Tag Archives: Asia and Middle East Travel

Two Days in Gyeongju, Part 2: Exploring Gyeongju

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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Trip Report: Exploring Seoul

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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… Read more »

A Far East Adventure: Preview

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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… Read more »

I’m Never Doing That Again: Misery on Etihad Coach from Abu Dhabi to Washington-Dulles

Etihad Flight 131, Abu Dhabi to Washington-Dulles A345, Steerage Sched. Dep. 11:30am    Actual Dep.  2:34pm Sched. Arrival 4:02pm   Actual Arrival 8:45pm My flight home from Abu Dhabi could accurately be described as an ordeal.  Now that I’ve done it, I see no reason ever to fly Etihad in coach, or… Read more »

Thoughts on Abu Dhabi, Part 2: Ethical Travel, LGBT Rights in the UAE, and Why One Blogger Should Be Ashamed of Himself

I have spent most of my professional life thinking about issues of injustice and inequality. When I travel, I try not to let these concerns dominate my thinking. I remember a speaker I heard in college, some noted activist whose name I can’t recall, who made the point that people… Read more »

Exploring and Thoughts on Abu Dhabi, Part 1: What I Did

There isn’t a lot to do in Abu Dhabi. As they used to say about Los Angeles, there isn’t much there there. There are a lot of malls, a lot of fancy hotels, and a lot of skyscrapers. Then there are the businesses that serve the massive migrant worker population… Read more »

A Tale of Two Hotels: The Wonderful Le Royal Meridien and the Terrible Hilton Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a city of hotels (and not much else). There are tons of options ranging from midrange to high end to super luxury. I was spending three nights in the city- the first on my own, and the next two with my friend. So I considered that an… Read more »