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Posts Categorized / Tourism

Alaska Itinerary July 09

August 14, 2009 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Last month in celebration of my grandparents’ 60th anniversary, we did a 12 night cruisetour through Alaska. The itinerary is below.  Picture set is on Flickr July 21st – Seattle/Mt. McKinley – Fly from Seattle to Anchorage. Scenic journey north to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge July 22 – Mt. McKinley July 23 – […]

Pingyao Ancient Town

Pingyao 平遥, located in Shanxi 山西 Province (not Shaanxi 陕西, where Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors are), has been on my list of ‘must-see’ places in China ever since the list began. (Haerbin Ice Festival & Huangshan-Yellow Mountain are still on it).  So with a ready traveling companion and I already making the trip to […]

Just Another Hangzhou Weekend

May 20, 2009 | Tourism, Traveling | by TofflerN

Went to Hangzhou last weekend and had a late evening arrival Friday Saturday morning started off with walks in the hills around the Longjing Tea Village.  Longjing is special kind of green tea that is grown in Hangzhou, of which the West Lake variety is said to be the best.  It is famous as a […]

A Trip to the DMZ

May 20, 2009 | Peace Through Tourism, Tourism | by TofflerN

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is, like so many things with Communist countries, the peak of irony.  It is, in fact, one of the most militarized places on the earth, loaded with landmines, and everyone pointing their gun at the other guy. Friday, May 1st, the 3 of us, all Americans, made our way to Camp […]

4 Days in Seoul

May 20, 2009 | Tourism, Traveling | by TofflerN

For the May 1st International Labour Day holiday, myself and 2 friends traveled to Seoul, South Korea, to a friend from college who lives there and another friend who came up for the weekend from Hong Kong.  It was also a nice escape from a holiday weekend in China.  Seoul is a clean, quiet alternative […]

Thailand: Islands and Bangkok

May 11, 2009 | Tourism, Traveling | by TofflerN

While I’m by no means an expert on Thailand, my 3 trips there, including most recently in April, seem to make me the chosen person to ask about where to go, where to say, what to see, and where to shop.  I’ve decided to make my life more efficient and type up the info one […]

Traveling again

March 30, 2009 | Tourism, Traveling | by TofflerN

True to form, I’m going out of town again, this Thursday!  Many people already tell me I travel too much, with my November trip to Guangxi and Vietnam, Christmas/New Years trip back to the States, Chinese New Year’s trip to India, and all the traveling I did in 2007 and into early 2008.  Hey, I’m […]

What to shop for in China

March 14, 2009 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Another question was asked on that same site for travelers (, this one about what to buy in China.  Below is my response, assuming the person is shopping as a consumer and not as a wholesaler or exporter.  So below is a list of some things a traveler might buy on a trip to China. […]

Streetside Education in India

March 2, 2009 | Learning through Foreign Cultures, Tourism | by TofflerN

Before I went to India I had heard about internet-connected computers being installed in outside walls in some of India’s major slums.  Known at the “hole in the wall experiment,” the project was initially a test to see if children’s aptitude for learning combined with computers could help illiterate children learn to read.  The test […]

Videos from India

February 7, 2009 | Learning through Foreign Cultures, Tourism, Traveling | by TofflerN

The first video was shot in Varanasi, a Hindu Holy city situated along the Ganges in UP province.  It was taken during the 7pm Arti festival which celebrates the life-giving river.  You can see the production that’s put on and the crowd it attracts. [HTML1] ——————————————– The second video was shot (somewhat illegally) inside the […]

Guangxi to Hanoi: Less Common Way

January 18, 2009 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

(Guess I better hurry up and finish my Vietnam posts since I will soon be heading to India and then will be recounting stories from there.) Looking at a map of Asia you will notice a decent-sized land border between China and Vietnam.  Many backpackers through Asia take advantage of this and go overland from […]

Highlights of northern Vietnam

November 16, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Here are a few notes on northern Vietnam, namely Sapa (Lao Cai), Hanoi, & Halong Bay. Halong Bay We really enjoyed our 3day/2night tour of Halong Bay with Bai Tu Long Bay company.  We wanted to get out of the well-known and therefore crowded Halong Bay, so we chose the less famous Bai Tu Long […]