An Australian Walkabout

The Aboriginal People here in Australia send their young men on walkabouts where they, in essence, “find themselves.” I guess this is my walkabout, but rather than finding myself, I’d rather find some animals. Simply put, Australian animals are really...

Reflections on Hong Kong

There are a lot of tourists here in Hong Kong. You can easily identify them. A tourist wears his backpack as a frontpack. He checks for his wallet as obviously and frequently as he’s able. His passport and money are...

Hong Kong is Hot Property

There are a number of phrases I tend to (over)use. One of them is “That’s nothing to write home about.” One of the things I’ve learned on this trip is that the most mundane things can be the most interesting....

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...

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...

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...

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...