Category Archive: Mei’s Travel Journal

Mexico City: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Celebrate the Magic that is Mexico City and Explore the Love, Life & Art of Frida Kahlo! To many the idea of Mexico brings up sandy beaches and turquoise waters, laid-back Latin music and lazy afternoons of nursing fruity Margaritas. To me, someone who grew up in China during the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Mexico I…

Aspen: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Call of the Mountain! Throughout my travels, whenever I fly over snow covered mountains, I feel the rush of skiing down the slopes on my first trip to Aspen. Growing up in China, the idea of skiing was both thrilling and intimidating.  I was ambitious to take up skiing in my mid-20s when I first…

Abu Dhabi: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Awaken the Opulence of Abu Dhabi! I never found the idea of a desert romantic or exotic. But after moving to the US and getting to know other deserts around the world, thoughts of the colors and shades of light that dance over sand dunes made something I previously overlooked appear full of endless possibility. Presenting itself with…

Paris: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Rendezvous with Paris Doubting that Paris could ever live up to its larger than life reputation, I avoided going there for quite a while. In many mediums, it seemed all of its extravagance had already been explored and exploited. It was nothing personal; I just feared the disappointment I would face when Paris did not live up to the…

Easter Island: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Explore a New Side of Paradise My travels have taken me all around the globe, but I will be the first to admit they are concentrated mostly in Europe and Asia. So, even as a self-proclaimed globetrotter, I jumped at the chance to visit Easter Island for the first time. Other islands are, of course,…

Argentina: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

I’ve always imagined Argentina is a woman. I picture her in Buenos Aires, strolling the wide avenues lined of stately mansions in French, Spanish and Italian baroque styles, reminiscing about a life of culture and glamour in a city once known as the Paris of South America. Passing by the famous colonial pink palace, Casa Rosada, she lingers for a moment to remember…

London: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Big Ben Chimes, it’s London Calling. London came to me first in September 1982, when United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher traveled to China. The Iron Lady visited the city of Hangzhou, where I was born and where, at age 15, I was attending a boarding school for diplomacy. As a representative of my school,…

Shangri-La: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Unlock the Mysteries of Shangri-La When the flight arrived at Zhongdian (also called Shangri-La) in the middle of July, 2009, there were only a few suitcases at baggage claim, suggesting that this corner of China’s Yunnan province remains a quiet spot for visitors. We were greeted by our tour guide, a brightly dressed “Zuo Ma”…