Friday, September 17, 2021

Eating the Globe: Angola

This was a simple dish-- papayas, port wine, lime, black pepper. It took me a while to prepare it because I never buy papayas and have not had port wine in years. 

Africa: Algeria, Angola, Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vatican City
North America: Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga

Sunday, September 12, 2021

New York City dollar vans

I had no idea this informal transport system existed.

I am going to read this article!

Shining Path leader finally dead at 86

Guzman died in prison yesterday. In high school and college, I thought the Shining Path was the cruelest and most dangerous organization in the world. One of my college TAs was in Peru doing research on them in the 80s and 90s. This morning, I Googled her, found out she is a professor at the University of Georgia, and emailed her with the news. 

Anyway, while reading up on him, I learned that their deadliest bombing was in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima in 1992. 

When I was in Lima in 2010 and 2018, I stayed in Miraflores. It's a nice and safe neighborhood with cool shops and great eateries. I wish I had known about its history and paid my respects at the bombing site.

Here is a map of the area. A shows the hotel where I stayed both times. B is Wong supermarket (kind of like Carrefour), where I bought all my provisions for my bus trips. C is Haiti Cafe, where I like to have breakfast. And D is the bombing site.

9/11 + 20 years

I spent the day thinking about how the attack changed America, Iraq, and Afghanistan forever. And I saw a lot of tacky marketing from burrito restaurants to mortgage brokers. I thought I had seen everything, but no.

Here is a photo of a UPS guy still working after the attack.

And this is an incredible story of 500,000 people who were evacuated from Lower Manhattan by boats on 9/11.

Finally, you may remember that my friend Steve escaped the attack. He lives with PTSD every day and he shared his battle with his demons here.

Percentage of population with unfavorable views of China (2019)

Friday, September 03, 2021

So far this year, 64,000 migrants have crossed the Darien Gap

Story with photos here.

ANA kabuki safety video

Beautiful and creative. H/t @rchen.

Humvee in South Lake Tahoe/Stateline

I'm considering using this photo as the banner for my blog. Our dystopian!