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  • Asia 2009: Day 8 (At Sea)

    Posted on October 17th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    After a day in South Korea, the ms Volendam set sail for China.  Here are just a few photos from the “sea day” between Korea and China.

  • Asia 2009: Day 7 (Pusan)

    Posted on October 13th, 2009 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Pusan (also known as Busan) is the second largest city in South Korea.  It’s also one of the world’s busiest ports. Today we visited a fish market, a shopping street (which left much to be desired), and Beomeosa Temple.  The city wasn’t terribly exciting, though the never-ending rows of skyscrapers might be a preview of what’s to come in Hong Kong.

    Tomorrow is a sea day to prepare for three busy days in China.

  • Asia 2009 (Day 6): Nagasaki

    Posted on October 13th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    I didn’t know much about Nagasaki prior to our arrival, other than what happened there on an August morning in 1945. We saw plenty of memorials related to that event, but the city was also quite nice. Decent English signage, helpful people, and beautiful surroundings. Looking at the city from the deck of the ship, it was hard to visualize what it must have looked like almost 65 years ago.

  • Asia 2009 (Day 5): First 24 hrs on the Volendam

    Posted on October 13th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    Here are some highlights from the first 24 hours on board the Volendam, as we sailed from Kobe to Nagasaki.

  • Asia 2009: Day 3 (Kyoto)

    Posted on October 9th, 2009 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    What more can you say about Kyoto? It’s an amazing city. At first it seems like just another big city, but almost everywhere you turn you find a temple, shrine, or park. And I only saw part of the city.  Here are the photos from my first day in Kyoto:

  • Asia Trip 2009: Day 2 / Part 2 (Nara)

    Posted on October 9th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    On our first full day in Japan, we headed out to the country, to the town of Nara. We visited Deer Park, a Buddhist Temple, and a Shinto Shrine.  After lunch I wandered around on my own, getting a bit lost in the process. While there is some English here and there, navigating both Nara and Kyoto on my own was challenging.

  • Asia 2009 – Day 2 / Part 1 (Morning in Osaka)

    Posted on October 8th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    After a difficult night trying to sleep, I woke up and saw gloomy skies, and hundreds of suit-clad men and women streaming toward the office buildings that surround the hotel. I had an American-style breakfast and went outside for a few minutes, before we got on the bus to Nara.

  • Asia 2009 – Day 1 (Off to Osaka)

    Posted on October 7th, 2009 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    My first day was almost two days long.  My flight left SFO at 11:15am and we arrived in Osaka at 3pm JST, which is 11pm back home.  I then stayed up an additional 5 hours and then had a difficult time sleeping. We arrived at the same time as a typhoon, though it didn’t seem that bad, at least from my room in the amazing Imperial Hotel Osaka.

    I didn’t get to see much of the city, but what I did see reminded me of Blade Runner. Lots of tall buildings, elevated roads, and neon. In some places the roads were three levels high — amazing for earthquake country.