Archive for February, 2008

12th Feb 2008

Day Trip to Kyoto

Kyoto

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12th Feb 2008

Snow, Wine and Wii

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05th Feb 2008

Japanese Time Travel

Today, I went to Himeji, a town west of Kobe and the home of the appropriately named, Himeji Castle. I suppose it would be more accurate to say that the town is appropriately named since the castle has been there longer.

On my way to Himeji, on a “Special Rapid” train from Kobe, I experienced a bizarre sensation that I had traveled into the future. Speed trains, futuristic cell phones that I’ve never seen before, tiny little houses, silence, politeness, it’s a little weird. Then when I arrived at Himeji Castle, with crows flying around, very few people and an impressive 14th century Japanese castle, I felt as though I had traveled back in time. That’s about it. Weird day. Here are photos.

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03rd Feb 2008

Happy Year of the Rat!

Chinese New Year in Japan

I managed to escape the Chinese winter but decided to come to a place that is colder, yet better heated and shockingly quieter. I was greeted in the Osaka airport by heaters. Lovely inventions that I had almost forgotten could heat entire buildings. The next pleasant surprise was the well-posted and followed instructions around baggage claim, asking people not to crowd around the belts but rather to make room for people actually picking up their bag. I know it seems silly and trivial, but it’s pretty exciting when pushing to the front of the line is not a common practice. Finally, I was greeted by my rushed brother and my recently nauseous niece Riley, who had had a miserable bus ride to the airport to meet me.

Since then we’ve been doing a bit of shopping (surprise surprise) and eating. The first round of pictures are below. I’ll be posting a bit more regularly since Todd and Kirsten’s internet is so much faster than my own.

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03rd Feb 2008

Winter in Xiamen and a lamb, a whole lamb

It is currently cold in Xiamen, painfully cold. Well, don’t go verifying by checking weather.com because you’ll just think that I’m a wussy, but it’s cold and we have no heaters, because the Chinese government tells us it’s better that way.

You might ask, how do people cope in the winter with no heaters? Well, I don’t know how the locals do it, but we foriegners cope by eating massive amounts of food. And if you click the photo link below you will see the visual evidence. We have a favorite restaurant that brings us food from northwestern China, Jinxiang. The area is primarily Muslim so you get lots of lamb and no pork, but oddly enough it’s the closest thing to Mexican food that I’ve found in China outside of my own kitchen. This is mainly due to the use of cumin in their food, but enough from me, check out the photo of the entire lamb that we ate. It was big.

There are also photos from some of the sites around Xiamen.

January in Xiamen

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03rd Feb 2008

Photos Updates – Bali and Bangkok

Christmas & New Year's

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