27 Nov, 2013 in Kinmen Island
OuCuo & Pianopiano - Kinmen Island (13)

Oucuo is a traditional settlement of the Ouyang family, who came from Quanzhou during the Ming Dynasty over 400 years ago. The village was originally intended to defend the island from the sea invaders to the southern China coast. I arrived in Ou Cuo at sunset after a long day of riding a motorcycle around […]

26 Nov, 2013 in Hakone
Owakaduni Hell Valley - Hakone (1)

What does hell look like? Up on the mountains of Hakone by a tram and a cable car, a daytrip away from Tokyo, is the Owakaduni Hell Valley. Boiling steam comes up from the mountain to create an atmosphere that looks a bit like hell. Aside from looking at steam, the area is famous for […]

25 Nov, 2013 in New York City
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (24)

I spent the last Christmas and Newyears holiday season in New York City with the familia, and if there’s one thing you can count on it’s that NYC on holiday season is going to be expensive. Very expensive. But, we were lucky, and I found a small artistic Brooklyn apartment near the subway and Prospect […]

24 Nov, 2013 in Tampa Bay
Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota (20)

Although Ringling is mostly famous for living the American dream by becoming a millionaire in establishing one of the world’s biggest circus shows, his Ringling Estate in Sarasota down on the western coast of southern Florida hosts an impressive top notch museum of art. Featuring an impressive Spanish architecture and some of the finest private […]

20 Nov, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Ci Hu Lake - Kinmen (5)

Venturing out of Jincheng town in Kinmen on a motorcycle for a cross-island ride, the first stop along the way was near Cihu (Ci lake), in the northwestern part of the main Jinmen Island. The main story about Kinmen is definitely the cold war between mainland China and Taiwan, as Kinmen served as an isolated […]

19 Nov, 2013 in Tallahassee
Christmas lights in Tallahassee (23)

This time last year I was living in Tallahassee and was surprised to see the preparations for Christmas starting as early as November. Riding around town I noticed quite a few light shows popping up in various churches and I occasionally stopped by to have a look.   Take this next one, …

17 Nov, 2013 in New York City
China Town - NYC (3)

To get a taste of home during my exchange to the states, I joined my mother during our joint visit to New York last year to explore the NYC China Town, one of the most famous China Towns in the world. It was actually much more humble than I remembered it from my last visit […]

16 Nov, 2013 in New York City
The Jewish Museum New York NYC-002

Although I live in somewhat of a disconnect from my cultural heritage, my travels sometimes offer me the opportunity to reconnect. New York City, with its large Jewish population, has quite a few options for that to happen. Meeting my parents in New York last Christmas we were walking around the upper east side to […]

15 Nov, 2013 in New York City
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City

There is so much going on in New York in terms of art it’s difficult to choose, but a short visit only allows for the highlights and so – the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is a definite must. I’ve seen my fair share of art museums all over the world, but – without […]

9 Nov, 2013 in New York City

Last year, I traveled up from Florida to visit my sister in New York City for the Christmas New Years holidays. I got to visit many of the NYC landmarks, but as I’m now in academia I try to make it my business to visit campuses where I go, especially if the campuses are world […]

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