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18th November 2014

An Epiphany in Hooters?
I loved you blog - thanks :)
18th November 2014

Thanks!
Hooters is a great place for an epiphany :) thanks for liking my blog!
18th November 2014

Harare
If you wish to spend holidays at the best place and acquire incredible experience, then one should visit Harare. You can easily get cheap flights to Harare. Harare is a place worth visiting and being the capital of Zimbabwe; this place attracts a large number of tourists every year.
15th November 2014

Lots of grands--Grand Canyon and the Rio Grande
Excellent you made it to the gorgeous Grand Canyon after paying your dues by driving through the wastelands of western Texas, southern New Mexico and El Paso. Yes, that river was the once-grand Rio Grande, which is pitifully small by the time it gets to Texas because Americans have siphoned off all it's water by then. And Hooters in Las Vegas--classic! Hope you survive!
From Blog: Am I dreaming?
16th November 2014

Barely alive...
Yes it was quite a ride... a little tired of deserts by now, looking forward to greener pastures in Utah and Wyoming. Vegas is good fun but tomorrow its time to head out... too much to handle lol
From Blog: Am I dreaming?
11th November 2014
Big Bend

Are we still in Texas?
I once drove from Austin, home to California, and after days of funky, ugly driving, we kept up this refrain. Well, now you've seen parts of the US that tourists rarely see--congrats! Glad to hear you're headed west--Grand Canyon and Sedona to the west, then north, or to Santa Fe, Taos, the Rockies in Colorado--and all can lead to those great red rocks in Utah. Be careful of those rattlesnakes and handlebar mustaches!
13th November 2014
Big Bend

Grand Canyon
I actually passed New Mexico already and just stopped in Albuquerque. Not too bad, we saw some rock drawings there and the landscape in New Mexico is amazing. Going to the Grand Canyon tomorrow and then heading west towards Vegas
7th November 2014

San Antonio
Just to clue you in since I have lived in Texas for 63 years......You haven't been to Texas until you visit San Antonio and the Alamo. : )
8th November 2014

San Antonio
Yes that is definitely on my list! Also a Spurs game in San Antonio would be nice...
6th November 2014
LaPlace

Riding the Big Dog!
Yes, it's an adventure that none of my friends have enjoyed though I've taken my share, with fortunately, no stories to tell. In California, we've been trying and failing to get a high-speed train forever--pitiful. The train is, incidentally, generally much more expensive than flying--go figure! Glad you got to go out in the swamps a bit; I visited a park there with boardwalks and views of alligators--trippy. I must say, I've crossed the country more than a dozen times, but I've never spent any time in the flat, boring central states--be warned!
7th November 2014
LaPlace

Boring Central States
Haha I am actually looking forward to see some vast USA countryside! Its something we don't have in Europe, as least not in these proportions. The swamps were amazing, would have liked to spend more time there...
6th November 2014

New Orleans
I'm always surprised that more foreigners don't spend more time in NOLA as it is one of our more interesting and diverse cities. We completely agree that public transportation is the way to go but sadly the oil lobby has too much pull to let that happen. They want to keep us dependent on cars. It is sad that we allow that.
7th November 2014

Cars
Yes I do understand the freedom of having a car, its largely the same in Europe. Sadly here there is no option to get around any other way. NOLA is pretty sweet indeed!
23rd October 2014

Texas
Don't mess with Texas....glad you are having fun.
23rd October 2014

Awesome Austin!
Love that local tourism slogan to "keep Austin weird," and I guess you proved true Nietzsche, "insanity in individuals is rare, but in groups, it is the rule." Glad you got to dip in that giant waterhole in the dammed-up river and sample the best city in Texas. I'm sure you'll find more wildness in New Orleans. Party on!
23rd October 2014

Survival
Not sure I can take much more of this madness :)) getting older!
5th October 2014
Houston

Lard land
Yes, Texas is infamous all over the US for everything big, but hey, you got to go to a giant festival of your fave music, so sometimes that's good. That Montrose area looks properly alternative and peaceful, and you got a great shot of one of the fine pieces of modern architecture downtown. I've heard San Antonio is smaller and picturesque, and I know Austin is very cool with a great music and food scene. Don't be discouraged about the "carding" in bars--it happened to me until I was in my 30s--humph!
6th October 2014
Houston

Haha I am in my 30s. I am trying to get around in TX but I don't have a car for the short time I am staying. Almost impossible!
5th October 2014

Chinese food--wazat?
Great foodie info! I read that Shenzhen has so many different regional dishes because it's a magnet for workers from all over the country who bring their tastes with them. At home in California, my fave "Chinese" food was aubergine--either Hunan or Szechuan. Imagine my surprise that it doesn't exist in Chinese restaurants in Europe or South America (it's really horrible in Peru). So, I looked up Chinese cuisine and learned what you pointed out--great regional differences. I also thought I wouldn't like the real stuff because they ate all sorts of weird meat and insects, but from your blog, it seems it might be ok.
6th October 2014

Nah don't worry, the weird meat is usually the most expensive so you won't stumble upon it if you don't look for it :)
5th October 2014

Interesting contrasts
I just read your blogs on North Korea and like you, thought that it seemed like China in the 70s. What a contrast to modern China with its look-alike, high-rise cities! I've read that everywhere there, the "old towns" with their quaint alleys and traditional architecture are being displaced by skyscrapers needed to house those flocking in from the countryside. Perhaps, as in other places, there will be outdoor museums with examples of the old style buildings--sad. It's clear why most of my friends who've visit China avoid these cookie-cutter cities and go more to the southwest, ethnic parts. I suppose it's only a matter of time before even these will be colonized by the urban giants. Too bad they're not following Japan's route of preserving as well as modernizing.
6th October 2014

Unfortunately Japan and China are a polar opposite in almost everything. The areas that people believe to be "most authentic" are actually the areas where ethnic minorities and not Han Chinese live. The mainstream Chinese culture has just become a "cooky cutter" in every possible aspect...

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