The “Crazy House” of Da Lat (originally the “Moon House”) is a maze of tunnels and narrow, sometimes dangerous, staircases. Admission was only 40,000 VND each (less than US$2), and well worth it. The place is surreal; one online review said it was like something out of a Dr.… Read More Crazy House (Da Lat, Vietnam)
When my family first moved to Casablanca, we lived in a hotel for a week while we shopped around for an apartment to rent. I was five years old. There are a few details that I remember: that the hotel was near the train station, which was near the harbor. I remember the stairwell, and… Read More Postcolonial something-or-other
My Korean friends tell me there is an expression, or perhaps it is a single word, in Korean that means “Fall colors” or “going hiking to enjoy the Fall colors.” It sounds like ka-ul or something like that; they tried to teach me but I am a failure. At any rate, just trust me that there is… Read More On hiking in Korea, fungi and towering gilded monuments
Ever heard of Gobustan? Baku? Lahic or Khinalug? Yeah, I had a vague memory that Baku was a city somewhere in central Asia but I couldn’t have told you it was a capital city, and probably could not have linked it with Azerbaijan off the top of my head. But now, all of a sudden,… Read More Who wants to visit…Azerbaijan?
My husband recently traveled to take-a-look-at-this-skyline-Shanghai. It was a very last-minute trip; he left within a few hours of being told he would be traveling, and then was there for barely more than 24hrs total. But still: no fair. Still can’t believe he got there first. The Shanghai flight was direct from Saipan and somewhere around… Read More Overnight in Shanghai