I have a bad habit of letting this blog drop when I finish a trip and get back to real life. It’s even worse this time, as work and school both caught up with me in a hurry: I started a new position today, and I’ve got a mid-term exam this Thursday to study for.
Granada is absolutely a must-see if you find yourself in Nicaragua.
Two words: Volcano Boarding. Wait, no… three words: Go Volcano Boarding.
Full disclosure: I’ve had a few ounces of rum before writing this. I couldn’t really help myself; the Nicaraguan Flor de Caña is such a dangerous mix of deliciously smooth and deliciously inexpensive. After a nice long layover in Panama City — about 8 hours, just long enough for us to get out of the
And so begins the winter escape to Nicaragua… not with a bang, but with a massive yawn.
Busy, busy, busy, as the Bokononists say.
I’ve received mixed messages in the feedback I’ve gotten back on the blog so far. Some people have really dug the travelogue-y way I’ve been writing. Others have mentioned that they’d appreciate a more concise reading experience; more a series of observations, rather than a running commentary. Fair enough. I figured I’d try the latter
After a forty minute train ride from our lousy guesthouse in Tsim Sha Tsui, our second morning in Hong Kong, J and I boarded a bus in Tung Chung, way out on Lantau Island. Another forty-odd minutes on a bus, and we’d be at our destination: Po Lin Monastery, and the Tian Tan Buddha.
While my previous post pretty much summed up my thoughts about Shenzhen (specifically, the feeling of a lack of a distinct culture to the city), there were a couple experiences in the last two days J and I spent there that stood out for me.
Even more-so than Shanghai, Shenzhen is a perfect encapsulation of Chinese capitalism.