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Posted on April 14, 2013 | 3 CommentsToday we spent the day in Munich not sightseeing, but catching up with old friends. Chris, a Munich resident took us out for beer at his favorite corner tavern where...
Posted on April 12, 2013 | 1 CommentI’ve been spending so much time in Asia these last few years (164 blog posts and many Asia-related articles, galleries, and travel tips on The Mad Traveler main site), the...
Posted on April 6, 2013 | 4 CommentsIt’s called Uogashi Nihon-Ichi, but my friends and I just call it “that stand-up sushi bar” as there isn’t another in the area. I found this place about 3 years...
Posted on March 31, 2013 | 3 CommentsActually, this is my third trip to Taiwan and I realized I never posted my first blog about coming here. My impressions remain unchanged, so here it is… Taiwan is...
Posted on March 30, 2013 | 5 CommentsWhat disturbs me about China are the tempers… including my own. There is something to be said about the advice of keeping “toxic” people out of your life. What if...
Posted on March 28, 2013 | 2 CommentsIn the evening, it’s red lanterns as far as the eye can see. It’s not a hutong with those little hole-in-the-wall restaurants nor is it the open-air noodle or dumpling-type...
Posted on March 27, 2013 | 3 CommentsI arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) grabbed my bags and was ready to make the easy Airport Express Train into Beijing. I had exactly the 25 yuan needed...
Posted on March 26, 2013 | 5 CommentsIt just so happened that I took the call in my car, in an empty gravel parking lot in an abandoned warehouse area on the south side of Milwaukee. “You...
Posted on March 25, 2013 | 4 CommentsAs I flew into Beijing last week, I wondered if I might be able to see the Great Wall of China on my approach. Perhaps you already know that the...
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