Air Traffic Strike


Air traffic controllers in Paris are on strike, which delayed my flight from Portugal to Geneva by 3 hours. Get to Geneva, flight to Beijing has left so I change money to Swiss Francs and they book me a hotel for the night. Go to the hotel bar and upon trying to pay, bartender says in a thick french accent, “I am sorry my friend, this is France, we only accept the Euro”. 15 minute ride from the Swiss airport and I’m in a French hotel with a wallet full of Swiss Francs, Chinese RMB, Brazilian Reales, and American Dollars. Traveling…


Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).