I’ve mentioned this before, but the weather has been terrible the last few times I’ve been in Hong Kong. Reading and drinking coffee can only stay engrossing for so long, though, and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens make a nice diversion even on the most overcast of days. In the heart of Central, … Continue reading
Looking for something special to do midweek in the middle of the day for Liz’s birthday in Hong Kong, we found Dialogue in the Dark. Similar to the Dining in the Dark experience in Paris so many years ago, Dialogue is meant to simulate for a short time the life of the blind in an … Continue reading
The past few times I’ve been in HK, the weather has been absolutely foul for almost the entire trip. Long-term travel isn’t always sunshine lollipops and rainbows, and on during those weeks when the world has been motivation-sappingly cloudy for days on end, you still have to find something interesting to do! From Central, the … Continue reading
Another overcast day in Hong Kong, so I finally got out to that New Territories temple I pass on the airport bus every time I come to town. It makes me feel almost like being back in China for a day!
On a cold bright night in Seoul, with a 16 hour layover between flights, I hit the streets. After hours of wandering through dark roads, warm coffeeshops, and busy market streets, I was giving up on finding anything truly cool. Then, around 4 in the morning, Beng Eunsa. An old temple complex in the heart … Continue reading
In the wake of the whole “Occupy” movement in the States, I suppose I should have assumed that there would eventually be international chapters of the idea as well. The idea honestly didn’t occur to me, though, until my friend Niko happened to mention it when we met up one afternoon in Hong Kong. I … Continue reading
On one of those many “passing through Hong Kong” trips I’ve made over the past few months, I talked Matt and Liz into heading out one night to the Temple Street Market. Expecting a food street type set-up, it ended up being more like a big bazaar (or maybe flea market?) stretching over the length … Continue reading
In Tibetan Buddhist culture, prayer flags are an ever-present reminder of religiosity in the course of day-to-day affairs. In every instance of this cultural background that I’ve seen, from the far north of Mongolia and south to the Himalayas of Nepal, I’d seen prayer flags fluttering everywhere but never made a point of learning about … Continue reading