China: Very tall building!


Today we went to the 2nd tallest building in the world, it was a little expensive but pretty amazing. The elevator going up goes 40mph but is totally silent, all you feel is your ears popping :). Beyond that, we went to nick’s tailor and roamed some malls and streets.

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China: Amazing food tour :)


Dad and I went on an AMAZING Shanghai food tour and I highly recommend it if you are in town. We walked around old Shanghai for 4 hours trying all kinds of food, along with some history/insight, local alcohol, and tea. Our guide was Jim and he was fantastic :). We also went to a big Carrefour for some groceries which you will see below :).

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China Arrival :)


My dad and I are visiting China for the next 3 weeks!!! My brother has lived in Shanghai for 3+ years and teaches here, and I am excited to finally visit him :). The flight wasn’t too bad compared to flying to Australia (12 hours instead of 16). Day one was mostly recovering from jet lag, checking out Nick’s neighborhood, using the metro, checking out the bund, and grabbing sim cards.

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Calico cracks me up :)


We had a good drive down to Arkansas, and Calico is enjoying seeing his grandparents and extended family :).

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Snow Day!


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Master & Commander Movie


This is one of my favorite movies and Rusell Crowe was awesome. If you haven’t seen this I strongly recommend you do, it is routinely underrated IMO. Based on some great books too.

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My Review of uDirect’s IRA Service


Avoid uDirect like the plague! I switched to them a while back but decided to go a different route and move the money to Vanguard. They made it incredibly hard and their customer service was the worst I have ever experienced. The day I finally got the money moved and account closed I said a silent prayer, I think the process took 6 months… And, from my point of view, uDirect did everything they could to make it hard to leave their services. Their online interface is a total joke too. Plenty of better companies out there.

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This is bwb’s personal blog, so he can share his thoughts with the world, however scary or silly they might be. Plus family and friends can track what I am up to, and where I am in the world.

I am pretty simple. I love Mangos. I love the ocean (although mostly at sunset, as I’m a ginger). I love to travel, eat exotic food, do long bike rides, read, and use my imagination. At some point, I decided it was better to be a pirate captain than an admiral. I am a globalist and see the entire world as my responsibility and playground. And I am married to an amazing woman who makes life even more fun :)! And we are now the proud parents of Calico Jack :).