Saturday, October 27, 2007

Random Travel Update 8

Last location: Macau

Arrival Date: October 22, 2007
Departure Date: October 24, 2007

Current Location: Hong Kong
Arrival Date: October 24, 2007
Departure Date: October 28, 2007 (12:30am)

Next Stop: Dubai, UAE

I appologize for any further difficulties with Webshots. It keeps
hiding my albums, I hope the problem has been resolved.

I am currently traveling with Mark, a fellow GWU Alum who I met on a
ski trip to Quebec a few years back. He has spent the past year
working in Saudi Arabia as an international consultant for Bearing
Point. He is taking a break from work to explore other international
job options. We are so far, wonderfully compatible travel buddies.

Hong Kong is a fantastic city. It is large, but pretty clean with a
largly international population, most of whom speak nearly perfect
English, likely as a result of Hong Kong having been a British colony.
We leave tonight (very soon) for Dubai. I will try to post more
pictures from our hotel there.



Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Random Travel Update 7

Last location: Beijing, China
Arrival Date: October 18, 2007
Departure Date: October 22, 2007

Current Location: Macau
Arrival Date: October 22, 2007
Departure Date: October 24, 2007

Next Stop: Hong Kong

Photos available at

I am officially no longer "roughing it". Mark and I met at the Hong Kong airport on Monday and checked in to a five star hotel at the Wynn Casino in Macau. Our room is beautiful and about the size of a one bedroom apartment in DC. We have a couch, a large bathtub, full water heat and pressure, a 5 by 8 foot mirror, modern art, a mini-bar, a desk, a huge flat screen tv, a marble table and automatic curtains that conceal a full window wall when drawn.

We splurged HK$160 on an in-room broadband connection and so I was able to fix the problem with my Webshots album and add more photos. Sorry to those of you who got on only to find no pictures. There should now be five new albums with several hundred new pictures on my page.

Last night was lucky. Mark let me play a few hands for him at the poker table and I was able to win HK$450. Together, we doubled the HK$1000 Mark put down. That is officially the most amount of money I have ever seen anyone leave a casino with.

We will check into a new hotel in Hong Kong tomorrow and from there fly to Dubai on the 28th. I will try to keep up with email but internet (and time to spend online) may get harder to come by.



Sunday, October 21, 2007

Random Travel Update 6

Last location: Seoul, South Korea
Arrival Date: September 26, 2007
Departure Date: October 18, 2007

Current Location: Beijing, China
Arrival Date: October 18, 2007
Departure Date: October 22, 2007

Next Stop: Hong Kong and Macau

Photos available at

It's been a beautiful month. October came to Seoul like a breath of relief from the hot and rainy September. A lot has happened in the last four weeks, more than I can possibly write about in the short moments I have to myself with my computer. The most important update is that I have finally uploaded my pictures from San Francisco, Taiwan, Seoul and Beijing with captions. Unfortunately, webshots will not load here in China so you will have to wait for the more recent photos. Please do read the captions, as they will help to convey the story of my trip in the absence of my explaining it here. Feel free to send me questions and I will answer them in the next update.

I arrived in Beijing on Monday with a cold. I knew it would happen eventually. I am treating it with Vitamin C, Echinacea, Azithromycin, Tylenol Cold & Flu, Coldeze, Airborn, Zicam, and now two forms of Chinese medicine, that I was prescribed at the hospital next door. The helpful man from the hostel who took me to the hospital assured me that the Chinese drugs are all herbal and won't kill me.

The Great Wall was glorious, everything I had dreamed it would be and more, with a toboggan ride included! Beijing is absolutely charming, the food is good, and the weather is near perfect. I leave for Hong Kong and Macau tomorrow, then off to UAE and India next week. It may get harder to find internet, but I will do my best to keep sending updates and photos.