13 Mar, 2008 in Taiwan
Taiwan High Speed Rail - HSR - Tainan - Taipei-11.JPG

Taiwan’s High Speed Rail (HSR) is a wonderful project. From northern Taipei to southern Kaohsiung in less than two hours is a conceptual revolution in the way distance is perceived in Taiwan. The way everything looks is extremely professional. The parking lot, taxi stand and drive-in are neatly arranged.   The stations …

12 Mar, 2008 in India
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Nothing prepared me for what I was about to see in Delhi. I must apologize, thinking of Delhi doesn’t do good for my soul, and I don’t really have a good reason why. It probably has some great neighborhoods and good spots, but I’ll do what I can to avoid going back there again. My […]

11 Mar, 2008 in India
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Having rested for a few days chilling out not doing much on the Goa beaches I headed out to try and see as much of Goa as possible. I started off with going up the mountain to the lovely Fort Aguada next to Candolim beach with the light-house overlooking the Panajai  beach and Coconut …

6 Mar, 2008 in India
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Anjuna is the hippie joint, and Israelis used to love Anjuna a while back when it was still the center for wild mushroom trance parties, which are now considered illegal, are a bit harder to find, and are often visited by the local police. Wednesdays are especially nice in Anjuna, with the local flee markets […]

5 Mar, 2008 in India
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I’ve heard so much about Goa before I came there that it’s quite surprising how I haven’t been there before. I actually wanted to see all of the different kinds of Goa beaches, spend a little time in each, and see how those match to the fairy tales told to me by Israeli backpackers coming […]

2 Mar, 2008 in India

Having rested a little, I went out to explore Panaji. Panaji is a gorgeous little town and the Goa Indians have the Portuguese to thank for that. The two days previous, which weren’t that great, just made Panaji even more beautiful. Since it’s not too big, it’s also a great place to explore on foot. […]

28 Feb, 2008 in India

I arrive at 4:30am at Panaji, totally exhausted from a night-bus ride from Pune, and it was completely dark around us. Not a single building light in view. Going down from the local bus, all the Rickshaw folks quickly headed my way. “We take you best best beach, only 500 rupee” they start …

27 Feb, 2008 in India
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Half way through my Mumbai experience during my first day in India, I decided to head out of Mumbai to a more peaceful country-side relaxation spot up on the famous British hill-mountain stations. I arrived at the Victoria terminus and bought a ticket to the station where the slow train was suppose to take off […]

26 Feb, 2008 in Taiwan
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The other day, I went with John and his family around Tainan County, and although we were aiming for the Lantern festival, the number of people and cars directed us in a different direction. We eventually ended up heading up to one 5 Gods Temple (Wu Wang Temple) near the town of Madou.   …

25 Feb, 2008 in Chinese culture, Taiwan
Insane Taiwanese fireworks - The crazy Lantern Festival at Ci-gu Lu-er-men Sheng-mu-miao 元宵節台南正統鹿耳門聖母廟

This was, by far, the most insane fireworks display I’ve ever been in. The Lantern Festival (元宵節/元宵) is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying rabbit-shaped lanterns (免子燈) …

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