Category Archives: travel

New Zealand ho!

As I mentioned a while back, I’m traveling to New Zealand for about a month, just for fun—though I would be glad to give a few talks (or have discussions) on science, humanism, atheism, free will, etc.. I’ll be arriving in Auckland on March 17 and immediately flying to Queenstown on the South Island. I’ll then […]

Why is the goose cooked?

In preparation for my trip to New Zealand, I’ve been watching some of their famous commercials, including their safety demonstrations, like this one having a Lord of the Rings theme: or this one, featuring the beloved All Blacks rugby team: This one features the entire crew wearing nothing but body paint: And here’s an ad, also funny, […]

Road trip—in New Zealand!

I’m planning a trip to New Zealand for roughly four weeks beginning March 17 or so. It’s intended to be mostly fun and travel, though I’m not averse to giving a talk or two to secular groups, biology groups, or the like. At any rate, the way this trip will work is similar to that […]

New York Times’s favorite travel photographs of 2016

The New York Times has a series of 25 “favorite travel photography of 2016.” The photos were all taken to accompany travel articles, and you can find the link to those articles at the link. Here are my five favorites, though I have to say that in general their submissions aren’t nearly as good as […]

United Airlines screws everyone

Several venues, including Fortune and PuffHo, report that as of January, customers flying in the cheapest seats on United Airlines will no longer be able to put their luggage in the overhead bins, but will be restricted to carry-on items that fit below the seat. Since United already charges $25 to check a bag, this […]

My last meal in Hong Kong

I’m leaving tomorrow, and will miss this place. I’ve had a great time in both Singapore and Hong Kong, and my last 3½ days here were immeasurably enriched by local HK resident (but cosmopolitan traveler) Winnie Fung, a volunteer at the Literary Festival who offered to take me around the city. She also happened to be […]

Hong Kong: more food and travel

I will be in Hong Kong two more days (including today), heading home on the 16th. The time has flown by on this trip, but it’s been immensely enjoyable and I’ve learned a lot about an area of the world of which I was largely ignorant. I’m using my last two days to see the […]

Hong Kong food: Dim sum at Maxim’s

Most of you probably know what dim sum is, but just in case you don’t, here’s the definition from Wikipedia: Dim sum /ˈdimˈsʌm/ (simplified Chinese: 点心; traditional Chinese: 點心; pinyin: Diǎnxīn; Sidney Lau: dim2sam1) is a style of Chinese cuisine (particularly Cantonese but also other varieties) prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small […]

Hong Kong: Lunch

I have tons of food pictures to come, but no time to post them (I’m doing my Literary Festival event tonight). These include awesome dim sum breakfasts and banquet meals in both mainland China and Hong Kong. As a teaser, here’s a simple lunch I had today. Hong Kong is full of business and retail […]

Hong Kong

I didn’t have the usual leisure time in the past week to post pictures and information about my trip, for I’m doing a lot of stuff here. But my last three days after Friday are free days, which I’ll use for sightseeing, eating, and maybe finding some nice tea to take back home. (Any recommendations for […]