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A Day in the Park

Posted by Megan Roney on Monday, July 25, 2011, In : Sight Seeing 

After spending the majority of the past week confined to either the hotel or the theatre across the street, Jarred and I ventured out on our first official day off to see a bit more of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  We didn’t want to wander too far, as we were still feeling the effects of last night’s round of caipirinhas, Brazil’s official cocktail made with lime juice, sugar and a Brazilian distilled liquor called cachaca. 


 

Luckily about five or six blocks from our hotel we stumbled upon D...


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"It's a beautiful day in Nagoya," announced the lamp post!

Posted by Megan Roney on Saturday, March 27, 2010, In : Sight Seeing 
It's my first full day in Japan.  And as a combination of jet lag and the sun's brilliant light wakes me up in country's own version of the Motor City, Nagoya, I feel inspired to explore the area.  Armed with my camera, sunglasses and a light jacket, I head out the door of Tokyu Hotel.  



As I walk along litter free sidewalks crowded with business men and women on their morning commutes, I hear an woman's voice overpowering the sound of traffic, warbling loudly in rapid Japanese.  I soon discov...
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Bus(t)ing Through Moscow

Posted by Megan Roney on Saturday, January 2, 2010, In : Sight Seeing 
Everyone is looking forward to enjoying our day off today in Moscow.  Especially since our kind security team has organized a bus tour of the city.  Cruising the streets of Moscow in the comfort of a heated bus sounds ideal!  

After pilfering a sack lunch from the hotel's continental breakfast, Chris and I head to the lobby with our cameras and notebooks in hand.  Once we've all assembled, Tatiyana (our Russian tour guide) leads us to the purple coach bus we'll be traveling in for the day.

We s...

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Finding Happiness in the Tretyakov Gallery

Posted by Megan Roney on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, In : Sight Seeing 


 A generous dose of Xanax is highly recommended for anyone wishing to visit the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia.  Among the themes featured in the Russian art are disease, flooding, derelict architecture, drowning, war casualties, funeral processions, and death in general.  One especially uplifting image entitled "Inconsolable Grief" depicts a widow dressed in black holding a handkerchief to her mouth to stifle back tears as she adds yet another bouquet of lilies to the blooming collectio...
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Do hermits live at the Hermitage???

Posted by Megan Roney on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, In : Sight Seeing 

The first night after I arrived in Russia, I slept like a baby through the night.  Unfortunately, ever since then, bedtime has been a different story.  Last night I forced myself to stay awake until 11:00 pm, and drifted to sleep, which I enjoyed until the ripe ol’ hour of 3:00 am.  Hooray for jet lag.  Actually, as annoying as it is, being awake for hours on end does have it’s advantages. 

For example, this morning, after lying in bed with my eyes permanently fixed open, I decided to ...


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I wish I could blend in, but I just don't have that harsh sexiness going for me.

Posted by Megan Roney on Friday, December 11, 2009, In : Sight Seeing 

Alongside an article in The St. Petersburg Times describing the death and destruction of a fire at a local nightclub ignited due to negligence of fire safety rules during a pyrotechnics show, I read about a movement started by a former St. Petersburg cop to expose corruption in the Russian police force.  Alexei Dymovsky release a You Tube video in which he speaks out against police quotas for prosecutions, and low wages, which he says ultimately leads to evidence fabrication and police abus...


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Special Surprises in Tianjin

Posted by Megan Roney on Monday, December 7, 2009, In : Sight Seeing 

Today is our first day in Tianjin.  Eger to explore, I bug Chris as she unpacks her suitcase to leave everything in reckless abandon and walk around the city in search of adventure.  For the first half an hour or so after the hotel staff hands us our room key, Chris likes to organize her toiletries in the bathroom, arrange her snacks on top of the TV and acquaint herself with the little room we’ll call home for the next week. 

I, on the other hand, consider myself domesticated if I de...


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Pandamonium

Posted by Megan Roney on Monday, November 30, 2009, In : Sight Seeing 

As I ventured out this morning, bound for the Beijing Zoo, I committed the ultimate of travel blunders here in China.  I took an absolutely ridiculous route to get where I was going, only to realize there was a much simpler way to go once I arrived.  In an act of what I can only guess was an inability for my body and mind to wake up, I rode the subway for about ten more stops than necessary, which honestly was quite enjoyable.  The Beijing Subway is in immaculate condition.  

I guess ...


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Scaling the Wall

Posted by Megan Roney on Sunday, September 20, 2009, In : Sight Seeing 

  

I could feel the sun’s intensity pierce through the thick folds of the course coach window curtain, and knew that the SPF 55 I’d slathered on earlier that morning just wasn’t going to cut it.  In defeat I pulled the curtain aside to reveal the lush countryside of Beijing’s outskirts.  As the bus climbed higher and higher up Yanshan mountain, my anticipation spiked as well.  In about a half an hour I’d be walking along the Middle Kingdom’s ultimate defense structure, the G...


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Deep-Rooted Tradition

Posted by Megan Roney on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, In : Sight Seeing 

On every street corner you can spot him.  His eternal smile finds you from nearly every inch of the Peoples Square. And just when you think you’ve escaped his Gumby-like figure, a street peddler accosts you, shoving a stuffed, blue toy of his likeness in your face.  He is the face behind the slogan, “Better city, better life”.  He is the mascot of the 2010 World Expo, Haibao. 

 

With all the world’s eyes on Shanghai next year, great efforts have been taken to live up to the...


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About Me


Megan After a while of traveling in foreign countries, you begin to realize that it's not just your luggage that can get lost. When you don't speak the language, you loose your ability to speak. If you can't decipher the written word, you loose your ability to read. And if you can't read the signs to know where you're going, you yourself can get lost. It can be a bit overwhelming, and at times humiliating, but I'm sure even Odysseus experienced frustration on his adventurous travels. This blog is my account of my travels. Hopefully, my blunders will assure others that they are not the only ones lost in translation.
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