Archive for the ‘travel’ Category
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- Bidisha’s thought for the day: Volcanic ash (guardian.co.uk)
- The Latest Volcanic Ash Map, And A Look At Flights Impacted (businessinsider.com)
- Icelandic Volcanic Ash Cloud to delay Champions League Final? (theoriginalwinger.com)
Apparently not all is well with the Grand Canyon Skywalk, except for the view which is enjoyed by several hundred thousand tourists annually. For those who get to walk there they can see the Colorado River about 4,000 feet below. For me that would be a scary walk since I am agrophobic, fear of heights.
Here from the NY Times article, which thankfully I can view here every day:
It’s name is simply Havana and when you walk inside you find a treasure trove of Cubana artifacts, including a series of photos of Che Guevara including this one sitting and chatting with J-P Sartre and his dear friend Simone de Beauvoir:
When I first saw this photo I did a double take. I quickly wrote a note to be attached to the image which you can see in part on the left side of the image. The staff of Havana did not know anything about these intriguing people with Che. Oh, they knew about Che but not anything about the other two.
The owner of this cafe is a Chinese businessman who has a casa in Cuba, he tells me, and a chicken farm or farms there. This man has an intriguing name. He is Mr. Mao but in person he is a paragon of China-Cuba charm, although his English is dim so we tend to try to communicate with my dim Spanish until his niece, Helen, helps us out.
Two other photos in frames caught my eye:
And I’m sure you will agree that this headline is enough to catch anyone’s eye since it’s on the wall with the Che Guevara images. But this next one is also intriguing:
I’m sorry, I can’t seem to eliminate this upside down image, but I’m sure you will agree that this photo of a front page, even if upside down, is quite recognizable!
and then I found another candid image of Che:
And now one of those Cuban artifacts with a quite recognizable cigar, looking a bit weary and tattered but a cigar nonetheless:
All the photos were snapped by me on the walls of Cafe Havana, a really neat place since they serve cold Australian beer and coffee and pretty good eats! The cafe is one street away from a very busy Carrefour Supermarket and a building known as the Roosevelt! Now that has to be intriguing since it’s all near a Xi’an Lu (road) and Huanghe (Yellow) Lu.
Helen is a neat lady and her uncle is an authentic Chinese character since he even finances an amateur soccer team in soccer crazy Dalian.
I guess once you consider this post you’ll have a better idea why I find joy on the back streets of Dalian!
- Using Che Guevara image riles some Cuban Americans (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Che Guevara is executed: This Day in History – 10/9/1967 (jeffpruett.wordpress.com)
- Poems about Che Guevara [Zahir shamsery] (ecademy.com)
Think again! Read Tim Egan’s column in NY Times!
Global Post had an excellent but too short piece this morning about China’s borderlands and here’s an excerpt:
In short, China’s most delicate and dicey challenges are often seen most dramatically on its borders. In the regions where China meets the rest of the world, its own ethnic lines are blurred by intense concentrations of minority populations, sometimes dominating whole provinces like Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia and Manchuria. Many of these regions have broken away from Chinese control throughout history. Today the borders are strong, but the 14 countries that frame China couldn’t be more different, from Pakistan to North Korea and Mongolia to Myanmar.
It’s no small challenge for China, which, with 13,743 miles of international borders, has more borderlands than any other country in the world.
Based on what I read in public print China does a much better job than the US does with on its border with Mexico. Here is a small photo illustrating what China has to deal with on its borders with North Korea:
- Will New Chinese Infrastructure Prevent the Next 10-Day Traffic Jam? (fastcompany.com)
- China’s Discreet Hold on Pakistan’s Northern Borderlands (nytimes.com)