29 Apr, 2017 in Sapporo

My trip last summer to Sapporo was completely unplanned. I was originally planning to tour the Nagoya area following a conference, but the scorching heat of 35-38c had me looking for cooler alternatives, and Hokkaido seemed like a good alternative. And so, when I arrived in Sapporo, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. […]

21 Apr, 2017 in Southern Spain

One of the nicest surprises for me in Seville was a Flamenco show I caught with the Museo del Baile Flamenco. Although it is meant for tourists, and you might expect cliche, as far as I can tell this was a very well done show, with some very impressive local artists. It gave a very good intro […]

27 Mar, 2014 in Los Angeles
Union Station Los Angeles (2)

At the heart of Los Angeles is Union Station, surrounded by a variety of culturally themed neighborhoods. You’ve got your China Town, your Little Tokyo, and closest by is the Mexican area. While walking through those neighborhood I came across a local Mexican God worship festival with lots of music, dancing and food, which I […]

9 May, 2012 in Beijing
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One of the more authentic local experiences you can find in Beijing is to wake up early in the morning, around 5 or 6, and head to one of the local parks to watch the morning exercise. Tiantan Park, or Temple of Heaven Park, is famous for its morning activities.   True, it’s …

10 Jan, 2012 in Shenzhen
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The more I visit Shenzhen, the more I become aware that there are different sides to this city. The local government has done a fair job of building up parks and green next to the endless urban skyscrapers, highways and gigantic shopping malls.   Take Lizhi Park, for example? What's so special about a park […]

5 Dec, 2011 in HK Events
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Lan Kwai Fong, the party center of Hong Kong, keeps coming up with new events to attract people. It seems like there’s always something going on. October was Oktoberfest, so we got a whole month month of German beer parties. Before that in July we had the Music and Beer Fest, in May the Beer […]

14 Sep, 2009 in Istanbul
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The Turkish folks are generally warm and happy people and this is well reflected in their music and dancing. It happens every once in a while that you catch locals dancing and enjoying themselves to the sounds of local musicians playing for tips. Watch this video, isn’t …

21 Jan, 2009 in Taipei
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Upon my mother’s arrival to Taiwan, we started off with a few days in Taipei (check out the super detailed Taipei visit itinerary on Taiwanderful, professional, eh?). After a visit to National Palace Museum in Shilin an hour of excruciating foot massage that helped my mother relax a bit after the long flight we headed […]

20 May, 2008 in Taiwan
Taiwanese peculiarities - The sleeping man, dog riding, and the dancing worker

Almost everyday I come across some things here in Tainan-Taiwan that are strange, funny, and a bit special about the way that the Taiwanese do things. Some previous posts include: Taiwanese peculiarities and interesting anecdotes My visit to the Shao-lin Kung-Fu master  Worship of Israel Dance : Kaohsiung and Tainan – Taiwan …

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