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Amy found the coolest hostel so far in Beijing: Qian Men Hostel. Beats even the one I had 5 years ago. That one was an old double courtyard building (I assumed teared down by now). This one is a double … Continue reading
There are those days were everything goes wrong … First, bad planning: We (Amy, James and me) needed to be at the bus station at 9:00 to get the bus to the factory we try to visit. We wanted to … Continue reading
As said before, the lines at the Expo were crazy. Every Chinese and their grandmothers (and great grandmothers). We had the choice between waiting for hours or pick less popular pavilions. So we managed to only get into buildings of … Continue reading
Crowded! My main impression here at the Expo (for Americans: World Fair). We arrive at opening time (9:00) on a weekday and there was still nothing we could do to avoid the crowds. To get into the quite impressive Chinese … Continue reading
It has been a while since I’ve been in Shanghai. Not since living there in 2005. And I haven’t been in Asia at all since Japan 2007 (which I somehow never got around blogging about). Shanghai suppose to change a … Continue reading
“The basic idea of the Iraq war is that when you got stung by a wasp, the best thing to do it is to search for the wasp nest and hit it really really hard with a stick.” Paraphrasing from … Continue reading
It has been a while since I was in a club in NYC. I mean a real club: electronic music, danceable, with the right crowd and the right place at the right time of the night. The club scene in … Continue reading
Obama became President last week, which is of course a good thing, considering I supported him. It took me a while to get there, though. A short history … I actually didn’t get what people had with him in the … Continue reading
Hedgy: Hey man, what’s up? Investy: Not much, what are you up to? Hedgy: I wanna ask you a favour, actually. Do you see Sue Prime over there? Investy: Yeah, don’t really know her, though. Hedgy: You don’t have to … Continue reading
Four important opinions of average voters that differ from the views of the trained economist. The average voter … Does not understand or appreciates the way markets work (and thus favors regulation and is suspicious of the profit motive) Prefers … Continue reading