Author Archives: Zach

My Kind of Town Has All That Jazz

We travel nearly 9000 miles and yet Chicago still finds a way to insinuate its way into our daily lives.  This time, though, is different – we actually look forward to going to our university complex. Taking a few lessons … Continue reading

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Sharks, Quarks, and Parks

The red pulse beats calmly and rhythmically from the core.  Like a stone dropping into still water, waves emanate from the center.  You can feel that idea in Beijing.  The Chinese capital wields incredibly influence over world politics – in realist terms, … Continue reading

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Aerial Cascade

The Temple of Heaven (天坛) is one of Beijing’s most visited sites.  It is a giant complex on which many prayer halls form the area where the Qing and Ming emperors would make their annual walk from the Forbidden City … Continue reading

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Somewhere Between Winnipeg and Siberia

Finally.  Half of a year of waiting is over.  Visa from the consulate – check.  Dog-eared Lonely Planet – check.  Chopstick finesse – uhh, to be acquired later.  I was finally going to China. Since I had to change my Tokyo itinerary, I … Continue reading

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Beijing-Bound

A few days after posting saying I was still going to Tokyo despite the earthquake, I quickly realized that a trip to Japan right now would not really be appropriate or worthwhile.  With rolling blackouts throughout Japan and the looming … Continue reading

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The Sun Also Rises

Officially confirmed – making a pitstop in Japan for a week before continuing on to Beijing and mainland PRC for 3 months. Goals for Tokyo: get lost on subway take pictures of shiny lights eat sushi on one of those carousel things … Continue reading

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Refugees Run the Seas Because We Own Our Own Boats

*This is part 1 of 2 of Cartagena.  See part 2 below.* Destination Colombia.  FARC rebels conduct secret raids across the Venezuelan border while drug peddlers deal cocaine on the streets?  Isn’t is just SO dangerous?  While a lot of that stuff … Continue reading

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The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor

*This is part 2 of 2 of Cartagena.  See part 1 above.* Our Lonely Planet calls Cartagena’s central market, the Mercado Bazurto, “not for the faint of heart.”  Reading this, we knew we had to go.  Catching a cab, we ventured … Continue reading

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Dance to the Conga Beat

For now, World rests.  I am going to Cartagena, Colombia in exactly a month from today, so until then, we take a short break.  The average temperature on the Caribbean coast of Colombia is 86˚ F in December, so it … Continue reading

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Beyond the Mexique Bay

*This is part 2 of 2 of Guatemala.  Part 1 is in a different post below.* The following day, we took a domestic TACA (the national carrier of several Central American countries) flight to Flores, a northern town, to visit … Continue reading

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