Barbara Smatlanek


Barbara Smatlanek

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Go ... Go ... GO.... while the getting is good!!!

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto January 12th 2015

January 12, 2014. Toronto has declared an extreme weather alert warning ... the temperature will go down to -17 and then -25 with the wind chill factor and I am here, not in Harbin, NE China, with millions of others enjoying the Winter Ice Festivsal. Jan. 9, arrived 14:20 by direct flight, Beijing to Toronto, after 13hrs and three to four video movies, on Hainian Air. Waited till 17:00 to be picked up because of traffic difficulties. Great relief to be on familiar ground and able to speak with and help others with confidence speaking fluently in English. Am trying conscientiously not to inflict verbal diahrrea on anyone in my immmediate space. It has taken my body and mind two and a half days to realize and wakeup knowing that I am back and that there ... read more

Asia » China » Tibet » Lhasa January 5th 2015

Car 5 Unit 8 Bunk 32 … The Train from Lhasa to Beijing One of three major goals during this China trip was to take this train from Lhasa to Beijing. My excellent consultant from accesstibet arranged for the ticket. All the cold facts can be gleaned from the site below. The pic of Lhasa station I took from the internet. Its too huge for my little camera. It is the biggest station ever and has brought about massive change to the city of Lhasa ... positive and negative. ....Derek Wong ... Nov 28, 2014 “Major attractions are Qarhan Salt Lake, Yuzhu Peak, Kekexili Nature Reserve, Tuotuo He River, Tangula pass, Tsonag Lake, Qiangtang prairie, Namtso, etc.” I think I saw all the etcetera... read more
Recycled Grain Sacks
Catching the Z22
Lhasa to Beijing

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island December 16th 2014

I hope that I have done all that was on my to do list for HongKong. ONLY one more day to wander around. I will go by tram the Happy Valley Racecourse Museum. Races happen at 19:30. I may and thenagain may not participate ... nonot ride the horse nor bet .... but watch the people and the race. The actual list is frozen in the fried notebook, which should by now be in some container in Shanghai Harbour. And now for a picture story of my second last day in HongKong. Below you will find with 20 pictures with titles and captions. Enjoy.... read more
Organizing Early in the Morning
December Gardening
Hong Kong Mosaic

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai December 15th 2014

What a lazy day. Slept until 08:30 and then worked on computer looking for info about Lijiang Airport. Finally by 11:30 I was out and going to deliver my bag of laundry. Whereas my few pieces cost $335HKD at the Nina Tower Hotel here at the downtown Laundry for 6 pieces I paid $60HKD. The clothes will be ready by six tomorrow. Then into the MTR at Central and to Admiralty to find the Flagstaff Museum where the teapot collection of K.S.Lo is housed. The man became rich by selling Vitasoy products all over the world. He donated his collection of teapots to the city when he heard that Flagstaff House was going to be turned into a museum after being the residence of the Commander of British Forces in HK. In 1984 it became the ... read more
High Court ...  Four Escalators Up
Mid-Levels Reaching to the Peak
Teamwork Beautifies the Fountain

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island December 14th 2014

HK is such a tiny spot on the map ... not even big enough to contain the name of its capitol although the capital is just oozing out of every crackin the concrete. This Sunday I encountered some woundrous surprises. 1. Filipino Guest workers amassed on the walkways going towards Star Ferry Service. 2. I found a book ... a whole book ... about Isugouharu Foujita, a Japanese artist. 3. I was amazed by the HongKong Dance Company. no pics allowed - google Storm Cloud 4. The sparseness of the Museum of Art HK remains unexplained. 5. Toilet was filthy again at MacDonalds 6. Watercolourist had set up his collection of paintings in the foyer of theCultural Centre and was selling his book. As I walked to the ferry wharf I encountered masses of women packing ... read more
Thousands on the Walkways
Isugouharu Foujita
The Art Museum Seen from the Cultural Centre

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island December 13th 2014

While accending the Mid-Levels Escalator after visiting the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Museum I was extremely lucky to come upon the following phenomena ... men without safety belts erecting bamboo scaffolding. One side of the apartment building is being covered so that maintenance can be carried out. One tenant was out on his balcony watching the process thru his small jardin. The bamboo rods are tied together with black plastic lengths. These hang from the waists of the men giving the appearance of huge horse tails. There are two views, one side view from the footbridge and then further along after a sharp turn on the footbridge a view straight on. Also took six minutes of video but apparently is not supporting videos at themoment. Will publish as soon as possible. It was a bit scary ... read more
The Floating Man on theLeft!
Stacked ... Ready  ... Next Site
Bamboo Stakes Reach Down to the Sidewalk

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon December 12th 2014

The objective today was to visit the History Museum and .... it was so! It was not an early start! Mainly because I play around in the morning with my lovely new Asus Transformer Notebook downloading and organizing my pics. I did not make it out of the mini-room until after ten. Using the M.T.R. to get across to Kowloon was easy. Signage is clear, often repeated and without ambiguity. The specific exits are mentioned by A B C and so on sometimes going beyond K. Following the correct exit letter brought me directly to Cameron Road. From there I followed the directional arrows to the History Museum. Easy-Peasy. In no time I had made it over the Chatham Road via the walkway. Along this elevated path the directions were again clearly given. No way one ... read more
Sushi Fixin's  Delivered
Walkways Make Crossing Streets Easy
The Old Tea Shop

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon December 11th 2014

Day two in HK. Walked down to the pier and took Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour. Rush hour was over and very few people were on the boat. On the water was a small boat and on the boat was a man with a net at the end of a long pole. He was scooping up debris from the water. What an idea! I know of a few bodies of water that could make use of this simple method of ridding quais of stinking garbage! Once on the Kowloon side I went to the happy room at the golden arches. I must call these people. Usually the happy rooms at the arches are always very clean. Breakfast became an egg mcmuffin and coffee. The most important goal for today was to secure a ticket for the ... read more
Storm Clouds Martial Arts Dance Drama
Palm Trees as it was at  the First Christmas
Famous Kowloon Clock Tower

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai December 10th 2014

The first full day in HK began with a tall americano and a dull danish at the nearest Starbucks. Used some computer time there but was somewhat uninspired by the ambiance... none.... and a guy discussing weighty financial matters loud enough for me to go check the HangSeng! Ambling thru the glass structures the Pier was attained. The search was for Central Pier 9. From this spot would depart the nite cruise around Victoria Harbour. Walking past the opening for the underground passage, debris from previous demonstrations was encountered. Following a group of domestic tourists, the street was crossed and the pier was in view. On the way, buildings arranged along the water front attracted my attention. With glee I discovered the Maritime Museum. It was only 10:45. The whole day lay ahead of me. There ... read more
Walkway to Piers and Ferries
The Boat Not Taken
Dock Workers Before Containers

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai December 10th 2014

HongKong Central is where all the money is. People are dressed to the nines; men in suits and ties with wrinkle free white shirts sporting real shoes, women in tailored outfits with matching pumps, handbags, hairdoos and makeup, all traipsing past Gucci, Paiget, Lalique, Cartier, Bulgari /Bulgravi, Mont Blanc and all those other names too. And amognst this jungle of designer wear and high finance housed in ever higher reaching glass spindles n the sky who comes along but Barbara in her MEC pants, beat up hiking boots and raspberry red backpack. I am wearing a Ralph Lauren shirt knockoff with polo rider and altered made-to-fit-the-length-of my-arm-sleeves. And I did buy comfy black and yellow sandals at the Stanley Street Market. I trudged up Ice House Road to number 38 and found the MiniCentral Hotel ... ... read more

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