unexpected learning: keats chinese school

unexpected learning: keats chinese school

As you all know by now, I spent 8 weeks studying Chinese in Kunming, China. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, Kunming is a fantastic home base. It’s pretty easy to get to loads of different destinations. More than three months ago, when I was in the process of looking for [...]

unexpected mongolia: naadam and trying fermented mare’s milk?!

unexpected mongolia: naadam and trying fermented mare’s milk?!

Naadam is what I like to call the Mongolian Olympics. It's a festival/competition of three events: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Naadam is quite interesting because there's the main one in Ulaanbaatar, but also smaller countryside ones. The two types of Naadams, countryside and UB, are completely different from each other. UB's is supposedly a [...]

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (2)

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (2)

Welcome back to Wanderlust Watchlist, where I'm showing you THREE destinations on my radar! Summer is in full swing, so I've been feeling beautiful beaches and easy living. It's been a stressful couple of weeks here at Unexpected Occurrence, so these are places I'd love to relax in! Tuscany, Italy This is a region of [...]

unexpected tips: the 5 best activities southeast asia offers

unexpected tips: the 5 best activities southeast asia offers

Southeast Asia... There's nowhere in the world like this crazy little region. There are countless things to do here, and hey, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, fellow travel blogger, Isabel, is here to share her top 5 activities Southeast Asia has on offer... and they sound fantastic. Southeast Asia is a sprawling part [...]

unexpected china: five experiences you MUST have

unexpected china: five experiences you MUST have

Try chou dou fu You’ll smell it WAY before you see it. Miles worse than durian, chou dou fu (stinky tofu) has a smell reminiscent of rotting garbage. So of course I tried it. Compared to the smell, the taste is surprisingly mild. In fact, I even went on to try a bunch of old fermented [...]

unexpected southeast asia: 5 favourite cities for solo travelers

unexpected southeast asia: 5 favourite cities for solo travelers

Solo travel in SEA is always a blast. The other travelers are (generally) super warm and friendly, the food is fantastic, the sights beautiful, and the weather, warm (most of the time)! Although you can't REALLY go wrong traveling in Southeast Asia, here are my TOP 5 destinations for solo travel! Bagan, Myanmar  Bagan is [...]

unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

In the beginning of July, I mentioned that I wanted to explore Mongolia. It's a place travellers often overlook, and it was calling my name! So I made it happen. Phil (from my Chinese school) and I met back up in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and then flew out West to the Altai Mountains. The Altai are [...]

unexpected questions: is nepal safe for solo female travelers?

unexpected questions: is nepal safe for solo female travelers?

I am a solo female traveler. Naturally, this prompts people to ask me about safety. One of the places people ask me about most is Nepal. I've traveled to Nepal three times- two of which were solo trips, and I've "lived" there for about three months. It's important to remember that bad things can happen [...]

unexpected weekend trips: dali

unexpected weekend trips: dali

By now, you guys have probably guessed that my friends and I like to get away from our studies by going on weekend trips. This weekend, we checked out Dali, an ancient town north of Kunming. Dali is a great destination for a weekend away. It's full of amazing restaurants and cute little alleyways to discover and [...]

unexpected weekend hike: tiger leaping gorge

unexpected weekend hike: tiger leaping gorge

Anya went hiking again... that shouldn't even be a surprise by now. I've heard wonderful things about Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, China, and being in Yunnan made for no excuse NOT to go! This past weekend, some friends and I headed out, despite the bad weather reports. NOTE: there is an upper trail (hiking) [...]