I originally started this site as a travel blog but it has since taken on a life of its own and I write about whatever comes to mind. Politics, culture, my experiences around the world and in my own country. Feel free to follow me and leave comments!

Sunday, December 19, 2010


So I made a Flickr account since a lot of people have been pressuring me to get one. I uploaded most of the China pics so if you're interested you can browse them at your leisure. There's some other stuff on there as well. I didn't know that you could only have 200 photos at a time on the basic account so I'll have to delete some of the less cool pics eventually to make room for other stuff. So check it out while you can! Click on the link under 'Other Good Sites' on the side bar. I'll update again soon!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Things to do, people to see

A lot of Americans are fascinated by other countries. Everyone always talks about going to Paris or Berlin or Rome and yes, those are very nice places with a lot of history to them but Americans, and people in general, tend to overlook the special places in there own backyard. I'm from a small town called Beaufort, SC on the east coast of the states that also happens to be one of the oldest settlements in the New World at 400+ years old. And I went to college in Savannah, GA, a nearby city that was just as old. Despite the country's young age (which foreigners always seem to hold over America's heads for some reason) a lot of history has happened here, especially in the south east. French and Indian War, the Revolution, Civil War, Civil Rights Movement. I'm also a big fan of the colonial architecture. Even if most of the houses are rumored to be haunted. One of my favorite stories is about the notorious and bloodthirsty pirate, Blackbeard.

So what if he didn't finish grade school (truth), he still captured more ships and killed more people than you ever could. This guy blockaded one of the most important port cities in the Americas, held the population hostage, made off with a mountain of ransom money and THEN got a royal pardon! If that story doesn't get you some booty then nothing will.

Aside from the usual pirate stories and haunted house tours there are cathedrals and churches, synagogues and citadels, forts and plantations. Personally, I'm a military history nerd so I love checking out the fortress museums. But it's not all about old stuff either. There are at least two art museums in Savannah. One is for modern art and the other is mostly for neo-classic stuff from the late 1800's so there's something for everyone. Check it out if you're in the area!

American Decadence

Here it is. It's hard to tell from the pic but this car was 3 feet off the ground, and no where near as clean as it looks. Absolutely no excuse for the rims and jacked up suspension. I just thought this was interesting. >.<

Saturday, December 11, 2010

So sorry!

Hey cool dudes. I know, I know, I know. I haven't updated in forever. And after I said I would be more dutiful about it. That was my bad. But now I'm out of school and there should be NO excuse for not updating regularly. And I've decided to make this a less focused blog instead of talking all about my travels. Sometimes a guy just feels like telling people what he had for breakfast. You know? I hope it won't get that droll but I'll see what comes up. Lately I've been photographing some of the sights to see around where I live which happens to be one of the oldest settlements in the United States at 400+ years old. And I have my next China trip coming up in February! I'll be gone from Jan. 31 to Feb. 22. And I'll make sure to fully document my time there in words AND in my new camera that I'm getting for Christmas and am not supposed to be aware of. ;) It's mad awesome. It can record HD video and can take panoramic shots. That'll come in handy when I'm at the top of some of those new skyscrapers in Guangzhou.

I just posted some more pics from China since it's been so long after the trip I wouldn't be able to recall in detail everything that happened. Honestly, about a third of the time I was there Juan's male friends and family had me in a drunken stupor. Snake Wine's a hell of a drink! If you're interested in hearing more about living in China and all that good stuff check out some of the blogs I've linked to. Crystal Tao's LoveLoveChina is very interesting and Lao Wai Wen Shen has some good info from an average Joe. And he's into tattoos which is pretty beast. I'll update again soon! Like, tomorrow soon. Peace in the middle east.

China 2010 pics