Friday, December 21, 2007

Long Awaited Trip Recap (With Photos)

So I've almost been back for San Diego for two weeks. I finally have uploaded all my pictures as well. They have been sorted and gone through.

I decided when I got back that I would try to use a different site for my photos since my Google Picasa account was getting dreadfully close to its limit. Instead, I decided to shell out the $25 for a flickr.com pro account. So far its been really great, as I like the interface and the appearance of my photos on it.

Feel free to take a look at my photos here:

2007 Asia Trip Photos

Make sure you look at the sets called "Asia Trip Photos" and "Asia Food Photos". Those are the ones that I pulled out that I felt gave the best representation of the trip. If you want to see more pictures in detail you can take a look at the rest of the sets in their entirety.

Overall, the trip was great. Thailand was fantastic as always. The people are very nice and it was good to see my family again. It was great visiting in December as the weather was very nice and it didn't take a few days to adjust to the heat.

I can't say enough nice things about Tokyo (and Chiba City for that matter). Japan was a great place. The best way I can describe it, is that a lot of times you see movies or documentaries set or about certain locations, but when you get there they don't come close to living up to the expectations set forth by the movie or documentary. However, I felt Tokyo met every expectation I could have had about it. It felt modern, yet Tokyo retains its heritage in a very elegant manner.

Hong Kong was an interesting place as well. As I have said before, its is a gateway from the Western world into China. One moment you can be standing between skyscrapers, not sure if you are in New York or San Francisco and the next moment where you feel that you are in the middle of any major Chinese city.

Macau is a unique side trip. If you can't get to Las Vegas, you can get to Macau and have the same gambling experience. Macau retains a lot of it Portuguese architecture, however it doesn't even come remotely close to an experience in Europe. However, it is an experience to see a little bit of Europe submerged in Chinese culture.

So once again, it was a fantastic trip. I felt that I did a lot and learned a lot. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions.

Charlton

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