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Posts Categorized / Traveling

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 […]

Finding Affordable Flights in China

October 17, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

(Since my blog just ate the nice post I had written up about this and I don’t have the patience to rewrite it, I’m just going to give the links.) Domestic Flight ticket search aggregator – Qunar International Flight ticket search aggregator – Momondo Cheapest China domestic airline – China Spring Airlines Cheapest China – […]

Reflections on the Olympics

Despite my doubts whether Beijing would pull off a successful Olympics and the controversy over free press, human rights, the Opening Ceremony, and other issues, in my opinion, China hosted an amazing Olympics. The skies were blue, there were large tracks of greenery, the Olympic Green was very attractive, traffic was not a problem, the […]

Only 4 Days till the Opening Ceremony

The Beijing 2008 Olympics will start in 4 days!! As of this morning, my plane tickets to Beijing are bought and in hand!  I have a place to stay and the promise of Olympics Games’ tickets.  Beijing Olympics, here I come!!! I’ll be in Beijing from the evening of August 14th to the morning of […]

Getting from the Airport into Shanghai

July 10, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

On more than one occasion I’ve been asked: “How do I get from the airport into downtown Shanghai?” While a simple Google search reveals ample suggestions, I will list the options for traveling from the airport to Shanghai and point to my preferred method (taxi). From Pudong International Airport 1) The Best Way — Take […]


February 13, 2008 | Learning through Foreign Cultures, Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Nairobi, Kenya Getting off the plane in Nairobi (yes, I know, I’ll get to Tanzania in a bit) we were greeted with just perfect weather–Egypt and Jordan were too cold, Zanzibar was just a little too hot and humid, but the temperature in Nairobi was perfect. We had a very pleasant flight experience with Kenya […]


January 30, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Visas-on-Arrival at Dar Es Salaam Airport When Andrew and I arrived at Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) airport, the first thing we had to do was get visas (on arrival). A visa agent helped us through filling out the forms, etc. All-in-all it was a very quick and painless process, except for handing over the US$100. […]

Pyramids to Petra: The Dead Sea and Madaba (Amman)

January 26, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Leaving Petra, we drove along the King’s Highway north through Jordan to Karak Castle, an old fort used by the Crusaders to recapture the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. It was a strategic location as the castle was probably only about 80km from Jerusalem. After Karak Castle, we saw Lot’s wife. This biblical story […]

Pyramids to Petra: Aqaba and Wadi Rum

January 22, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Arriving off the Red Sea ferry in Aqaba, Jordan was rather uncoordinated and somewhat chaotic. There was a question of whether to get a group visa, which is free, or individual visas. The caveat of a group visa is that the group must go to Petra, which we were, and must hire horses there, which […]

Pyramids to Petra: Sinai

January 20, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Another early morning start had us passing the Suez Canal in the morning and to the middle of the Sinai peninsula by lunch time. In the afternoon we were climbing Mount Sinai. Being the masochist that I am, I opted for the 3,750 Steps of Repentance. Actually, it wasn’t that bad. In fact if its […]