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Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

Monday, May 2, 2011
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Busy Hong Kong
The busy streets of Hong Kong

"You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy" (Star Wars) than the Chungking Mansions in Hong Kong. I'd seen the film “Chungking Express” years prior and thought maybe the Chungking Mansions had an allure of charm, a sense of the city, a multicultural Mecca utopia perhaps? The first floor is all cell phone charging stands and ethnic food I couldn't place. We’d first arrived at the “mansion” after a long flight past maybe 2am, all we wanted was to sleep. Finding our “hotel” or “hostel” took what I remember feeling like hours. The mansion is basically a rubex cube of a building; eventually we ran into other backpackers and followed their lead. I remember going through steam rooms, being stopped by locked, fenced dead ends, closed hallways, and small claustrophobic rooms until finding our way to our part of the hive. Finally we found our floor. I remember thinking “I could never find my way back here, and in I fire I could never find my way out, I’m going to die in here”. The mansion is mostly interior the rooms and different business operate internally, meaning that most of the space in the building have no access to the outside, no windows, no exit doors. You’re in a box, in a box, in a box.

Amsterdam: Pot and Prostitution

Monday, May 2, 2011
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Amsterdam Red Light District
A typical night on the streets of the Red Light District

Aside from the legalized or decriminalized or whatever, you can get pot there, aspect of Amsterdam it’s an incredibly beautiful, picturesque city. Stripped by canals, bridges, and great architecture the city could easily stand on it’s own if pot and prostitution weren’t legal. Now that you know there is more to the city than pot and prostitution, let’s get to what you want to know about Amsterdam... pot and prostitution.

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Beachfront Bars & Restaurants, San Juan Del Sur
Beachfront Bars and Restaurants on the bay in San Juan Del Sur

San Juan Del Sur is Nicaragua's Premier destination on the Pacific. The colorful buildings and gorgeous beaches make it an ideal stopover on your way through Nicaragua. Flying into Managua International Airport, take the local "chicken bus" to get to San Juan Del Sur. In Nicaragua they use re-painted old school buses for their public transport, you'll be amongst almost entirely locals, its cheaper and more fun.

Limited Time in Taipei Question

Taipei
Taipei as seen from the Taipei 101 Building

Q. I’m flying home (LAX) From Australia on June 12, and I booked a flight that has a layover in Taipei. I arrive at 6am and my flight home leaves at 4:20pm, so if I’m lucky I’ll have 8 hours to get into the city and back to the airport. Any advice? How long does it take to get into the city from the airport? What’s the best way to go, train, bus? Once there, what should I do/see?

Prospect Park Vs. Central Park

Monday, April 18, 2011
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Famous Tunnel Bridge Entrance to Prospect Park
One of the entrances to Prospect Park

One of New York's most iconic landmarks is Central Park, but what most visitors don't realize is that Central Park has slightly younger, slightly smaller, but equally as impressive brother in Brooklyn known as Prospect Park. Built in 1867, Prospect Park covers 585 acres of North Brooklyn. The highlights of Prospect Park include a 90 acre meadow, a 60 acre lake (the only lake in Brooklyn), a picnic house, a zoo, a cemetary, a concert venue, and plenty of athletic fields.

Bondi Rescue TV Show

Monday, April 11, 2011
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Bondi Beach, Sydney
The most famous beach in Sydney, Australia, and perhaps the world, Bondi Beach

The show is about the lifeguards at Bondi Beach. Bondi is unique in that it gets many tens of thousands of visitors in just half a mile of beach, many whom are foreigners and can't swim. The currents at Bondi can be quite powerful at times, and its a sand beach, so the bottom can often be uneven, making it easy for swimmers to go from waist high water to above their head in seconds. This keeps the lifeguards busy; they also have to deal with sharks, jellyfish, a lot of drunks, thiefs, skatepark injuries, and plenty of crazy people, making it entertaining for us.

Ross Kemp On Gangs

Ross Kemp On Gangs
The title graphic for the show, picturing Ross Kemp

With episodes filmed in some of the most dangerous places in the World, Ross Kemp really sticks his neck out there to film this show. Follow him around the world as he meets with the most ruthless, violent, and dangerous gangs in the world. Originally airing in the UK, the show began airing in the US in 2009 under the name "Gang Nation", find it on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

Surfing Maderas Beach, San Juan Del Sur – Nicaragua

The Barreling Wave Of Maderas Beach, Nicaragua
An empty right barrel at Maderas

Central America is full of empty beaches with great waves, you just have to know where they are. While travelling Nicaragua recently I booked a shuttle from my hostel in San Juan Del Sur to Maderas Beach. The posted surf report said 4-6 foot waves with light offshore winds. Not sure exactly what to expect, I arrived to find exactly that, perfect 4-6 foot barrels with a light offshore wind, and for some reason the water was empty.

Line Up For Ice Cream At Coppelia, Havana

Thursday, July 15, 2010
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Coppelia Heladeria, Havana, Cuba
The giant open-air ice cream parlor, Coppelia, in Havana, Cuba

Coppelia is a massive open-air ice cream dispensary in the Vedado district of Havana, Cuba. I was told the ice cream is amazing, that I had to go to Coppelia to get a taste of Cuba. I wouldn't say that is partially accurate. The ice cream is good, and you will be eating it on a hot day, which makes it really good, but the real Cuban experience is wait.

Mumbles Mile Pub Crawl Is Dead – Swansea, Wales

Thursday, June 24, 2010
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The Park Inn of Mumbles - Swansea, Wales
Our favorite pub of the pub crawl, The Park Inn

There's a small town called Mumbles on the coast of Wales, located near Swansea, the second largest city in the country. This stretch of coast has 1 main road running through it about a mile long; this road was once one of the most heavily concentrated pub areas in the world, home to well over 20, hence the name Mumbles Mile. For those of you who know of the show Three Sheets, I learned of this town and pub crawl from the Wales episode. For those of you who don’t, you're welcome; click the link and watch some of the episodes, its a great show about different cultures and their drinking customs.

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