Silent Sunday




Flying: Is It Worth It?

Here’s a fun comparison of three price points for cross-country flights.

Even though service has gone down, I’ll always love or want to love flying. I’ve been fascinated with air travel for as long as I can remember. I’ve flown Jetblue, but don’t recall all the niceties.

This “Is It Worth It?” series compares budget, midrange and luxury goods and services in an entertaining way. They look at everything from steak to apartments.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows


Sydney, Australia


St. Mary’s Melbourne, Australia


Beijing, China


Eyeglasses are like little windows, China

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Other Posts


Shopping at Shanghai’s Fake Market

How to bargain in Shanghai. He does a good job and you should bargain hard as he does. I much prefer Beijing’s markets, particularly the Pearl Market to where he’s gone.

If you want to see more, check out this one below.

Traditional Chinese Markets

I’ve taken loads of photos of traditional markets in China and I’m sure to post more. This video has a Chinese woman explaining the ins and outs of shopping in these markets.

Apartment Hunting


Of all apartments I was shown, this was the best, which isn’t saying much. It was a 20 minute walk to school.

I can’t get over how the Chinese don’t clean apartments to be shown.




Apartment Hunting in China


Living Room

Here are photos from the best apartment I saw. On this second trip I was finally told that there’s a 50% management fee, high taxes and reasonable feels for utilities.


Entertainment Center, Living Room







Silent Sunday



Sepia Saturday

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Looking out the window.

People of all ages in all eras look pensive as they take in what’s outside.

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Victorian Woman

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Girl, 1943, USA

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Paris, 1963


Poem of the Week


Christina Rossetti
DOES the road wind uphill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.

Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow, dark hours begin.

May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.

Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you waiting at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.

Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.

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