Monthly Archives: May 2012

On Fiji

My friend Bridget recently took a trip to Fiji and her posts start here. Though I’m not much of one for the beach, I’m sure I could find enough there to amuse myself.

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National Art Museum of China

I went to Beijing last weekend and took in the National Art Museum of China. It’s got a good collection of art that shows what is going on in Chinese art and what has been valued in modern times. Best … Continue reading

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Sweet Victory

Today I learned that my complaint against the black taxis, who refused to give my friends and I a ride using their meters, has resulted in some success. A Chinese friend helped me file official complaints a few weeks ago. … Continue reading

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1893 World’s Fair

When I read Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, I got swept up by the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, otherwise known as the Colombian Exposition. Such beauty, grandeur and spirit. How I wish I could have gone … Continue reading

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Travel Poetry

Wherever You Are by Jeffrey Harrison When I kissed you in the hall of the youth hostel we fell into the linen closet laughing twenty years ago and I still remember though not very often the taste of cheap wine … Continue reading

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Nanjing Jasmine International Hostel

When it was too late I realized I hadn’t taken photos of the charmingly funky lounge at the Nanjing Jasmine International Hostel where I stayed over the May Day holiday. The rooms are plain, but clean and contain bunks, lockers … Continue reading

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Nanjing Japanese Invasion Memorial Hall

I knew I wanted to see, or felt I had to see Nanjing‘s Japanese Invasion Memorial Hall. It seems that everyone knows about the horrors of the Japanese massacre of Nanjing, everyone except the Japanese deniers. Here’s a summary from … Continue reading

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