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India: India’s Cricket World Cup Win From New Delhi

By , May 3, 2011 5:42 am
Pride For India's Big Win

Pride For India's Big Win

Half awake in the early morning, we arrive in New Delhi by train. There are many budget accommodations nearby the train station, but prices overall are higher and hotels are filthier here compared to Varanasi.

With roaring stomachs, it is time to get some lunch. We are not in the mood for any tourist restaurants so we start walking away from the crowds and somehow after taking many left and right turns, we find a tiny restaurant serving dosas, something we had not tried yet. Watching Boris eat this dish is entertaining, as he looks so happy after each bite. Dosas look a lot like a French crepe that you dip in different spicy sauces. If you are in New Delhi, stop by Udipi South Indian Food restaurant.

New Delhi is a chaotic city. Being here while India is hosting the Cricket World Cup doesn’t help either. Whenever there is a game, all eyes are glued to the television screens. On our last day in New Delhi, it is the semi-final game between India and their biggest rival, Pakistan. Shops close early and there are large projector screens in the middle of the streets at every block airing the game. The moments leading to India’s win, the crowds start to get crazy. At the final win, fireworks go off in the streets, flags are out and people are jumping on top of the large crowds. For us, it is great to see all this energy and pride and be part of a historic moment for India.

Cricket World Cup

Cricket World Cup

Win For India!

Win For India!

Celebration Time

Celebration Time

Calls For Fireworks

Calls For Fireworks

During lunch one day, we meet a very nice local. He is in Delhi to do some shopping for his shop. After some talking, I ask if we can join him and he is more than happy to have us along. The next few hours, I am ecstatic as I follow this local man around as he shops. He has great taste for things and we discover the various shopping areas for decorations and local handcrafts. Since he is a shop owner, all these places he takes us to have wholesale prices.

Shopping Time

Shopping Time

There are many sites to visit within New Delhi. I honestly didn’t enjoy many of them as there are lots of construction work going on and the entrance fees are a little steep. However, there is one place I really like, which is the Jama Masjid Mosque, within the Old City. Admission is free but there is a large fee for having a camera, which most tourists will have on them. As we walk around the mosque, there is a good amount of locals as well as tourists. In the middle of the plaza is a watering hole where many locals come to drink or wash in. I enjoy just sitting in this sunny spot and do some people watching. Boris leaves me and goes up one of the towers to get a great view of the city.

Jama Masjid Mosque

Jama Masjid Mosque

Inside Mosque

Inside Mosque

Old Delhi

Old Delhi

The Red Fort Complex

The Red Fort Complex

Watering Hole

Watering Hole

One of the things that shocked me the most in New Delhi are the public toilets for men. Besides being in the open in random alleys, the best way to describe it is a wall designated for peeing. It turns out to be very common so just be careful what you walk into as you roam the streets.

The other thing to be aware of is the tourist train booking office inside the New Delhi train station. This is a great perk of being a tourist as you can book same day train tickets for the same price without waiting in long lines. However, there are people that will try to stray you away by telling you the office is somewhere else or it is closed, don’t believe them.

Red Fort Or Lal Qila

Red Fort Or Lal Qila

Courtyard

Courtyard

Pavilions In Courtyard

Pavilions In Courtyard

Much Ornamental Work To Appreciate

Much Ornamental Work To Appreciate

MuiMui Completely Covered From The Dirt

MuiMui Completely Covered From The Dirt

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb

Design

Design

MuiMui

MuiMui

Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple

Girl With Beautiful Blue Eyes

Girl With Beautiful Blue Eyes

Kids Playing Outside Of Mosque

Kids Playing Outside Of Mosque

Local Shop Owner

Local Shop Owner

Frenchie & Me

Frenchie & Me

What We Paid: INR USD Euro
– Train from Varanasi to New Delhi in 2nd class sleeper with AC 1045/pp 23.65 16.20
– Private double room at My Inn [private bathroom, AC, free wifi] 600/double 13.5 9
– Lunch @ Udipi South Indian Food restaurant 25/pp 0.55 0.40
– Lunch @ Sarvana Bhawan South Indian chain restaurant 90/pp 2 1.4
– Dinner 80/pp 1.8 1.2
– Coffee in the street 10 0.22 0.15
– 1L water bottle 10 0.22 0.15
– 10 minutes on an auto rickshaw 25/ride 0.56 0.38
– Entrance to Jama Masjid Mosque 0 0 0
– Camera fee @ Jama Masjid Mosque 200 4.5 3
– Entrance to the tower @ Jama Masjid Mosque 100/pp 2.25 1.52
– Entrance @ Red Fort 250/pp 5.6 3.8
– Entrance @ Humayun’s Tomb 250/pp 5.6 3.8

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Argentina: The Hip City of Buenos Aires

By , January 10, 2011 11:35 pm
Diego Maradona, Their National Icon

Diego Maradona, Their National Icon

Buenos Aires at first sight reminded us of Paris with its large avenues and European architecture, so it’s no wonder it is known as the most European city in South America.

