Archive for February, 2015

Back to Hong Kong November 2014

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Wednesday November 26 Loooooooong day. Our Cambodian tour guide had a friend who would drive me to the airport for $15US as opposed to the $35 the hotel would have charged for their car and driver, so of course I said yes to that. (I actually upped his tip by $10, so in effect I […]

Cambodia November 2014

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

But now it’s on to Cambodia. The waiting time at the airport was longer than the flight; it was less than a one-hour hop. When we arrived at Siem Reap, we were met by our new guide (about whom personally we were to learn some interesting things during our couple of days here) and taken […]

Mekong Delta/Saigon November 2014

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Wednesday November 19 Loooooooooonnngg travel day. Up at 5AM to get the luggage out the door into the hallway, have breakfast, and board the bus to the airport by 6:15. We’re off to Saigon this morning, but only in transition to the Mekong Delta for now. We’ll come back to see Saigon itself in a […]

Da Nang/Hue November 2014

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

We piled back on the bus to go to the airport for the Vietnam Airlines flight to Da Nang and our hotel for the next three days, the Hyatt Regency Resort. Wow. It’s right on famous China Beach. The surf looks as good as it does in Hawaii. Everything about my room is excellent. This […]

Hanoi November 2014

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Tuesday November 11 Flew down this afternoon from Shanghai to Hanoi, about a three-and-a-half hour flight on Vietnam Airlines. The stewardesses wore long, formfitting red silk tunics with slits to the waist (ao dais, they’re called) over white slacks and a cut off top, exposing glimpses of the midriff. Great outfit if they have the […]

Shanghai November 2014 (3)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Thursday, November 6 I took a quick Metro trip down to Old Shanghai where the city began several hundred years ago, just to wander the rabbit warren of narrow back alleys. If you could ignore the tall apartment blocks in the background, get rid of the motorized vehicles, and imagine the streets unpaved or at […]

Shanghai November 2014 (2)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Tuesday, November 4 Another glorious morning. I love the way the sunlight streams into the bathroom and makes patterns on the wall from the blinds. It’s supposed to be this nice all week. Bright, sunny and cool. Clean air, due to all the rain last week I guess. I read in the paper this morning […]

Shanghai November 2014 (1)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Saturday, November 1 The air in Shanghai hasn’t been bad since I’ve been here. I remember last December when it was the worst I’ve ever seen, with the meter atop the American Consulate literally off the scale. They call such days here and especially in Beijing “airpocalypses.” The Chinese government is mounting a major effort […]

Shanghai October 2014

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Monday, October 27 Almost a ballistic flight up from Taipei, just an hour and a half — but China Eastern still served a tasty hot meal. Our airlines could learn a lot about service from them. I took the MagLev train in to town from the airport. Whoosh! Fifteen minutes, top speed well over 300kph. […]

Taiwan October 26 2014

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Sunday, October 26 Another day full of random stuff, one thing leading to another, with lots of surprises along the way. This is an interesting city with so much going on. First order of business was to find a Catholic church with an English-language mass. Not easy in Taipei, mostly because no one knows what […]