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Unlike the Tallahassee Museum, which is actually a mini-zoo, the Tallahassee Museum of Florida History does look like a museum. Despite having less than 200000 residents it turns out that Tallahassee has quite the selection of museums, over 8 last time I counted (among those – Knott House, The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, […]

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If the Puppetry Museum and the Museum of Drinking Water didn’t convince you there are lots of great little museums across Taipei, perhaps this one will – the Museum of World Religions. In my last visit to Taipei I made a special effort to try and visit some of the lesser known museums in Taipei […]

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Heading towards the beautiful Filipino islands people often skip Cebu City. Though I agree that Cebu City might not be a destination that stands out by itself, if you do have a few hours to burn in Cebu before or after a flight there are definitely some local historical attractions you can explore (see previous […]

25 Oct, 2012 in Xiamen
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Want a taste of Europe in China? Gulang Island has just the thing. Though the island has suffered from the ongoing rampage of China’s 20th century political turmoil it still maintains what I believe is among the best selection of European architecture in China. Though houses are old, some of them crumbling down, many have […]

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A tour around Harvard University has a lot to offer beyond campus life. There are also some terrific museums ran by the university on various topics from a variety of research fields. One of the museums I visited while there was the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, arguably (source) … …

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Overlooking Qin Huai River and not too far from old Nanjing walls and the Gate of China is the Nanjing Confucius Temple featuring one of the biggest statues of the great teacher. In Taiwan I’ve been told that Confucian temples generally are not suppose to have statues, just scrolls, but this doesn’t seem to be […]

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Gainesville, 2.5 hours away from Tallahassee, is perhaps most famous for its local university – the University of Florida (as one Florida State University professor put it – "the second best university in Florida"). I came in to Gainesville to attend a small regional conference (SSSP ; Conference), hoping to see a bit of what […]

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China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in particular receive a lot of criticism for their lack of artistic creativity. I’ve had endless conversations with fellow expats describe the places I hold dear as an "arts wasteland" where there’s "no creativity" with an over commercialization of art into tasteless semi-fashion and art "lacking any expression of individuality". […]

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Ever since arriving in the region I’ve been repeatedly asked about my favorite place in China. Being the good psyc student that I am I am usually able to reflect back the question, and many of the responses I get include Suzhou as a wondrous place in China with the ancient gardens and long canals, […]

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There’s something magical about Sheung Wan. Only a short walk from the hustle and bustle of SOHO and LKF is this odd little local neighborhood that is a complete contrast to the modern insanity of the Central and Admiralty financial districts. Every time I visit that neighborhood I get flashbacks from my life in Tainan, […]

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