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Only walking on those horrible roads in Kathmandu/Patan for 3 days …

My travel diaries in Nepal Written on Nov. 18, 2017 (night) : The online procedure leading to obtain a landing visa at the Kathmandu airport (TIA) actually works and with HKSAR passport it’s free…. The site is http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. The first … Continue reading

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Dubai, UAE, from my experience

Deira, Dubai (2016-11-3) : So I have been to Dubai, UAE. 😎 Its metro system is connected to the airport and therefore the transport from the airport to one’s hotel is the easiest. The first mission I have assigned myself … Continue reading

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Elba Island & Pisa … why not just video-conferencing ?!

This is the 1st time that I’ve  joined the Elba workshops on “Forward Physics”.  So far, all (3) Elba workshops have been organized at the Hotel Hermitage of Elba Island.  While I was there, I was told that a senior management/physicist has got very … Continue reading

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How I view Panama and practicalities

Mar. 24-27, 2016 : I’ve read a bit about Panama in travel guide books and searched online before my trip to Panama.   When I arrived at Panama, Panama seemed a bit more modern and wealthier than my expectation (which … Continue reading

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Myanmar … brimming with optimism/hope/confidence ? …

Nov. 5-7, 2015 (Yangon/Dallah, Myanmar) : Downtown Yangon is just too densely populated and congested, which makes it dirty and filthy.  As a significant fraction of the roads/streets have been occupied by the street stalls or hawkers selling all sorts … Continue reading

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Less than 50 hours in Sri Lanka

I guess if one follows a travel agent, one might see the best of Sri Lanka among other advantages.  I don’t like that mainly because I don’t want to deal with companions (having to talk and discuss what to do next … Continue reading

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老撾之旅

第一晚 (2014-1-17) : 在 Luang Prabang 小飛機場沒有馬上找到應該來接我的人 … 等了一會後,我到某個機場櫃台,問一位小姐可否幫我打電話給我的酒店。結果,她竟然幫我打了,而且還打了幾次、等了好一陣,才終於聯絡上。後來才終於看到有人拿著我的名字的紙頭,我總於鬆了一口氣。 黃昏到所謂的『夜市』走了一趟,那條街還很長的。看到了我打算(在後天)去的兩個(蠻遠的)地方的一天團(乘船、乘車),竟然只要US$20,比我之前在網上聯絡到的要便宜得多。(網上那些要大概US$180。) 不過太便宜了,又擔心會不會被人騙。 到現在為止,最大的感覺是這裡很乾淨ㄟ!街道上看上去沒有甚麼垃圾,也沒有(臭的)污水,比我多年前我去柬埔寨好多了。這裡的東西不會很奢豪,看似簡單,但都能運作,就如酒店的WIFI都不錯啊!機場也是,小而簡單,但操作正常,他們像美國的飛機場一樣,入境櫃台也有個小相機(webcam之類),我入境時也被照了一下。 今天這裡US$1 ~ 8000 kip (老撾的貨幣)。差不多,一元港幣可以換到1000 kip。我之前已經想好,我這回如無意外不用 提款卡,只用現金。晚餐不太想吃甚麼,因為飛機上都吃了東西。晚餐不少都要30000 或 40000 kip 或更多。我看某大排檔有10000 kip的自助餐,有不少看似學生的人光顧。我在一家便宜的地方,吃了一晚雞湯麵,只要15000 kip。結果那碗雞湯麵東西不多,但我肚子也不餓,正好。明天也許會吃貴一點的。 其實,今早在國泰去曼谷的航班上吃的那碗 雞粥 就出奇的好吃!好像是從來沒有如此好吃過 🙂 Bangkok Airways 就勝在免費提供“International Lounge”,提供小食和各種飲料。 同樣的電插座同時可接受圓的或扁的插頭(我都準備!),我房間裡的全都是兩個頭的,都沒有地線。美國的兩個頭的插頭都可以直接插上。 第二天 (2014-1-18) : 坐在酒店的陽台上隱約看著Nam Khan 河,還蠻寫意的。 … Continue reading

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