Monday, September 24, 2018

A Week in a Tokyo Capsule Hotel

Japan (as far as I know) invented the capsule hotel. Nobody else would, or could. These are places where a wandering non-gazillionaire or random...

The Counter-Enclave of Nahwa, UAE

A rare geopolitical oddity, the counter-enclave is basically a country within a country within a country, or part thereof... more or less. There is...

A lot can Change in a Decade: China

I first visited China with my future wife and some dear friends, for the Chinese New Year of 2007. It was an exotic and...

Airbus A380… Everyone’s a Comedian

Recently I caught an Airbus A-380. It's a rather large airplane, which carts about the population of an Australian inland city. Funnily enough, it's...

Fun in Finland (shhh… everyone is sleeping)

Finland is a quiet, peaceful country in Northern Europe that used to make indestructible mobile phones. The capital city, Helsinki boasts population of around...

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I had a White People Problem in Africa

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