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One day, countless memories: My action-packed day in Colombo, Sri Lanka

One day, countless memories: My action-packed day in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Even though I lived in India for most of my pre-teen and teen years, I have never been to Sri Lanka (it was called Ceylon back then), so I was very excited when the MS Zuiderdam docked in Colombo, the capital city, in March 2024.  The port stop was just one day which meant that […]

Vietnam’s áo dài, xe máy, and non la – you can’t help but notice them

Vietnam’s áo dài, xe máy, and non la – you can’t help but notice them

Credit: most of the photographs in this post are courtesy of my friend David Rehmeyer who I am sure you will agree is an extraordinary photographer! Thank you David for sharing your talent. I have visited two areas of Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang – and three things about their culture […]

Hello Saigon!

Hello Saigon!

The last time I came to this part of the world was just four months ago – in November 2023.  But back then, I had just one goal – to go to the Cu Chi Tunnels.  That trip was a 6-hour return drive by bus (plus time there), so it left no opportunity to do […]

I played tour guide in Hong Kong, and discovered something I never knew!

I played tour guide in Hong Kong, and discovered something I never knew!

As frequent readers of the blog likely know, I have visited Hong Kong many times.  My last time here was just four months ago in November 2023.  But no matter how many times I come here, I never seem to tire of the buzzing metropolis that describes this city.  And when I visited for two […]

Tianjin’s Ancient Cultural Street (Guwenhua Jie)

Tianjin’s Ancient Cultural Street (Guwenhua Jie)

While most foreign tourists see Tianjin merely as a transit hub, using it as a stopover on their way from a cruise ship to Beijing, many Chinese view it as a prime vacation destination. This shift in perception largely resulted from significant efforts in the 1980s to promote tourism in the city.  During that time, […]

Beijing – always something new to discover

Beijing – always something new to discover

Beijing is not located on the coast, so reaching it from a cruise ship requires some planning. Fortunately, when I was on the MS Zuiderdam in March 2024, we docked at Tianjin, which is about two hours from Beijing by bus, or just 20 minutes by high-speed train. My initial plan was to take the […]

Dalian, China – next time I’m going to Russian Street …

Dalian, China – next time I’m going to Russian Street …

One rainy day in March 2024, the MS Zuiderdam docked at the port of Dalian, in the Liaoning Province in northeastern China.  I was aboard and, despite the gloomy skies, looking forward to going ashore. Dalian, with over 7 million residents, is one of the most prosperous cities in the Northeast, known for its focus […]

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