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پولۇ Polo (Xinjiang, China)

From the portion size, you can tell they knew I was coming.  From the reused cooking oil, you can tell I knew what I was getting into. I consumed this tasty polo, better known to much of the world as … Continue reading

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Taiwan, ever UNinvited

Taiwan, or the Republic of China had served as the sole representative of “China” since the founding of the United Nations in 1945.  They were finally expelled in favor of growing international support for the mainland, or the People’s Republic … Continue reading

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Ethiopian Chechebsa

Chechebsa, or kita firfir, is a nauseatingly filling breakfast item from Ethiopia.  In one sitting, I’ve eaten six slices of a New York (pizza) pie in a sitting, obscene amounts of cheap sushi and half of a lemon- don’t be … Continue reading

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Separate Checks

During my last visit to Japan, I finally tried the Kani Douraku (かに道楽) restaurant chain, that time in Kyoto.  They specialize in crab, or the kani in the Kani Douraku name. Admittedly, I quite enjoyed the meal, though I couldn’t … Continue reading

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A Brief Tour of Al Balad, the Historic Center of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Although I was quite looking forward to visiting Al Balad, the historic section of Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, I was already slightly disappointed before my first visit.  Due to various reasons which I will not delve into here  (for starters, check … Continue reading

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But Did You Know That I’d Lose My Wallet?: The Japan Edition

Coincidentally, I did lose my wallet during my first trip to Japan.  The details are rather fuzzy – it happened in 2000 – but it did shock me that it happened in a country known for actually having rather full … Continue reading

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Cinema Rossiya in Yerevan, Armenia

It’s quite obvious that I’m willing to travel out of my way – which amusingly puts things “in my way” – to observe (what I believe to be) unusual examples of architecture. Though, how does one define “out of the … Continue reading

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