Monthly Archives: September 2012

Best. Menu. Ever.

When traveling through Asia gets tiring, you can always get a good laugh by opening a menu and feasting your eyes upon the poorly-translated offerings. China has provided its share of chuckles. And then, one fateful night in Shanghai, we … Continue reading

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Just One (More) Photo?

Karen and I have been tourist attractions for months, with locals snapping photos of us, presumably to go home and marvel at our freakishly pale skin. Here’s one of the best things about traveling with Chris and Angie: now, the … Continue reading

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The Bund

It’s hard to imagine that über-modern Shanghai… … once looked like this. Shanghai has kept in touch with its past by preserving the Bund, a strip of historic buildings along the harbor. Former banks and trading houses have been converted into … Continue reading

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Rice Cake Break

Yes, we are in China and we should be searching out Chinese food. Yet I will never pass up the opportunity to teach my friends about the world’s perfect meal. So we ate Korean instead. We started with the popular … Continue reading

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Propaganda-A-Go-Go

I love propaganda art: the chiseled soldiers, the grotesque caricatures, the black-and-white world view. So I was thrilled to find the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. And I do mean find… it’s in the basement of an apartment building, which … Continue reading

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Next Stop: China (Again)

We left Hong Kong behind, flying to the mainland in search of the real China. Instead, we found Shanghai. It started with the train. With that kind of Disneyland introduction to the city, you’d be expecting a modern, slightly zany … Continue reading

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The Fall

It was going to be a simple day, wandering Hong Kong’s harbor on my own and scouting restaurants for a celebratory dinner. The universe had other plans for me. With raindrops falling, I decided to take an underground metro passage … Continue reading

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Bossy, Bossy

So many posters… so many instructions… where am I? Is this Singapore, home of the $500 fine for spitting? Nope, this is the Hong Kong metro, decorated with overwhelmingly helpful reminders from the Ministry of Telling You How To Do Everything. … Continue reading

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Disinfect Your Cares Away

To those of us coming from India and Nepal, Hong Kong seemed clean… a little too clean. The reason soon became clear. Wherever we went, we saw tags on doors, escalators, and other surfaces, noting how often those surfaces are disinfected. … Continue reading

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Karen’s Critters: Visiting an Old Friend

Make that a very old friend. About 42,000 years old. I fell in love with woolly mammoths two decades ago while visiting the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. These huge animals are similar to elephants, yet brown and woolly. That … Continue reading

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