Tag: Asia and Middle East Travel

2015 Index and YWW Year in Review

It’s a bit late, but here is my 2015 travel year in review post.  It was a huge travel year for me, as I hit 5 continents and did more long-haul flying than I’d ever done before. It was a lot of mileage redemptions, and low on the mileage earning front.  I re-qualified for American
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Return Home: Cathay Pacific Business TPE-HKG, the Cathay First Experience HKG-ORD, and The Pier Lounge

  I was going to fly home via Tokyo on Japan Airlines in First Class to LA, connecting to a domestic first class flight on American to DCA.  When my travel dates changed, I was able to snag a flight on Cathay Pacific First from Hong Kong to Chicago, which is more desirable not only because
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Taipei Megapost: Landis Hotel and 2 Days in Taipei

It’s been more than two months since I got back from Taiwan, and a lot has gone on since then, so excuse blog posts lacking on detail. To help me catch up, I’m going to one Taipei megapost, covering both the Landis Hotel and my exploration of the city. The Landis Hotel The (wrong) bus
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Seoul (ICN) to Taipei (TPE) on Cathay Pacific Business Class

A 9:20am flight isn’t that early, unless you are flying out of Incheon, which is basically like flying out of Baltimore if you live in DC. I woke up at 5:15am, checked out of the Holiday Inn Express and headed to the Metro. My original plan had been to take a taxi to Seoul Station,
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Two Days in Gyeongju, Part 2: Exploring Gyeongju

The City of Gyeongju was not what I was expecting at all. Described as a “museum without walls,” I expected the whole city to be ancient architecture and charming and beautiful. It wasn’t, which isn’t necessarily bad, but not what I expected. It certainly did have its charming parts, and was a nice break from
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Two Days in Gyeongju, Part 1: KTX and the Hilton Gyeongju

My original plan was to head South for three days, splitting them between Gyeongju and Busan, with one night in each. Gyeongju is a smaller city, filled with World Heritage sites as the former capital of the Silla Dynasty, about two hours south of Seoul by train. Busan is South Korea’s second city, large and
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One City, Three Hotels: Reviews of the Imperial Palace, Four Points by Sheraton Seoul – Namsan, Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro

I spent a total of four nights in Seoul, which ended up being split between three hotels.   The first hotel I booked was the Imperial Palace in Gangnam, for a great rate on Skyauction.com. Unfortunately, when my plans changed and I wanted to add a third night, there were no rates via Skyauction available. Since
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Trip Report: A Day in the DMZ

There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to do a DMZ tour when I went to Seoul. There are two main kinds of DMZ tours.  One is a tour of the JSA – or Joint Security Area – which is the heavily secured actual border within the DMZ, and the other tour
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Trip Report: Exploring Seoul

I ended up having four nights and two and a half days in Seoul, which I think was actually good enough for me. Seoul is an absolutely massive city – probably the biggest I’ve ever been to; the streets are packed and the neighborhoods are sprawling. You could spend a week and not see all
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A Far East Adventure: Preview

Things have been very busy here in YWWville.  I’m in escrow on a condo, work is hectic, and I just finished up the Jewish High Holy Days.   I hope to wrap up my trip reports from Germany this weekend, because next week I head off on a ten day adventure to East Asia. The impetus
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