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Antarctic Dream, Day 8: Deception Island, Telefon Bay

December 17, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

The final day with the possibility of Antarctic landings, we were at Deception Island, a volcanic hotspot.  Its similar to Santorini in Greece in that the volcano erupted to create the island and then later the central part sunk leaving just the circular ring.   However, the island is nearly an entire circle and the only […]

Antarctic Dream, Day 7: A long day at sea and then…

December 17, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

A passenger needed to be air evacuated so we made the very lengthy and time consuming trip all the way back north to the South Shetland’s King George Island, the only place in Antarctic with an airport. We were told many countries had bases along there including, Great Britain, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, China, and Korea. […]

Antarctic Dream, Day 6: Lemaire Channel

December 17, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

In the morning we passed through the Lemaire Channel, popularly known as Kodak Gap since its one of the most scenic and photogenic places on the whole voyage.  This passage is 1-mi wide at its narrowest and from a distance doesn’t even look open.  In fact, most of the year, its so covered with ice […]

Antarctic Dream, Day 4: South Shetland Islands

December 12, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

By 9am we were dressed and in a very unorganized fashion (this seems to be a trend for this ship) getting loaded into Zodiacs for our ride over to Aitcho Island, part of the South Shetland chain.  It was –3degreesC outside with a light blizzard. Penguins, Penguins, Penguins!! Upon arriving on shore we were greeted […]

Patagonia, Part 1: Punta Arenas and Ushuaia

December 11, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Though Chile may look small on a map, this is very misleading. In fact the flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas, southern Chilean Patagonia, was more than 3hours. Getting off the plane we noted there was a definite chill in the air. While still at the airport, we explored options on how to get back […]

Round the World: 1st week a blur around Santiago, Chile

November 29, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

After a long flight, followed by a brief 20 hours in Los Angeles where I shared a couple of meals with a few dear friends (it was great seeing you!), followed by another long flight, finally I arrived at my first stop of trip: Chile.  In LA, I picked up my Dad, step-brother Allen, and […]

Beijing Subway

October 23, 2007 | Knowledge and Experiences, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Over the October National Day holiday, the Beijing Subway Line No. 5 opened. Now you can travel directly from Dongdan or Chongwenmen to Yonghegong (Lama Temple) without changing subway lines. And even better, they lowered the price! Now you can travel more places for less money! When does that ever happen–more for less money? I […]

I’ve been in China too long when…

September 23, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

I start worrying more about losing face than feeling guilty afterwards… I start having faith in the Chinese system. For 1 time out of every 1000 something actually works the Chinese way, it amazingly increases my confidence in the Chinese system…. …but I did feel guilty afterward. …But since they still get it wrong 999 […]

How to stop the Chinese staring (and photo taking)

September 18, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

When in a situation where you’re being stared at constantly or being photographed simply because your hair is a different color and you have a ‘da bizi’ (big nose), try this perfect antidote: pull out your camera and seek revenge through the lens.  The Chinese don’t like having their picture taken by people they don’t […]

My roommate got her visa

September 18, 2007 | Learning through Foreign Cultures, Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Watch out, Italy, here she comes!  But at least I know my roommate is smart enough to avoid this situation: Ms. Liu, who taught in Bulgaria, says she had no idea that the Chinese were considered loud until she and her colleagues drew disapproving looks at restaurants in Sofia. “Many of the shortcomings of our […]