4 Apr, 2008 in Kaohsiung
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Spring break. Some of the students I know are down at Kending for the Spring Scream, some just chilling out, some went back to their families to do some family tomb cleaning for the national Tomb Sweeping Day. I was just looking for some relaxation, and was actually planning to take the highway 88 to […]

3 Apr, 2008 in Taiwan

Although I’ve known that the Taiwan holocaust museum is somewhere out there since my first month in Tainan, it is only this week that I was able to figure out where it was hiding. An email from a European holocaust funds organization asking me about the museum has convinced me it was time for me […]

2 Apr, 2008 in Taiwan

It never ceases to amaze me the things I find around Tainan, and those two places I visited this Sunday in the middle of no-where countryside Tainan County were just unbelievably remarkable. I’ll start with the first one. How Taiwan, a country the size of Israel with a sensitive political situation, has been able to […]

1 Apr, 2008 in Taiwan
Taiwan strange peculiarities - Fuck Tainan

There are a few thing around Tainan that always make me park my scooter and stare, even if it’s the 20th time I go through that street. Fuck is one of them. I can’t imagine why anyone would ever consider calling his place “Fuck”, but there you have it “Fuck …

30 Mar, 2008 in Kaohsiung
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Hidden in the back of the fast developing area of Kaohsiung’s Zuoying – where the Taiwan High Speed Rail reaches Kaohsiung and where the newly opened Kaohsiung underground MRT now runs – is a mysterious world of gorgeous temples and pagodas. Kaohsiung is preparing for the World Games 2009 and so the Lotus pond-lake is […]

29 Mar, 2008 in India

We were planning to stay two nights at Rishikesh. Actually, we were planning to stay two nights at quite a few places along the way, but we haven’t really followed those plans anywhere, the main reason being thinking we already “get” where we are and wanting to see something else somewhere else. Only problem is, […]

27 Mar, 2008 in India

Varanasi in north-eastern India, we were told, is very crowded and far-off our Rajasthan track, but wanting to experience the holy Ganges ceremony, my dad was suggested that we head up to the holy city of Rishikesh and see it there. Luckily, the Shatabdi train ride was so much better than my train experience in […]

25 Mar, 2008 in India
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I had a few hours to kill before my dad’s arrival to the Delhi Paharganj hell-hole. Same bullshit with that main bazaar road every time I step outside. I pick up a rickshaw, an English speaking guy comes up quickly and shoots out all the English speaking countries he ever heard of, and when I […]

24 Mar, 2008 in India
India Gate Delhi-6.JPG

Although Delhi’s Paharganj area was testing my backpacking travel skills in ways I wasn’t expecting, I sucked it all up and made my way to visit the Delhi main tourist attraction sites. There are some magnificent historical monuments in Delhi and I had about 2 days to explore those. First day, I started up with […]

23 Mar, 2008 in Kaohsiung

There’s something symbolic in where I spent my Taiwan election day. High up on the ShouShan mountain overlooking the sea and Kaohsiung city was the Martyrs’ Shrine : From its imposing, majestic and scenic location at the southern foot of Shoushan, Kaohsiung City’s Martyrs’ Shrine overlooks Kaohsiung Harbor and the city districts …

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