Round The World

Foreigners in Hong Kong

As I walked through the Hong Kong Garden, a t-shirt caught my eye. It said, “Gettysburg College.” You don’t see many of those in the States, let alone in Southeast Asia. So, I had to stop its’ owner and say hello. You see, my late father went to Gettysburg. The...

It’s Easy Being Tall in Hong Kong

As far as I can tell, Hong Kong is an excellent place to buy stuff. Everything seems to be connected to a shopping mall. Each park, hotel, tourist destination, road, bus stop, harbor, every everything is connected to a shopping mall. And it seems like almost nothing is cheap. Except for...

The Kennels of Amsterdam

The guy next to me on the flight from Cape Town was very talkative. At some point during the flight, he was complaining about his three hour layover, which prompted me to counter with the 11 hour stint I have here in Amsterdam. Apparently, another guy on the plane heard me because as I...

Out of Africa

As I sat in a bar way back at Cape Town, International, I had no choice but to watch cricket. It was on the only television I could watch 13 hours ago. Come to think of it, that’s been the only live television I’ve watched on this trip. Putting aside for a moment the chunk of my life that...

Reflections on Cape Town

If you haven’t been to Cape Town, get here. It’s a wonderful city even though “Call Me Maybe” is playing in the restaurant where I’m sitting now. Oh, wait. New song…”Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Savage Garden. Really? Well, at least you don’t have to hear...

The International Drill Down

This morning, I felt a bit like a guy that I saw at Kirstenbosch Gardens yesterday. He didn’t particularly want to be there so he was asking his friends, “What are we supposed to do here?” After a lengthy internal dialogue, I chose not to remain in my room alone curled...

Napa has nothing on this?

What a surprise! This morning, Kurt the fax-master had something nice in store for me: A one-on-one tour of the wine country around Cape Town. Sunday is a slow day here. The driver was Phillip, from the Ukraine. He collected me at 08:30. It was just the two of us so he happily started...