". . . Vesali, a city which its own king claimed to mock the city of the gods: that “well-preserved” city wall buried in the dirt."

Vesali: Second City of the Rakhine

“Having built a city which is more beautiful and splendid than the city of the celestial beings as if mocking the latter city . . .” – Anandacandra Stone, Verse 21 To hear about a Lost City, one that you’ve never heard of before, particularly when it is older than the one you’re already in,…

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The Chongqing Days: People’s Great Hall, People’s Spitting Ground

The act of spitting is commonplace in China. Easily within your first 24 hours anywhere in the country, you’ll hear the noise of someone loudly collecting every drop of available moisture in their mouth and throat before forcibly expelling it onto some nearby surface. It’s enough of a problem that signs prohibiting the action need…

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The Chongqing Days: Jialing Park and its Oddly Deep Mistranslated Signs

Green space is an uncommon sight inside the city of Chongqing.  Despite being a city built on rocky and hilly terrain, it has adapted with stairs up cliffs, 13-storey pedestrian walkways, and tunnels everywhere.  With all this odd construction in unconventional places, what few parks and gardens do exist tend to be manmade afterthoughts added…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

Outside of a bar on my first night in Chongqing out with coworkers, we found a strange anthropomorphic cat who seemed down and out.  Whether he was depressed or simply had too many, he wouldn’t say.  Still, it appeared he needed some consoling. So, we took turns trying to comfort him.  Sorry to say, he…

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The Chongqing Days: Coffee at Central Perk

One of the reasons I had accepted a job in Chongqing is that I had never heard of it before. This enormous metropolis directly north of where I’d spent the last three years, and I knew nothing of it. And because of this vague anonymity, it is still relatively devoid of Western-ish establishments in comparison…