Category Asia

On A Not So Great Experience at the Wall

Cold and wet with smog warnings, Beijing in November is not a particularly exciting place to be, however must see are must see sights. And one of the biggest of these is the Great Wall of China.

The Other Tiananmen Square

When I think of Tiananmen Square one image comes to mind.  A grainy image of a single man. Somewhat thin, no doubt trembling. In a white shirt, with longish hair standing alone in front of a military tank. Making a moment in history. I don’t recall the first time I saw that iconic image from […]

On Cacophony and Cape Buffaloes

Cacophony. By definition a loud, harsh or strident noise. There are some words and phrases whose true meaning can only be understood through personal experience. Splitting headache, mortified, anguish, lightheaded, running tummy and cacophony. Thanks to a road trip through rural Bihar, cacophony in my mind will forever be synonymous with India’s roads. For the complete immersion experience, […]

Grief. Remembrance. Celebration.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”   Her name – Bega Begum. She lived in the 16th century. First wife of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun. He died – she grieved. But it was not enough. She travelled to Mecca. Perhaps to find peace. She may have found solace, we will never […]

Ni Hao

Now depending on what part of the globe you’re in, Ni Hao either means a polite hello or  is a colloquial w’sup. Either way it’s a greeting, but in this case it meant the former. Mandarin for Hello and about the extent of my language skills in China. Beijing is a big city and I […]