Category Archives: travel

On The Dangers Of Trusting Travel Apps

Part of my prepping for Beijing included installing the offline TripAdvisor application on my HiSense tablet, and it turned out to be both stunningly helpful and fiendishly traitorous. To wit: It was marvelous at looking up hotels and restaurants and … Continue reading

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One Final American Fast Food in China Post

This post represents me FINALLY running out of food photos.  I really didn’t eat that many notable things in China, come to think of it.  When I wasn’t experimenting with familiar fast food chains I mostly lived off street vendor … Continue reading

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McDonalds Sahara Grill Chicken Burger

I sometimes wonder whether people visiting the US get the same comforting feel from the sight of the Golden Arches.  It’s a sign that, no matter how alien the local food, customs, and language may be, there’s at least one … Continue reading

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Public Transit in Beijing

Negative post warning I have a very difficult time loving Beijing. Part of that is almost certainly because the hotel I stayed in was in the heart of the tourist district surrounding the Forbidden City, etc, and that meant that … Continue reading

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Visiting the Forbidden City

I like the sound of that.  The Forbidden City.  Sounds rather like a Tomb Raider level, doesn’t it? At any rate, the Forbidden City, also rather boringly known as the Palace Museum, is a collection of former imperial palaces at … Continue reading

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Random Chinese Junk Food

I have a friend who is a big fan of Kinder Eggs.  These are chocolate treats, sold everywhere in the world that is not the US, that consist of a hollow chocolate egg with a toy surprise inside.  They are … Continue reading

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Speak & Spell Not Included

If I had to pick an unexpected benefit of visiting China rather than Japan, I’d have to say that it was a fairly inexpensive trip.  When I visit Japan, I tend to do a LOT of shopping.  I mostly stick … Continue reading

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Kentucky Fried What Now?

Of the big western fast food chains, I don’t think any have adapted quite as thoroughly to Asian tastes as Kentucky Fried Chicken.  In Japan, the chain has even managed to make itself part of the local Christmas tradition and … Continue reading

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Beijing’s Yaneura – Maid Café From Hell

I’m not going to claim that I’m any sort of Maid café expert, but I’ve been to a couple in Tokyo and one in Osaka, and my opinion is that they’re generally nice places to go if you’re in the … Continue reading

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The sky above Beijing was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel

I have waited 30 years for an excuse to rip off Gibson.  China provided that excuse. When I went to the flea market at Panjiayuan, I had a rather pleasant conversation with one of the vendors, mostly about the weather … Continue reading

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