Category Archives: Non-Aviation Transit

Kunming, Part 2 of 2: Please Don’t Stay

Our first glance at Kunming, China made it seem as if their tourism bureau didn’t want us to stray too far from big city life.  That, or in addition to giving up your seat to the elderly and pregnant women, … Continue reading

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Kunming, Part 1 of 2: Please Don’t Go

Kunming is the capital of the Chinese province known as Yunnan. Phew…now that we’ve gotten the bookish bits out of the way, it’s important to note that Yunnan is best known for its natural wonders, permitting travelers to sample both … Continue reading

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The World According to Kenny G

Although I’m feeling a bit dirty for mentioning Kenny G., the poster child for smooth jazz, there’s a good chance that frequent guests at one Ankara, Turkey hotel don’t feel the same.  Go for the opportunity to push the elevator … Continue reading

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High-Octane Baklava

The Turks have it pretty good when it comes to food.  Greens nearly automatically placed on the table, bountiful breakfast buffets, a variety of (olive) oils, pulses,  spices, nuts, and diluted yoghurts, and Ğ (<–?), for starters.  Drowning in a … Continue reading

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Is This Car Seat Belt-Free? Jakarta’s Passenger Seat Street

Don’t worry, starting every post with “Is this” isn’t a 2013 new year’s resolution.  Rather, it’s tongue-in-cheek; whenever you enter the average Jakarta taxi (or taxi in much of the world, and many private cars too, and buses, and bar … Continue reading

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The Haughtiest of Escalators

My pace is undeniably Manhattan.  Although Tokyo and Hong Kong offer similarly rushed/get the heck-outta-my-way gaits (though Tokyo gets top marks for actually obeying escalator etiquette), here’s a little beginner’s guide to China: TAKE THE STAIRS.  You won’t find a … Continue reading

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The DPRK (Northern Korea) Jaunt, Part 칠: Finale

I’ve been interested in mass transit systems, say subways (metros) and monorails,  for quite a long time; I remember being impressed by the people mover at Disney Weld in Florida in the early 90s,  more so than by any of … Continue reading

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