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The Forbidden city isn’t that big… just kidding.

Confession:   Sometimes I am an absolute idiot when I travel.  I mean I don’t mean to be but it happens.

I will often travel to a destination with an idea on how I think it is going to be but in reality I was wrong.   That is why I love to travel it changes your perception on everything.

For example, the Forbidden City.   My perception was what I had seen in the movies, or the occasional blog.

In other words, I thought it was just one maybe two buildings, pretty much this scene from Mulan

Don’t judge me I learned a lot of valuable lessons from Disney.

Anyway I digress.   I just thought we would walk in see this building and that would be that.

In fact, after we walked in I looked over at the person with me.

“The Forbidden City isn’t really that big, is it?”

The look he gave me was crazy.  It was mixed with shock, confusion and Jen you are f’ing crazy.  I guess he knew  the truth.

I mean the buildings were not that tall so I was kinda right.

So you will walk a lot and it is large like very large. Pretty sure it took us 4 hours just to walk through it. IF you were like me and walked all over Beijing the day before the Forbidden City it is very daunting.  In fact, I was beyond exhausted every night in China from all the walking.   (TAKE the subway, trust me)

It was a great attraction and obviously if you go to Beijing it is a must do.  I really enjoyed it, especially I have seen it in so many books, blogs and movies.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Forbidden City.

Have you been?


Absinthe and squat toilets

I have been very bad about not posting lately.  I am going to try and get back into blogging the crazy that is my life and I figured the best story to get back in the mix of it is this one.

So I tried Absinthe for the first time in China.   It typical Jen fashion it was hilarious.

No I didn’t hallucinate or at least from what I remember I didn’t.

Oh my.  I typically have a strict do not over drink rule when I am in a foreign country.  I like to keep my guard up and I like to make sure that just in case I get into trouble I have a clear head.

So why did I not follow this rule?  Cause this shit creeps up on you and the next thing you are hunting for a squat toilet at midnight walking back to your hotel.  More on that later.

We found this little quaint bar in a very trendy Hutong neighborhood.  The original plan was to get dessert hang out and call it an early night.    All I really remember, from this place is they showed the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show on repeat and they served absinthe.

and oh! they call marshmallows cotton candy.

I browsed the menu and I looked at Zach (he was with me in China) and said “Dude they have absinthe here”  While absinthe is no longer illegal in the US, you don’t really see it in bars in Dallas.  He had never tried it and I had never tried it, so hey why not try it… right??? Right. 

We ordered a round and the girl brought it to us with sugar cubes and lit it on fire.    We blew out the fire, smashed up the sugar and took the shot.

and it went down easy…. too easy.

In hindsight, this is why my ass had to use a squat toilet. (again more on this later) 

I received my dessert and after about 15 minutes I looked at Zach and said “I don’t really feel anything do you?”  He didn’t.

I thought it was odd, because I have ZERO tolerance and often have a pretty decent buzz after one glass of wine.  So I was a little shocked I didn’t feel anything.

So hey we are vacationing, let’s order another round.

and another…

and another…

and another…

You see where I am going with this?

Around midnight, I am sure in what was a very sexy slur… told Zach I was ready to go back to the hotel cause I was really tired from walking all over Beijing that day (really I was just drunk) so he paid the tab and we started our mile walk back to the hotel.

We were laughing and talking about just how amazing Beijing was and that Absinthe sneaks up on your ass…

When suddenly I had to pee… bad.

See here is the thing, this is not my proudest moment… but I refused to use the public restrooms in China… ahem the squat toilets.

I know.  I know.  Shame on me but I was terrified of them and while it is not my proudest travel moment I avoided them and would hold it all day.

Well I could not hold it and I got over that fear at midnight in a random hutong in Beijing China.

Sad thing is, I didn’t even see the Green Fairy.


Zach (& Jennifer’s) Zany Movie (& other media) Memoribilia!

Hey Fellow Cubicle Escapee’s:

If you like our giveaway’s (which we will still be doing occasionally) for those that like and want movie memoribilia but don’t trust people that you don’t know and want better prices then look into Jen and I’s EBay pages as we will occasionally sell some cool movie and other media memorabilia and will get it to you wrapped up tight, fast, safe, and sound.

Jen’s EBay handle is volunteer_travel_girl27

My EBay handle is mrmovie1201AM

I, (Zach) Currently have two items for sale:




Thanks and keep going to the movies!

Zach A.

What I would like to accomplish this year

Last year was interesting I found that while I got to do a lot of things I wanted to do it came at great cost on my relationships.   I also didn’t really write about traveling or adventuring… I pretty much only wrote about books.  Now while I love reading I much rather write about my journey.  Fortunately I have a lot of material I will be able to write about and I am excited to share it over the next few weeks.

This year my goals are pretty simple.  Take trips that matter, read 250 books, meet a few celebs and embrace minimalism.

I only have a couple of trips in the works right now.  I am currently planning a trip to Cuba and maybe India (for a wedding!).  Once I find a job and get my life back to balance then I might consider something else.   Right now I am really going to focus on me, rebuilding relationships in my life and focus on minimalism.

Last year I realized that a lot of the stuff in my life was just that… stuff and it was often stuff that kept me from doing things I really wanted to do.  In fact, most of it doesn’t really have any value to my life and I think it is time that I only have things in my life that add value.   I got so lost in having things that I really lost what was important in life.  It is not something I am proud of but this past year I did a lot of damage on personal relationships that I think it is time I really focus on what matters.

I am hoping to get my closet to 40 hangers.  That has been a struggle I swear the minute I get it down to 50 hangers I find another 20 items or so and BAM I am trying to unload more.   I am also trying to shred unnecessary mail and just declutter my life.  It is one hell of a challenge let me tell you.

When it comes to meeting celebrities I am cutting back on autographs.  I kinda got into a weird habit of getting autographs of people I didn’t know much about.  So I am going to start focusing on photos vs autographs.  I will continue getting autographs from people I do CARE about especially when it comes to shows I love… like the Walking Dead.

I am going to try and explore Dallas a bit more, there is still so much I have not seen in this city and I feel I really should try and focus on that.

So as you can see my year isn’t really exciting right now as I am trying to embrace balance and repair some damage I caused.  That being said I will post about travel and books as much as possible I just don’t have any crazy plans this year.