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So, I've made my peace with my inability to post in a coherent order. ;)

On my flight from New York (of which there are no pics because, really, after 5 times or so in 2 years there is just nothing fascinating about the Big Apple anymore -- I'm looking forward to going back in 5 years or so to see what has changed) to Singapore, I had two layovers. So I spent a couple of hours in Alaska (where I bought the absolute best fastfood ever. If you know me and my love for fish and for beef jerky, you can imagine the heaven I was in), and then 10 hours in... Taipei, Taiwan.

Of course, 10 hours is too long to be spent only at an airport, and fortunately the tourism office offered a free city tour. Sadly, I had to pick the morning version, which led to some temple (sorry if this sounds disrespectful but it was really nothing special, even for the Taiwanese...) and a pottery street. But, hey, a free tour is better than wasting 10 hours online (again, free internet in Taipei... Asian airports are really growing on me), right? So here are some pictures of a very grey and rainy day.



As for my further travels, this is the itinerary so far:
June 20: Cambodia
June 25: Bangkok, Thailand
June 29: Burma/Myanmar
July 15: Bangkok
July 16: Southern Thailand
July 20: Malaysia
July 24: Singapore
July 27: Germany

I must say that I feel very iffy about not having booked any hostels but apparently just showing up and ask for a bed is the way to do it in South East Asia. And, you know, when in Rome...
I'm looking forward to go see all these places, although people keep warning me of the utter poverty I will be faced with on a daily basis and the stares Caucasians get in the hinterlands. And malaria, of course... yikes.
My very own concern is my very sensitive stomach which already reacts unhappy to Singaporean food. Really, I love all kinds of Asian food, especially Thai and Chinese, my Western body does not agree with the massive intake of noodles, fish sauce and meat.

So, yup, this is it. I would have more things to say. You know, besides pictures. For some reason, whenever I'm doing other stuff, like waiting at the bus stop, swimming or walking to school, I have these great ideas for blog entries, videos or fic. Like today, when I mused over the narrowmindedness of the LGBT community and... well, maybe I'll bother you sometime later with my thoughts. ;)
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Nice pics. And sounds like a very cool trip yet to come.

Just sorry I missed you in NYC.

I thought actual Asian food used less meat than North American food. At least, that's what they keep telling me (there have been a few stories recently about, for example, how the economic downturn may affect our eating habits).

I would, in fact, be interested in your thoughts on the LGBT community (and, I'm assuming, a very ironic unwillingness to accept people with ideas and inclinations outside the rigidly established norm - or something like that).

Yeah, I'm sad I missed you, too - but, ya know, there's always a next time. :)

And... I guess your prototypical Asian dish does contain less meat. However, good vegetarian dishes are hard to come by (and just not very yummy), so virtually every meal consists of rice/noodle, veggies and meat. I have by no means lived like a vegetarian in Europe/Canada, but I've had days without no meat whatsoever. And, of course, the food here is so much better, so I tend to eat larger portion sizes... ;)

And yup, I will post on the issue I mentioned. And you hit exactly the topic that sparked my interest for another post... 'cause, you know, there's only black and white straight and queer in life, isn't there? ;)

I feel like I should have tried harder to see you while you were at least on the same continent. But I didn't want to press, didn't want to make you feel obligated. And, of course, there were always circumstances and practicalities making things difficult on both sides. ... Ah well. Spilled milk, I suppose.

Thanks for clearing thing up about the food.

Looking forward to your post, when it's ready.

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