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Category Archives: travel

Hong Kong Notes


What’s Hong Kong like? I’m done travel blogging it, I think, but here are my notes: 13th: 6 lbs. of Velveeta and I go through 15 minutes of interrogation about its solidity, potential explosive qualities, and my travel history at JFK. We pass. 15th: Killer onion bhajjis. Suit measurement in TST, followed by Kowloon Park […]

Photos of South America


Gotcha! You thought I’d posted some? I’ve been thinking a bit about how to post photos, or rather which photos to post. I may postpone it further by writing a post about how I intend to post them. I’d like to avoid the visual equivalent of the preceding post — an unyielding wall of similar […]

Clearing the backblog


After the three semi-timely posts we turned out in Bolivia, things got complicated. I should really go back to paper–this isn’t the first time I’ve just fallen behind unaccountably. It’s interesting to think about why I’ve been so successful in the act of blogging (with no comments on the results, please) on some trips in […]

Sucre and Santa Cruz de la Sierra


La Paz leftover: the bowler hats on Andean women were fascinating. We’ve read how they were introduced, but are curious as to whether they’re invariably undersized by necessity or by fashion. Anyone know? Not much to report since, because there’s been too much to report. Our Aerosur flight to Sucre was fine and came with […]

She says- La Paz


It’s our last night in La Paz, and I can’t believe Daniel Harris described what we have done as “intense lazing around.” Pfff. DH’s idea of “taking it easy” somehow involved more than four hours (!) a day of some of the most intense walking I have ever done. Friends, this is some extremely high […]

La Paz, Bolivia


We’ve almost caught our breaths in La Paz after two days of walking uphill everywhere and intense lazing about. Time to leave: we’ll fly to Sucre (scheduled at 45 min. vs. the 14 hour bus ride) tomorrow midday. Our flight from Miami to La Paz was delayed several hours on the tarmac: ICE had a […]

Galle and Ella


Saw my first international sporting event in Galle — part of the test cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. I understood some of it. The stadium is brilliantly located, with views of the ocean and fort. The fort ramparts have their own views of the stadium, which many were taking advantage of. Torrential […]

Pushkar, Mahipalpur, Colombo, Galle


Pushkar was in sad shape, as the lake all its temples surround has been replaced by a mostly-dry trash pit. There was delicious health food to be had, though. I stayed in the “Eurostar International” hotel near the Delhi airport — completely clean with a fair price for airport transfers and generally a phenomenal value […]

Most of the rest of Rajasthan


Bundi was lovely — small, relaxing, etc. I got good news while I was there, and savored it from a rooftop looking a well-lit palace enjoying my first (and likely only) beer of the trip. Kingfisher lager. Not terrible. A bit sweet. Cold. The next morning, I was the first person to brave the local […]

Photos going up


Photos, mostly unsorted and unrotated, are slowly appearing in the usual place. Made the standard Jaipur circuit today–Amber and Jaigarh forts, City Palace, the sublime Jantar Mantar psychedelic astronomical garden, and Hawa Mahal. Bundi in the morning.