Travel is Fatal

Marking life by friends.

Nov 17
“C’est la lutte finale Groupons-nous, et demain L’Internationale Sera le genre humain”

One of my worst Culture Shocks hit me in the DPRK, where a busload of tourists from around the world sang “The Internationale.”

I’d never heard it before.


Sep 12
My “dining strategy” is to walk into alleyways (or hutongs, as they’re called here in Beijing) and sit down in the first place with people.

Inevitably, someone’s curiosity will get the better of them and they’ll machine-gun questions at me in an unfamiliar tongue. I then smile and point at what a fellow patron is enjoying.

This normally works fine.

Today I ordered an entire chicken, chopped up, and cooked in a hotpot.

My “dining strategy” is to walk into alleyways (or hutongs, as they’re called here in Beijing) and sit down in the first place with people.

Inevitably, someone’s curiosity will get the better of them and they’ll machine-gun questions at me in an unfamiliar tongue. I then smile and point at what a fellow patron is enjoying.

This normally works fine.

Today I ordered an entire chicken, chopped up, and cooked in a hotpot.


Sep 11
Lama Temple

Lama Temple


Sep 10
Caged Royalty.

Caged Royalty.


Sep 9
It’s hard resisting making this yet-another Engrish travelogue.

It’s hard resisting making this yet-another Engrish travelogue.


Sep 8
紫禁城, no-longer brought to you by…

紫禁城, no-longer brought to you by…


Sep 7
The Red Lantern House

It’s been quiet. Nice.

The Red Lantern House

It’s been quiet. Nice.


Sep 6
The real CRAZY WING

The real CRAZY WING


Todo : Travel Catchup

It’s time to admit I’ll never write about these…

Montenegro

  • Meeting Mira & Boris
  • Having an apartment of my own.
  • Day to Day Life
    • Pastries
    • Sandwiches
    • They use the Euro
    • Odd man out, stand out but always treated nice.
    • Walkable town
    • Cafes everywhere
  • Hiking up to Kotor Ruins
  • The Serbian cross, brotherhood of Serbia
  • Monastery
    • "Schlafen" around!
    • "He has uses."
  • Niksiche
    • The commerical advertising the beer
    • Climbing on the statue
  • Hiking in the wilderness
  • Traditional food!
  • The coast (Budva, Bar)
    • "Negotiating" for a beachhome
    • Jazz in Budva
    • For pay beaches, pros and cons.
  • Watching “Two Lovers” as the only English speaker
  • Serbian Folklore: “There’s no better bird than pork.”
    • Rhymes in their language
  • Leaving Montenegro
    • A sad evening, waving goodbye, parting text messages, a smoky train

Belgrade

  • Rewandering around town
  • falling asleep on the castle ruins.
  • Questionable national statuary
  • Scoping out places to sleep for the night
  • Turkish Millennium Tower
  • Putting the CouchSurfing call out
  • Getting ripped off on the train to Budapest by Serbian police

Budapest

  • Depressed
  • Coffeehouses
  • Some “famous” restaurants
  • Neat Communist bar
  • CouchSurfing meetups
    • American girl hating me
  • The Opera
    • Hungarian State Opera
    • Midsummer’s Night Dream, the Ballet
    • Hadn’t slept for over a day, wasn’t up to dress code, and hate that play.

Vienna

  • "Before Sunrise"
  • How I met Barbara (Ethiopia)
  • Addidas Party
    • Waking up the next morning, looked over by a child. “Why is he still sleeping?”
  • Fighting in the park
  • Busted up my right hand.
  • Hiking in the forest
  • Museums - royal jewels
    • "Every period was once modern."
  • Biking around Vienna
  • Zentralfiedhof
  • 1 euro sandwiches
  • National library!
  • Kunsthauswein
  • Gunter quote:
    • "You gotta give her something in the Austrian accent." Kiss the hand, Miss?
  • The progression of train quality

Munich

  • Oktoberfest 1 and 2
    • Italian Weekend
  • Clubbing
    • #s for “crushes”
  • Swimming at the waterpark
  • The high ropes course
  • The autobahn

Flying off

  • Jeff Plumer, ADCC
  • DJ on the flight

Welcome Home

  • 7 months
  • Even Compton feels rich
  • Weinerschnitzel
  • Remembering complex English
  • Forgetting other languages
  • Not talking about the stories

Playlist of the trip


Dec 13
It was night when I finally arrived to Podgorica.

The SIM card that the Vodafone representative in Istanbul promised would work in Serbia and Montenegro didn’t. So, I had been out of contact with Mira until one of the Grandmothers in the train loaned me her mobile. Not a smart idea for a random guy arriving in an unknown city.

Fortunately, ProMonte is on top of things and has Tourist SIMs for sale at every kiosk. I rang Mira in short order. She picked up (yay!), was with her boyfriend (yay!) and would pick me up in a half-hour or so (yay!).

I was totally unprepared for the grade of hospitality that I was about to be given.

It was night when I finally arrived to Podgorica.

The SIM card that the Vodafone representative in Istanbul promised would work in Serbia and Montenegro didn’t. So, I had been out of contact with Mira until one of the Grandmothers in the train loaned me her mobile. Not a smart idea for a random guy arriving in an unknown city.

Fortunately, ProMonte is on top of things and has Tourist SIMs for sale at every kiosk. I rang Mira in short order. She picked up (yay!), was with her boyfriend (yay!) and would pick me up in a half-hour or so (yay!).

I was totally unprepared for the grade of hospitality that I was about to be given.


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