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  • hardie karges 7:28 pm on March 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Chengde, , Forbidden City, Wangfujing street   


    Chengde is finger-lickin' good

    Chengde is finger-lickin’ good

    August 2012

    China’s cities are so large and massive, and growing, that it’s sometimes frightening, and as hard as ever to travel independently… scarcely a word or destination written in Pinyin (Romanized Chinese)—much less English—in the typical Chinese bus or train station, nor counter help equipped to deal with it verbally… Hotel staff are a little better—but not much…

    …a travel-guide can come in handy, and that’s a tough admission to make for someone who typically eschews them. Here you can actually chew them… this is 2012… not 1984 nor the 1998-99 era when I was last here… malls may be pretty much up to international standards, but the typical “supermarket” lags way behind… rows of shelves and piles of provisions stacked haphazardly upon them… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 10:02 pm on March 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Your descriptive powers leave me hanging onto every word which you write.

  • hardie karges 4:06 pm on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Last Commie Standing (almost): Cuba on the Installment Plan 

    Taxi in Havana

    Taxi in Havana

    January 2009

    After three more days in Jamaica… on to Havana… got the $250RT killer deal to Cuba, half the normal price… $6-700 round trip to Cuba from Tijuana, no need to hip-hop the Caribbean.  But that’s a slow way to reach 200 countries… Havana’s little more than an hour from Jamaica.

    If you’ve never been to a Communist country, then you should go: the cold gray architecture, the suspicious glances, and the general lack of… anything.  The hard part is timing: real Soviet/Bolshevik-style communism, on the cusp of their coming out.  Frankly I was surprised—even shocked—to see Cuba in the backward state it’s in. (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 10:46 pm on February 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was interested to see this post of Jan. 2009 – six years ago. It was very interesting.

      Charla and I have just returned from four days away attending the DAR State conference in Jackson at the Hilton. It is good to be back home.


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