24 Sep, 2018 in Kandy

My trip to Sri Lanka was cut short due to riots taking place in central Sri Lanka between the Buddhists and the Muslims. As I was coming out from the lovely Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens, my driver rushed to me and told me we have to get out of Kandy fast and pointed to arriving […]

26 Feb, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

During my summer stay at the scenic Hokkaido region in the northern part of Japan, I was based in Sapporo and made occasional trips to see some of the area. In a trip to the Niseko area I made a stop at the¬†Shinsen-numa Wetland Swamp / Marsh, a very green and picturesque wetland with paved […]

21 Jun, 2015 in San Diego
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San Diego is surrounded by desert with gorgeous desert scenery in every direction you go. Typically, a visit to gardens in parks will offer a lot of green, and San Diego definitely has much of that, probably due to its proximity to the ocean, but since it is a desert, it also has a more […]

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 […]

10 Jun, 2013 in Gainesville
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (53)

I visited the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens while in Gainesville for an academic conference with the University of Florida (SSSP 2012). A lovely Gainesville student couple were sweet to host me while in Gainesville and were the ones to suggest visiting the gardens. Gainesville definitely did a good job with these gardens, they are pleasant and […]

7 Jul, 2011 in Washington DC
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It’s been almost 10 years since I last visited Washington DC during my Sep 2001 trip to the US. It was just following the national tragedy so the atmosphere was that of mourning and shock and I naturally joined the huge crowds in going to ground zero and standing there staring there at the beaten […]

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