Archive | July, 2009
July 27, 2009


Despite living on the east coast for eight years, I’ve never been to Philadelphia, so I decided to drive up there this past weekend and visit Moira, one of my friends from LSE.

The first thing we did was eat a cheesesteak from Dalessandro’s. I forgot to take a picture of it, but it was gigantic and very delicious. After devouring our cheesesteaks, we toured some of Philly’s famous sites.

Rocky statue near the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Kids running up the Rocky steps

Independence Hall

American pose in front of Independence Hall

Liberty Bell

Elfreth’s Alley, one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the U.S.

Kind of odd to see someone flying the Union Jack…

After walking around the city for a few hours we had a few pints at the Dark Horse, a great pub in the Society Hill neighborhood. It reminded me a lot of some pubs we frequented back in London.

On Sunday afternoon we saw the Phillies destroy the Cardinals 9-2.

We are wearing leis because it was Shane Victorino day.

I had a great time up there and would definitely go again. Plus, I was seriously craving a cheesesteak all day today so I might have to run up there just to have another one.

July 13, 2009

Pyongyang or bust: Part III

The Arirang Mass Games are a go:

North Korea will stage its Arirang mass games from August, its state media said on Thursday, likely opening an avenue for foreign tourists and currency to flow into the state hit by U.N. sanctions for its May nuclear test.

Arirang, named after a Korean folk song, is the world’s biggest choreographed extravaganza with as many as 100,000 participants, much of it homage to leader Kim Jong-il and his dead father, Kim Il-sung, who founded the communist dynasty.

It is part circus act, part rhythmic gymnastics and features dancing girls, goose-stepping soldiers and a massive flip-card animation section.

In other news, I picked up my Chinese visa last week. Now I just need to read about the various Beijing hostels that my friends recommended and book one.

July 5, 2009

Goodbye Movable Type, hello WordPress

I ditched Movable Type and am now using WordPress for this blog. I wish I had switched sooner, as WP is a million times better than MT. The installation was incredibly easy and the wide variety of WP plug-ins have simplified many tasks that were a major pain in the ass with MT. I just have a bit of housekeeping to do with some older posts, but once that is done you can expect some new ones.

July 1, 2009

Dudes, update your RSS feeds for this blog

If you are subscribing to this blog’s RSS feed, please update it to my Feedburner feed I’ll be migrating this blog to WordPress sometime this month so the other RSS feeds will be defunct.