Monday, 19 March 2012 17:43

EDA World

Who knew there could be a small scale Las Vegas right here in Taiwan?  EDA World is tucked away in some mountains of southern Taiwan by Kaoshiung and is a master planned city of sorts.  It has its own K-12 school, university, mega shopping complex, amusement park, and shuttle buses to Kaoshiung as well as residential communities.  Everything is walking distance to each other and connected via a series of skywalks.  A variety of entertainment…

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Published in Taiwan
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:26

THAT'S the Steam Engine?!

Today I decided to be a farmer for a day.  Ok.  For a few minutes.  I'm sure I could have done more work pulling radishes out of the ground but my Uncle said that some of them might need two more weeks to grow larger.  A lot of the white Daikon radishes we pulled out were a few inches long and looked more like ginseng.  There were probably a dozen or so when we finished…

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Published in Taiwan
Wow last year was a whirlwind and 2012 promises to bring a lot more traveling although definitely at a slower pace.  I will be using Taiwan as my base of operations and will be doing quite a bit of exploring around the island for the next few months and as well as the surround countries.  I'm hoping to focus a lot more on some scuba as well as just general travel and definitely there will…

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Published in Taiwan
Sunday, 27 November 2011 05:50

Abhostel in Antwerp

I arrived in Antwerp late today and since there really wasn't anything to do by the time I got in to town, I just headed to my hostel and checked in.  Thankfully there was internet in the room and I was able to catch up on my blogging.  I am really like where I am staying here in Antwerp.  It is a family owned hostel called Abhostel and apparently it used to be a praline…

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Published in Antwerp
Saturday, 26 November 2011 02:03

Visiting Michelle in Den Haag!

I met Michelle back in October when I was in Rome.  She was staying in the same room as me and we did some sight seeing together while I was there and got to know each other a bit.  I found out that she was living in Den Haag (The Hague) and would be back from her own backpacking adventure around the time I would be in Amsterdam so I decided to take a day…

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Published in Day Trips
Friday, 25 November 2011 01:37

Jack and Chris

I didn't really do anything today except walk around the downtown area of Amsterdam.  I blame it on the second hand pot smoke but at the same time it was also very nice to just stay close to the hostel.  I checked out some of the head shops that are around to look for souvenirs for friends back at home and was surprised at the variety of things that they carry!  Some of these contraptions…

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Published in Amsterdam
Thursday, 24 November 2011 01:02

A'Dam Here I Come

I took the train from Hannover to Amsterdam today.  Thankfully Lennard offered to drive me to Hannover station which made the trip a lot more comfortable!  I also reserved a compartment for the ride so that I could sit in an area that's relatively private.  There are only six seats in the compartment and for the most of the ride to Amsterdam I had the lights turned off and had a nice little nap. I…

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Published in Amsterdam
One of the things that I promised Lennard that I would do while I was visiting him was to show him some photography techniques so today we took the day and went out shooting.  We talked about aperture, shutter speed, as well as how to design a photo.  Certain techniques that help to enhance a photo visually and then we put them into practice.  The day was perfect for a photo lesson too, the sun…

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Published in Pappenburg
Saturday, 19 November 2011 00:10

Spa Time! In the Netherlands!

There is nothing better than going to the spa on a cold autumn night.  I went to Lennard's dental practice earlier during the day today to have one of my molars checked out because I had chipped it a while ago and he was able to help me smooth it down and then walking back to the house all I could think about was going to the spa: soaking in the hot spring and sitting…

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Published in Pappenburg
Friday, 18 November 2011 00:08

Walked Around the Canal in Papenburg

I knew that I was going to meet Lennard for lunch today so I went a little earlier to check it out and walk along the canal that runs along the centre of the town.  I found a small book store that sold panoramic postcards of Papenburg so I pick up a few before heading to the döner restaurant.  I wasn't exactly sure if there will be any vegetarian options but I didn't need to…

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Published in Pappenburg
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