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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau went into the woods to live in solitude. I moved to China. Still, these words have always resonated with me. Bored of my daily routine, I could feel time passing me by while I dreamt of faraway places. Like Thoreau, I wanted to live deliberately; to actively choose where I wanted to be and what I wanted to be doing. So here I am, taking the reins.


Lichen and Layovers is a travel blog with an environmental focus. Looking through my pictures from my first month in China, I realized that I had visited all the major parks in the city but few (really just one) of the historical landmarks.  A majority of my pictures were of interesting plants that I’d seen. After all, the main thing that drew me to Hainan province was that the tropical island contains over 50% of China’s biodiversity. I’m more interested in birding opportunities and hidden camping spots than statues and old buildings. Don’t get me wrong, I will most likely also visit and write about statues and old buildings, but I also want to learn more about local environmental concerns and species ID.

My latest posts

Halloween at school in China

Kindergarten in China, Part 2

Part 2: Holidays, Field Trips, and More about my school Why is that when I was in school it was a struggle trying to stretch an essay into 1000 words, ...
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Pressing Leaves Bookmark

DIY Natural Souvenirs

How to: Press leaves for simple, inexpensive souvenirs Gift shops are usually full of tacky, over-priced thing-a-ma-bobs that will add clutter to your life and your luggage. It’s difficult to ...
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Kindergarten in Haikou, China

Kindergarten in China, Part 1

Part 1: The Day-to-Day Routine Typing in "Kindergarten in China" in Google leads to countless articles about a recent abuse scandal at a kindergarten in Beijing. While this is a ...
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