Posing in Pyongyang–

DSCN4860 DSCN4642 DSCN4605 DSCN4598YES!  Here we are posing and puttering around in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.  It’s just me and my three-person tour-guide team, the young lady above being one of them, and it appears that we have the whole town to ourselves, which I love. . .who wants to fight crowds?  Not I.  So we visit the Peoples’ Square–with no people in it. . .we visit some monuments with the DPRK symbol on them and inscriptions that say, “we must be prepared to destroy the enemy U.S. whenever they invade us,” and stuff like that–no people around them. . .we visit the Korean War Victory Arch–no one here either. . .etc. and so on. . .all absolutely fascinating!  This is truly the kookiest place I have ever visited, and I say that you must visit here, too, if you ever get the chance. . .just to see and experience some of the lunacy that we humans are capable of.  It is important to note that my guides are sweet and wonderful to me. . .I wish that I could see them again or at least email with them, but alas, this is not possible given the current state of affairs.  Salut!

I send you quiet vibes from Pyongyang, North Korea. . .feel them. . .they are surprisingly worthy of your attention.

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Beijing, baby!

DSCN4523DSCN4527 DSCN4570DSCN4502BOOM!  Here we are hangin’ with the Chinese in Beijing, the capital city of China.  The Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven are two of my favorite sights to check out here.  Both of these structures are hundreds of years old. . .the Temple of Heaven complex was completed around the year 1420, and the Summer Palace complex opened around 1750 or so. . .mmmm, aaaaahh, I can feel the history and vibes of the emperors who have trod these grounds many times over the centuries. . .and now commoners and gringos like me are allowed to traipse around just about anywhere that we like. . .as long as we behave.

These structures are hearty and strong just like the people who built them.  Above you see a good example of one these hearty and strong Chinese dudes. . .give them respect, and they give nothing but respect in return.  I love hangin’ in Beijing and chillin’ with the Chinese, and I know that you will too if you ever find yourself visiting the capital of the oldest civilization on Earth.  Hao-hao!

I send you substantial vibes from Beijing. . .feel them. . .they ain’t goin’ nowhere.

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The 21 Club rocks!

IMG_3123IMG_3119 IMG_3117IMG_3122So you are in town and looking for a lunch spot.  Well, I recommend that you consider the 21 Club. . .yes, the 21 Club.  I have lived in New York City for over 26 years now, and this is my first time here–crazy, right?  Like you I always thought this place was too stuffy or old or rickety or simply ‘not my thang,’ but I have been incredibly wrong all these years.  Yes, you have have to wear a jacket, no jeans are allowed, no sneakers, etc., but once inside and safely seated at a lovely table for two this is a cozy and warm feed spot with lots of nice folks to help you out. . .mmm, aaaahh!  My martini tastes wonderful, my caesar salad is tasty, my burger is scrumptious, and my apple pie is satisfying. . .plus, we are surrounded by historic decor that could tell many fascinating stories from the time of prohibition to today. . .oh, if only the trinkets hanging from the ceiling could talk.  Salut!

I send you surprisingly relaxing vibes from the 21 Club. . .feel them. . .they will keep you coming back for more.

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21 Club…lunchtime, NYC–

FullSizeRender IMG_3115 IMG_3108 IMG_3106KAPOWY!  Here we are puttin’ on a major celebratory feed at the 21 Club on 52nd Street in Manhattan, New York City.  Wow, this place rocks!  The cocktails are as outstanding as you have heard–I sample the 21 Martini, the 21 Gin Gimlet, and the 21 Manhattan made with Bulleit Rye, and they are all rockin’ my world this fine afternoon.  Then for victuals we gobble the French onion soup, the 21 Caesar Salad, the short rib, the 21 burger, and for dessert we inhale profiteroles and a tasty individual apple pie. . .mmmm, aaaahh!!  The staff is wonderful and the atmosphere is cozy old-time speakeasy New York.  We are extremely happy lunching away here, and I know you will love it here, too–get on over to the 21 Club, its’ better than you think.

I send you lively vibes from the 21 Club. . .feel them. . .they are worthy of your attention.

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1st day of Spring??

IMG_3099 IMG_3097 IMG_3093 IMG_3091WHAA!  Snow on the first day of Spring here in New York City. . .oh boy!  This snow is that moist fluffy heavy stuff. . .it’s weighing down our bamboo–the poor bamboo is saying, “why, why do we have to endure this?  Please take us back to our tropical home!”  I wish that I could, oh dear bamboo. . .but be patient cuz you see the sun is attempting to warm you with his/her life-giving rays. . .I know that Spring is right around the corner. . .I know it is, I know. . .I think I know.  Meanwhile, let me get back to shoveling this stuff away so we don’t slip and pop a vertebrae or three. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

I send you variable vibes from the vernal equinox here in New York. . .feel them. . .they will keep you on your toes.

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Sofia, so fine–

DSCN4346 DSCN4308 DSCN4306 DSCN4302BAM!  It’s the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. . .mmmm, aaaahh!  This place is low-key, orderly, chilled-out, and full of interesting sights and sounds for a gringo like me to take in and ‘oooo’ and ‘aaaahh’ over.  Above you see the most beautiful building in town, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral–the architectural style is Neo-Byzantine, and the vibe is imposing. . .next, it’s always fun to see the changing of the guards anywhere, and here we see them changing in front of the presidential palace–so official and nice. . .then you see the Church of St. George built by Romans in the fourth century c.e.–fabulous to walk inside a building that is about seventeen hundred years old–love it!. . .and finally a glimpse of the entryway to an archeology museum–love that Cyrillic alphabet.  There is a lot more to see here so, of course, I recommend that you add this place to your travel list. . .I am willing to bet a large of amount of Bulgarian currency that you will love Sofia as much as I do.

I send you Bulgar vibes from Sofia. . .feel them. . .they are more civilized than you might think.

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Hooray Hanoi!

DSCN3468 DSCN3391 DSCN3379 DSCN3370YES!  It’s the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. . .the nighttime streets are mystical and atmospheric, the daytime streets are hustlely and bustlely, the people are sweet and open to interaction with gringos like me, and a statue of Lenin still stands in Nguyen Thai Park, also known as Lenin Park, on Dien Bien Phu Street. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!  Everything that you want is here: modern stuff, historic stuff, ancient stuff, fun stuff, tasty stuff, mind-bending stuff, warm stuff, frustrating stuff, forward-thinking stuff, traditional stuff, etc.. . .and it all feels extremely Vietnamese, i.e., a tad rustic with a delicious and inviting flair, and a desire to soar beyond all previous limitations and restrictions.  I love Hanoi for all of these reasons and so many more. . .get over here some time cuz I am confident that you will love it here too.  Xin chao!

I send you wide-open vibes from Hanoi. . .feel them. . .they are easier to find than you think.

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