Hong Kong Hotspot: Doing It At The Worst Time

TRAVEL ALWAYS HAS its high and low seasons. There are always good and bad times to do the must-do activities in any destination, usually depending on the weather. But those recommendations don’t always line up with the necessities of our lifestyles. Study and project plans here are only getting more intense, and the staff at … More Hong Kong Hotspot: Doing It At The Worst Time

Beijing Backpacking, Day 24: No Pain, No Gain, and the Greatest View

At this latitude, the seasons can be punishing. In July, just off the height of summer, temperatures coften go into the mid-30s. But, often coincidentally, summer also tends to give Beijing some of its cleaner days of the year – especially after the rains come in and wash the pollution away. It gave me an … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 24: No Pain, No Gain, and the Greatest View

Beijing Backpacking, Day 16: When The Sky Is Blue, Where The Sky Is Blue

AIR POLLUTION SEEMS to be a hallmark of Beijing that regularly makes the news. To be fair, it has its good days and particularly bad days. It’s also aggravated in summer, where haze can lock in the stickiness or humidity – and it’s a humidity different from that which you would find in coastal areas … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 16: When The Sky Is Blue, Where The Sky Is Blue

Amazingly Ominous

IT’S BEEN PRETTY treacherous – and deadly – in Sydney and the surrounding areas over the past week. Flash floods and wind speeds equivalent to a category 2 typhoon/hurricane/cyclone are not what Sydney is used to. But nature has a funny way of making impending disaster look so beautiful. Take this shot, for example. It’s … More Amazingly Ominous

Sydney on the edge of more than one Cliff

How does Sydney roll summer out and autumn in?  Usually with one of these. Severe storms come most often during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn, following long summer days. They arrive abruptly and violently, usually from the south – hence the local adage ‘buster’ to describe the accompanying wind. But one great thing … More Sydney on the edge of more than one Cliff