Author Archives: Jim

Moscow Walking Tour


Since we were going to have such a short time in Moscow, Andrea set us up with a walking tour that featured the “Moscow must-sees”. We spent most of the day Monday on this tour, getting to know all sorts of great stuff about Moscow. We met our tour guide, Milana, in the lobby of Read More

1up Phone

When you hang up the phone in our hotel room in Guangzhou, it plays the 1up sound from Super Mario Bros. How sweet is that? I must have just earned myself 10 extra lives by hanging up the phone!

Trip to the Great Wall


On Thursday Andrea and I went to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. This was the location recommended by the hotel because it is less busy and in better condition than other sites. The tour we booked featured a ride to the wall in an “air conditioned” bus, along with a Chinese lunch and an English-speaking Read More

Imperial Palace / Forbidden City


We started our rainy Wednesday morning off with breakfast at our hotel. It’s a nice mixture of Chinese and Western foods. Curt would appreciate the nice selection of baos (steamed buns). Next stop was the local “WuMart”, which I’m assuming is the Chinese Walmart, for some cool beverages. After that we boarded the subway, which Read More

First Day in China

Update – added some pictures. Lets just say that our trip to China started off on the wrong foot. We arrived in Beijing nearly two hours late, we had to wait another hour and more for the luggage to get unloaded, and all of the cab drivers are dirty swindlers. We finally got to our Read More

A lovely Sunday in Sydney

Sunday was our last full day in Sydney, so we wanted to make the most of it. We started the day off watching a photography class take pictures of a homeless man on the steps of the apartment across the street. What a way to start the day! Soon afterward, we set out to Darling Read More

Has pizza and beer met its match?


Back home I’ll often see signs that say “pizza and beer” – a terrific combination without a doubt. Seoul seems to have a different take on this combination, pairing beer with a number of different things, like… Chicken and Beer Maybe not as strong a combination as chicken and waffles, but still a fine pairing. Read More

Flight to Seoul


Our flight from LAX to Seoul took place on an Airbus A380, the largest commercial jet in the world. This plane is massive! It has two levels, and the Korean Air version sports a duty-free shop on board, plus two bars. I had never been on a plane that featured one bar, let alone two! Read More