Interesting Roof

Interesting Roof

Walking Tour

Walking Tour

Moulin Building

Moulin Building

From the airport, a cheap 2-hour ride into the city allowed us to see the different neighborhoods. It was only exploring the locations by foot that got us to see the vast differences from one neighborhood to the next. In San Telmo, we got some tango with our cup of afternoon coffee in Plaza Dorrego. In Palermo, shopping and eating were the only things on our agenda. In Boca, graffiti was the highlight. Finally, our walking tour through the center of the city left us breathless for its beauty and for how much walking we did.

Free Tango At Plaza Dorrego

Free Tango At Plaza Dorrego

Boca Neighborhood

Boca Neighborhood

Colorful Buildings

Colorful Buildings

Graffiti Art

Graffiti Art

Without a doubt, the Recoleta Cemetery is an awkward attraction where it feels like you are house hunting, but for a mausoleum.

Cemetery Right In The City

Cemetery Right In The City

Very Exclusive

Very Exclusive

House Or Mausoleum?

House Or Mausoleum?

During our 5 days in Buenos Aires, we probably had beef or lamb every single day. Most of the time, you can get an excellent piece of meat for less than $10. For our rare or medium-rare eaters readers, you need to explicitly say that you like blood since they tend to overcook the meat. We also fancied the pizzas (and the ridiculous amount of cheese they put on them) and ice cream!

Dining With Amy

Dining With Amy

Which Cut Looks Good

Which Cut Looks Good

Must Try Ice Cream In BA

Must Try Ice Cream In BA

There was so much in this one city to explore that we could use another trip back.

Thank you to our pretty awesome friend, Amy, for joining us in Bariloche and Buenos Aires!

Amy & Boris Exploring The City

Amy & Boris Exploring The City

Modern Building

Modern Building

Teatro Colon

Teatro Colon

We Got Standing Seats For Camerata Bariloche

We Got Standing Seats For Camerata Bariloche

Wicked Trees In The Park

Wicked Trees In The Park

Mercado de San Telmo

Mercado de San Telmo

Antique Market

Antique Market

Group Dinner With New Friends

Group Dinner With New Friends

Ceiling Decor Inside Restaurant

Ceiling Decor Inside Restaurant

Savoy Hotel: Albert Einstein Stayed Here & We Did Too

Savoy Hotel: Albert Einstein Stayed Here & We Did Too

America Del Sur Hostel

America Del Sur Hostel

Beets Risotto

Beets Risotto

Fish Special Of The Day

Fish Special Of The Day

Ribs

Ribs

Pizza

Pizza

MuiMui At The Evita Museum

MuiMui At The Evita Museum

Underground Milongas At La Catedral

Underground Milongas At La Catedral

What We Paid: Argentine
Pesos
USD Euro
– Visa fee for US passport holders 140/pp 35.25 27.25
– Local Bus From Airport To Center [2-hours] 2/pp 0.50 0.40
– Taxi From Center To Airport 110 27.70 21.40
– Subway Or Bus 1.10/pp 0.30 0.25
– America del Sur Hostel [4-beds per room, super clean & trendy, great location, free wifi, free breakfast, great staff, highly recommend] 55/pp 13.85 10.70
– Entrance to La Catedral For Underground Tango 15/pp 3.80 2.90
– Average Meal 30/pp 7.50 6
– Dinner Splurge 150/pp 37.75 29.20

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Guangzhou and Samsui: Visiting MuiMui’s Birthplace

By , September 15, 2010 4:20 pm
MuiMui In Front Of Her Very First House

MuiMui In Front Of Her Very First House

My parents are originally from the south of China and they left shortly after I was born. This is their first trip back since they immigrated to the United States so it’s been over 25 years! We flew from Shanghai to Guangzhou and while in the cab ride to the hotel, my parents were astonished how much the city has changed.
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Bangkok: Our Return

By , August 8, 2010 4:58 am

During our first visit to Bangkok, we were not that impressed with the city and it was partly due to the heat rash I got. Giving things (and people) a second chance is a philosophy we have adopted.

This time around, we stayed with our friends, Noel and Wan, who graciously invited us to their home. We were definitely in a different part of town. Everything was new. There were huge shopping malls and public transportation all around us.

Pool access during our stay

With shopping as a definite must do in Bangkok, Boris and I visited the famous Chatuchak weekend market. It’s known for its size and having lots of selection. After walking around for a few hours, we were overwhelmed by the number of shops and the heat. It was a sad day as I returned home empty handed.

Chatuchak Market

When our friend, Wan, learned about our shopping experience, she demanded to bring us to a better place. We went to a local shopping mall and I wanted to buy everything! It was great to hang out with girls for a change and to come home with goodies.

MuiMui's shopping crew

Our food court experience is also worth mentioning. Upon arrival, we put money on a shopping card. As I walked around food heaven looking at the delicious noodles, fresh drinks, and desserts, I just charged whatever I wanted to eat. At the end, we had money left over on our card so we cashed out. It was simple and fun.

Our grand local experience came when we took a break from eating out and cooked at home. Wan taught me to make pad see ew. She walked me through the steps but she was the master chef who did the actual cooking. We completely devoured the dish; it was pure deliciousness.

Homemade Pad See Ew

Thank Noel and Wan for your hospitality. We love Bangkok!

Wan And Noel

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