Construction in Beijing

It is hard to recognize this place after one year. Building construction view from Yizhuang Line (Video, 1min 38 sec) The Chinese New Year took place here a few days ago. Along with getting woken up by firecrackers at 6:00AM, there was a lot to see at night. I tried to take a video of […]

Guangdong Province, China 2011

In February 2011, I spent a day in the city of Guangzhou on my way to find someplace warm. I haven’t been to this city in a couple years, so I was curious to see what had changed. The city was host to the 2010 Asian Games and it had a large building boom in […]

College Visit

The China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing is considered the number one art school in the country. Last April, I had a chance to see an experimental art exhibition at its museum. I learned some of the students now use micro controllers like the Ardunio with their projects now. For example, using sensors […]

Traffic

On December 30, 2010 at 2:00PM, the gates were pulled open to the public for the first time to five new subway lines in Beijing, China. At any given time, there are about 11 subway lines under construction in Beijing. Every year some phase of these lines are added to the system, growing into the […]

Chinese New Year 2011

In February, I was in Beijing for my first Chinese New Year festival. Previously, I’ve tried to stay out of the country during this time because I’ve heard how hard it could be to travel during that time. However, the major cities are actually fairly empty during this time as a side effect. I was […]

Egypt to USA

When my time was up in Cairo, Egypt, I had a Turkish Airlines flight to heading back to the US with a stop in Istanbul, Turkey. It was going to be another all night ordeal. I left for the airport around 8:00PM. My first flight left at 3:00AM to Istanbul, so I spent most of […]

Cairo, Egypt

Foreigners are not allowed to buy train tickets at the ticket counter for some reason. I don’t know why, it is the only place in the world I can think of that has this rule. An alternative is to just board the train and buy the ticket on board, so that’s what I tried. The […]

Luxor, Egypt

I arrived in Egypt after 3:00 in the morning. I was the only westerner on the flight. I was hoping I could share a taxi at least, but I wasn’t that lucky. Everyone else was going to private cars and taxis outside the airport. I was considering walking the 6km to town, but I wasn’t […]

Dubai, UAE

I had a 31 hour layover in Dubai on the way from India to Egypt. Even I arrived, the sun was setting. I decided ahead of time I’d spend the night in the Dubai airport, but I didn’t arrive at this airport. After many hours of research, I figured out how to take the bus […]

Orissa, India

The Puri Express train was pretty good. It had some electricity near my berth so I could use my computer. Puri is a small town near the ocean and it was a little quieter and relaxed than some of the other places I’ve been to. I could only stay one night since I had another […]