Rajasthan – Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh April 13-15 2016

Our first stop after Mumbai was Udaipur (उदयपुर), the capital of the kingdom of Mewar.  Instead of taking a 15 hour+ train ride we took a 1.5 hour flight on Indigo Airlines – a low-cost carrier that serves India’s growing middle class. The Indigo Jet was modern and the flight was on time. However, the rest of the experience […]

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Mumbai April 8-11 Slums High-rises and Lessons from A Taxi Driver

We left Hong Kong on a Cathay Pacific jet bound for Mumbai.  The view of the sunset lighting up the Hong Kong skyline and the mountains was beautiful after take off but we were less thrilled when it appeared again half an hour later on the other side of the airplane.  Sure enough the pilot announced […]

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Walk Gawk and Shop, Hong Kong -April 6-8 2016

Three hours after leaving the rain in Shanghai, our Dragonair flight landed in the newish airport in Hong Kong. The new airport is outside of the city so there was no white knuckled landing in between sky scrapers. In less than 30 minutes we were on a high speed train heading to our hotel in Kowloon.  From […]

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Live Your Dream – Shanghai April 6-8, 2016

The bunks next to ours on the overnight train to Shanghai were reserved by a young couple and their daughter.  Sensing an opportunity to finally get an upper bunk I used hand signals to offer to trade my lower bunk for their upper bunk. My offer was politely refused in English. This was the first sign that […]

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Made In China

From the moment we stepped into Beijing, I could sense we were up for an adventure of a place completely unfamiliar to us. The only Chinese cultural references we have been exposed to have been the chinatowns in Vancouver and other North American cities we have visited, movies, and friends of Chinese background. I was aware […]

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Emperors, Kebabs And The Cultural Revolution- Xian April 2,3 2016

The  huge waiting room in the Bejing train station was packed with travellers heading home for the ancestors holiday. Adults sat with bundles and sacks while kids made a game out of pushing each other on wheeled luggage. Eliot drowned out the noise with his iPod and I went exploring for food. The snacks available- duck tongues, and chinese dates […]

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Gucci, Mao & The Emperor- First 2 Days in China : March 31-April 1, Beijing

The JAL 787 from Tokyo to Haneda was half full and we ended up in business class. It was the most fun I had with an electric seat since my father z’l bought home a Buick Riviera in 1980.  Eliot was not amused. I think he was unhappy in the realization that the quiet orderliness of Japan was […]

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Nozawa Onsen & Tokyo March 27-31 2016

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March 23-26: Matsuyama-Osaka – Onsen, Elf Bakeries and Japanese Latinos

The final crossing on our bike ride was the Kurushima-kaikyo Shashi Bridge. The bridge took us to the Island of Shikoku– the smallest and least populated of Japan’s four main islands. There were strong headwinds and we were relieved to get to the  bike off ramp which provided views of a large shipyard. We arrived in Imabari around […]

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March 22-23: Onomishi to Imabari- Washlets, Bikes & Bridges

After Kyoto, we headed south to Onomishi. Our plan was to bike the 75 km Shimanami Kaido from Onomishi to Imabari. The Shimanami Kaido leads across the six islands of Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima, before terminating on Shikoku in Imabari City. There is a dedicated bike lane throughout the route and a trust based bike […]

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