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10 Things To Know About Sake

June 20, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title picture: My son, Gerard, and his girlfriend, Rimi, opening a bottle of shōchū at Torisan, our favorite izakaya ‘neighborhood restaurant’ in Koshien When in Japan you’ll want to know that: 1. Sake is the generic Japanese word for ‘alcohol.’ Everything alcoholic can be referred to as sake. 2. The... read more

Two Observations on the Japanese Language

June 13, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

日 ‘sun’ + 本 ‘origin/tree’ = Japan         日本語= Japanese Language I’m in Japan now. Sure, I can say ohayō gozaimasu ‘good morning’, arigatō gozaimasu ‘thank you very much’ and order basic food items, e.g. I have shōchū  rokku ‘(Japanese) vodka on the rocks,’ down. Beyond that, I... read more

Romania and Uzbekistan – a travel blog

June 10, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Here I highlight some of the differences but mostly the similarities between Romania and Uzbekistan.    Differences between Romania and Uzbekistan  First, Romania is in Eastern Europe, and Uzbekistan is in Central Asia. Check out the distance. Furthermore: -Romanians speak Romanian, a Romance language. Uzbeks speak Uzbek, a Turkic language.... read more

Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan

Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan – a travel blog

June 3, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

The Central Asian countries of Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan share many similarities. However, as a tourist, I was struck by their differences. Note: For some, Azerbaijan counts as being in the Caucasus, along with Georgia and Armenia. However, my guide in Azerbaijan spoke of his country as being in Central Asia.... read more

Soviet Junk: Post-Communist Clean Up

May 20, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

My recent visit to Azerbaijan inspired this blog. As I was being driven through Baku, my guide, Basran, would occasionally gesture at crumbly old buildings and say, “Soviet junk.” I’ve gained experience roaming through countries spewed by the cement mixer of communism: the Balkans (Romania, Bulgaria), Russia, Mongolia, and now... read more

Azerbaijan Architecture – a travel blog

May 16, 2016 9:00 am Published by 2 Comments

Title Image: Flame Towers, Baku, a spectacular example of Azerbaijan architecture. I left Malaysia, and after an 11-hour flight and a 4-hour layover in Istanbul followed by another 3-hour flight, I arrived in Azerbaijan. Although I was very tired and jet-lagged, I immediately perked up at sight of Baku, the... read more

Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, Malaysia

May 13, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

The fourth stop in my trip around the world is Malaysia, landing in Kuala Lumpur. The first thing you need to know is that kuala means ‘confluence of two rivers, estuary’ and lumpur means ‘muddy’. Here I am (in the photo on the right) at the muddy confluence. Note: Everywhere in Asia... read more