Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Trip So Far

I currently have a little time right now so I'll provide a trip recap and my thoughts.

Tokyo -

Tokyo is an amazing city. If you took away the language barrier and just viewed the city, it would be very difficult to tell Tokyo from any other major, world-class city in the world. Everyone I met was very cordial and the tourist sites were awesome to see. The Meiji Gardens are very serene and peaceful to walk through. They are the perfect separation from city life.

The food is stellar as well. I had the chance to go to the Tokyo fish market and get some fresh sushi. There is no sushi better or fresher than the sushi you can get there.

In terms of costs, Tokyo is as expensive as any U.S. City. However, if you can make it for a week in NYC, LA or SF you can make it Tokyo. In fact, a day pass on the subways is $8 which is very affordable for the amount I used it. Also, from LA, Tokyo is only a 9 hour flight. It is long but goes quickly. Overall, I can't wait for my next opportunity to go to Tokyo.

Hong Kong -

Hong Kong is a strange cross section. Mostly new school China, with some old school British mixed in. Hong Kong is an incredibly crowded Chinese city. When you are in Kowloon, good luck walking ten fee without running into someone. Despite this Hong Kong has everything any person could ask for. You can get food that costs $100 per person for dinner to as little as a few dollars for dinner. The food is top notch too. In one minute you can be standing in the lobby of a major bank such as HSBC, and the next minute walking next to a poor Chinese smoking. I haven't been to any large Chinese cities, but I would assume that this is a great gateway to a city such as Shanghai or Beijing.

Macau -

Eh, it's ok. Yes it is like Vegas. No they don't really have a strip like Vegas, but they have casinos like Vegas (including the Venetian, Wynn and MGM Grand). They were once a colony of the Portuguese so there are about 15 European styled buildings there. Otherwise it is just a small Chinese city.

Bangkok -

This city has changed so much in the past ten years. It is getting to the point that Bangkok has almost every major conveniences you can find in a Western city. Despite the modernization, the city still maintains its native culture. There are still temples scattered throughout the city and there are still vendors of every sort as far as the eye can see.

The trip has been very enjoyable so far and has been a great experience as always.

Thanks for reading.

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Anonymous Fritzdad said...

Well seems your having a great trip. I was talking to Rachel up in Wisconsin and telling her about your trip. She thinks your getting such a great experience. Have fun. Did you wear pink for thr Kings Birthday? Go to the Festival of lights on the Chopy river.
Are you going to Chang Mai?...lvd

December 5, 2007 at 4:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice summary, BUT I'm missing some information about the geishas...

December 5, 2007 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

And I am missing my food pictures!!

Casey was reading your blog over my shoulder, and now has resigned to licking his belly.

Speaking of food...I have been craving something french so I signed up to make palmiers for the cookie exchange (homemade all the way, no puff pastry!) I am so excited!

December 5, 2007 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

You need to send me your iter. for your trip home. I tired to call you last night with no avail. Does your mom not have an answering machine at the condo?

December 6, 2007 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger cclemens31 said...

my mom is cheap (frugal). no answering machine.

December 6, 2007 at 7:28 AM  

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