Saturday, October 7, 2017

Desolate landscapes

Iceland is cold, desolate, and largely treeless, covered in lava rocks and blackness.
We saw a geyser (humans shown for scale).
And a waterfall.
But my favourite thing was the lava fields covered in moss.
Your feet sink in like a shag carpet. Mine at confusing angles.
Barry was less keen on this post-Armageddon style landscape at first.
Speaking of desolate, it was 12C and chilly in mid-summer.
We kept warm near the geothermal activity.
But even that is a big haunty-creepy.

Friday, September 29, 2017

In the Airport with Zombies Cat

I had some time to kill in the Shanghai airport, which is apparently not without hazards.
Indeed, in China the cabbies are encased in plexiglass to avoid assault.
But that's ok, because you can eat delicious duck snacks: necks, feet, tongues and more, dried and bagged to snack on the plane.
You can go to the Acting restaurant and eat this along with some wife cake.
But afterwards, you have to find a working tap. This "facility does not work because of its malfunction".
My favourite airport find was Zombies Cat.
"The zombies cat is a friend of human with positive energy. It can beat all the negative things in the daily and it can protect you from nightmares. We promise that zombies cat is the most loyal friend of you."
Oh, and rare find. In China, a shirt that says "Environmental Protecting"! I think it's meant to be hipster-ironic.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Elephants, Hockey and Snow White

It's Deepavali time, so we get new elephants in little India!
Barry still claims to be afraid of elephants.
This is some kind of elephant umbrella art, in a back alley with minimal art-appreciating traffic, I'm afraid.
While I got my medicure and panicure, Barry went shopping.
He found a lot of Canadian content.
Sadly the Habs shirt didn't fit.
In kids clothes, there was the sky bus.
There was "I heart the rack",
And "It looks like itsgoing to be a wonderful weekand" USA Sporting.
But the best was Snow White's "I love post man sent you a".

Bizarre Bhutan

This is the palace of Bhutan, where the government makes up unusual laws. One such law is there's no alcohol on Tuesdays, and no one warned us.
Every day at work and while playing archery, Bhutanese are required to wear their traditional dress, shown here. They somehow can aim arrows across the length of a football field and not hit their friends. 
Bhutan qualified for the Olympics team once, but didn't win because the distance wasn't ridiculous enough for them.
We got to try, and you can see our guide's shock when Barry hit the much closer target.
There's quite a lot of Buddhism, and we learned who all of these deities were, but I mainly remembered that none were women.
Then we went to the paper "factory".
We bought some of their high tech wares.
The food in Bhutan is unusual, and challenging for the tourist to access. The national dish is chilies with cheese. Modern places have replaced local cheese with plasticky velveeta.
We went to the market to learn more.
Here, they have very hard rock cheese, which you soften in your mouth to eat.
Evidently, this takes all day, or there's something wrong with my mouth.
The best food is momos, which Barry learned to make here.
Apparently we made our skins too thick, but they were pretty delicious!
To help you enjoy to road and the scenery, Bhutan has unusual road signs.
After all that driving, time for a traditional very hot rock bath. We found that the prison-like atmosphere cut into the relaxation somewhat.