Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

About this blog

Follow Francie & Greg as they journey through Asia for a year.
Current location: Seattle, USA

Current Stats:
Scrabble games: Francie 43, Greg 29
Travelled for 10  months



  1. stop counting days. i won’t believe you’re on vacation until i see a “??” there. but keep up with the scrabble scores.

    Comment by ben | January 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. Shwedagon Pagoda! Oh my god!

    btw – this blog is awesome. But why no comments on posts? I Got lucky and stumbled in here, but wanted to leave a comment right smack on the post itself.

    thanks for writing – I’m reading!

    -Scott (of Jill and Scott, and Max & Griz who miss you)

    Comment by Scott | April 14, 2007 | Reply

  3. For the record–‘No comments’ means that no one has commented yet. To comment you should click on the words ‘No comments’.

    Comment by Greg Martinez | April 15, 2007 | Reply

  4. hi – was googling Wolong and came across your blog – I’m off to Wolong 3 weeks today to work with the pandas! Loved your pictures, where are you staying – the Panda Inn?

    Comment by Jenni Johnston | August 2, 2007 | Reply

  5. Hi. Stumbled across your site and my daughter let out an enthusiastic squeal to see all your pandas. We just moved to Singapore 7 days ago and are hoping to get to China in the next 3 years to see the Pandas! Cheers and happy travels!

    Comment by lifebitsnpieces | August 6, 2007 | Reply

  6. Francie & Greg–

    Hi! Maneesh and I think that you two should move to the Bay Area when you get back and work for an adventure travel company. Are you in??? We have a place to stay for you, while you are getting set up. (We just got a house!) You had better come visit regardless. We love getting your postcards.

    Your fans forever,
    Sibyl & Maneesh

    Comment by Sibyl | August 11, 2007 | Reply

  7. I stumbled across your blog trying to find some info on the Lijiang Banyan Tree. My wife and I will spend a few nights there for our 10 year anniversary.

    Sounds like you guys are having a great time so far. I gather that you hail from the great Emerald City and I am from the same area. I live in China on the Tibetan plateau and thought I should offer my help in case you will be passing through my area. Send me a line if you need anything…

    Comment by jeff | August 14, 2007 | Reply

  8. Wow, what a time you’re having, and someone’s taking very nice photos … good luck keeping them all in order:)

    I’m putting together a book on African crops for a nonprofit and would like permission to use your picture of red and yellow watermelons in China ( Please, when you catch your breath from Tibet drop me a note and I’ll fill you in … until then, happy trails!

    Comment by Mark | August 23, 2007 | Reply

  9. Hi Francie,
    What a great blog and incredible pictures… Heard you were looking for a gig in Shanghai. Let me know if you are serious… I could use some help here!

    Take care,

    Comment by Marcella | September 20, 2007 | Reply

  10. Hi, I found your blog of your trips to asia and was wondering if you knew whether it’s legal to keep pandas as pets in China??? Please e-mail me to Thanx! *^_^*

    Comment by Clarisse | November 18, 2007 | Reply

  11. Hi Greg and Francie,

    I am fascinated by your travels. I am going on a Sierra Club trip to China in Oct. 2008. I am very interested in going early and volunteering at Wolong for about a week. Is that enough time to get a good feel for what Wolong is all about and maybe even getting to pet a panda? I am a veterinarian (30 years) with a small amount of zoo experience. I have traveled to Israel, Europe and Africa, but I only speak and understand English. As a 55 year old woman, in good physical shape, do you think I will have any trouble being accepted as a volunteer to a panda keeper? Any guidance you can provide would be very much appreciated. Thank you, Karen

    Comment by Karen Gordon | January 5, 2008 | Reply

  12. I’m curious to know if you have any lodging recommendations for Gili Trawangan (in Indonesia)? My boyfriend and I are going in a few months and it’s hard to know what the places we’ve found online will actually look like in person. Any tips will be helpful.


    Comment by Dana H | February 10, 2009 | Reply

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