3 Aug, 2008 in Jerusalem
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Although I’ve lived in Jerusalem most of my life there’s still so much about this city that I know nothing about. Ever since I took first took interest in exploring Jerusalem a few years ago I keep discovering something new about Jerusalem almost weekly. This Saturday it was the Rockefeller museum, north of the old […]

30 Jul, 2008 in Jerusalem
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I love what they did with Mamila. Going from the center of town up to the Jaffa gate of the old city is now the renewed Mamila. A gorgeous preserved neighborhood turned a relaxing shopping district with a combination of the traditional Jerusalem stone architecture with modern coffee hangouts and expensive shops. In the evening […]

28 Jul, 2008 in Jerusalem
Overlooking Jerusalem from Tower of the Church of the Redeemer

Jerusalem’s special. A person can spend a lifetime living here and still not grasp the depths of this city, the vast history, the diverse culture, the impossible politics, the spirit of what Jerusalem is. This Saturday I joined the municipal tour through the old city of Jerusalem towards the Kidron stream valley in East Jerusalem […]

21 Jun, 2008 in Taiwan
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Instead of taking the train/HSR up to the airport, I took the regular night bus. It reminded me of my first arrival in Taiwan a few years back. Never in my life, anywhere else, have I seen anything like it. I’m a tall guy, way too tall for the average …

20 Jun, 2008 in Tainan
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A friend came by from northern Taiwan to visit my little Tainan pond on the worst possible weather. For a while forecast was predicting a comfortable hot sunny day, but then it suddenly turned and rain started pouring like I’ve never seen before. Absolutely mad rain for …

19 Jun, 2008 in Kaohsiung
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I have mixed feelings about malls. Although I’m not a passionate shopper, and almost feel uncomfortable with the endless options of ways to acquire fashion, the mall provides me with an opportunity for wandering and watching people where everyone else seem to feel comfortable. If I would need to shop for something for myself, it […]

9 Jun, 2008 in Chinese culture, Tainan
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Tainan’s 2008 Dragon Boat Festival was held yesterday at the Anping Tainan Canal with both the NCKU IIMBA students and NCKU Chinese Language Center participating. The Duanwu Festival is a Chinese traditional and statutory holiday. It is a public holiday in mainland China and in Taiwan, where it is known as the “Duanwu Festival”. …

5 Jun, 2008 in Tainan
Touring Tainan made easy : The Tainan tourist guiding boards

Till recently those signs were rare being just in the tourist spots in Tainan like next to the Chikan Towers, but it seems that in the past few weeks Tainan city tourism bureau has been putting them all over town, even the less touristic east side. I was surprised to see a few next to […]

4 Jun, 2008 in Kaohsiung
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Meinong (美濃鎮) of Kaohsiung County (高雄縣) in southern Taiwan is an area famous for its traditional Hakka folk culture with over 90% the population of Hakka ethnicity. A few weeks back I went with John to explore a bit more of “The Real Taiwan” (:P). Hakka is one of those things in Taiwan that I […]

31 May, 2008 in Taiwan
Israelis in Taiwan : Shani Weinstein writes about Taiwanese culture on YNet

A few weeks ago I mentioned an interview given by an Israeli – Shani Weinstein – for Reshet Bet. Seem like Shani’s pretty active in sharing her Taiwan experience with Israelis as I keep getting email references to things she writes about her life in Taiwan. The latest is an article in the online version […]

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