Sushi no Midori is a restaurant chain in Tokyo with quality seafood at an economical price. To maximize your return on investment, you can take advantage of the original location’s Monday-only all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. It costs ¥3,600 for men, ¥3,000 for women, and ¥1,500 for kids between first and sixth grade. None of the other locations offer this special, no matter what day of the week.
Sometimes Google Maps falls short when it comes to telling me how to use public transit to get from point A to point B. Other times I get frustrated because it doesn’t support biking directions in Taipei or offline maps in Morocco. Despite these annoyances, it still manages to surprise and delight me: I discovered a new (?) feature that displays cherry blossom season status and viewing locations.
Not sure if you’ve heard, but the current American president is off his rocker. So I got serious about getting my Taiwanese citizenship to open up my global options. Because a friend who’s also American-born and has parents who are Taiwanese citizens is interested in the process, I’m starting a series of posts about my experience.
Ah, New Zealand: beautiful island nation, a third of which is protected national park land; home of Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, the longest place name in the world coming in at 85 letters; and birthplace to organized, commercial bungee jumping. But what is the grocery shopping like?
My first trip to India was quite the food and cultural adventure, thanks to Intrepid. Check out my answers to real reader questions to learn more about it.
I hope everyone has had a nice start to 2017 despite the inauguration of Emperor Trump. I am celebrating Chinese New Year for the first time in Taiwan with my extended family. We’ve paid our respects to those ancestors who came and went before us by burning incense and paper money, as well as offering all kinds of food and alcohol. Dad, Alex, and I have played two full rounds of mahjong with dear 100-year-old Grandpa already. And we’ll be eating a crazy awesome dinner tonight for Chinese New Year’s Eve. While waiting for the food madness to begin, it’s a good time to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m planning to go.
If you have an unlocked GSM phone, you can easily avoid buying and carrying around a bunch of SIM cards with you especially if you’re traveling to a bunch of different countries by subscribing to any T-Mobile Simple Choice plan. They include unlimited data and SMS, and phone calls are 20 cents per minute. (I use my Google Voice number to get around that.) Check out the full list of supported countries, but I’m going to be keeping a running tally of how well the service really performs in each city I visit.
This post covers a special request topic from Aja who wonders, “What do you take with you when you are out for the day? You seem pretty minimalistic, and it would be an interesting insight to how you actually travel.”
Whether I’m out for an hour or eight, I pretty much carry the same stuff every day. Check out this comprehensive list of what I bring with me.
Visiting the Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum moved me to shed tears. My heart grew heavier as I listened to the testimonials of the bombing survivors. Tomihisa Taue, the major of Nagasaki, delivered this speech on August 9, 2016, the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing during World War II. I think it is worth sharing with a wider audience than those who can make it to the museum.
Curious about the breakdown of the kinds of accommodations I stayed in during the first three months of my round-the-world trip? Check out the tally and photos in this post.