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May 1st 2009 1:01PM me.
Mar 31st 2009 11:45AM Par
Jan 7th 2009 2:09PM If this is a Top Chef ripoff does that make top chef a Cooking Under Fire ripoff?
Oct 7th 2008 1:29PM I feel like I've really missed something not having seen more of Europe, and this would be a great opportunity. I've heard a lot about Amsterdam, and would love to get to know the city and eat the food.
Jul 22nd 2008 7:50PM Suriname. Considering ethnic and cultural background of the population (East Indian, West African, Javanese, Chinese, Dutch, Jewish, Brazilian, and of course the Suriname native population), you get an amazing exotic blend of cuisines. Its also less often frequented by (English speaking) tourists, so it's something that would be genuinely new to a lot of people.
Jun 8th 2008 12:53PM "The machines must be doing some good where they are being used already, one would hope, since TSA is springing for more of them."
HAHAHA. Yeah, right.
The TSA is one of the most backwards, illogical organizations imaginable. Inferring anything from their actions is pretty much pointless.
May 5th 2008 4:08PM Oh, I'd visit my buddy in San Diego. thats an easy one.
Aug 3rd 2007 10:52AM "..buses in Thailand are like Buckingham Palace compared to buses in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam."
Haha, I hear that. Actually, I had pretty good luck in Vietnam. We paid a little extra, and got some first class for our trip between Ho Chi Minh and Hoi An. That trip took about 23 hours so it was a bit more than an overnight bus. Relatively uneventful, except for some fantastic pit stops and cool people on the bus.
Cambodia is pretty crazy. We took a bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Its about 200 miles and is supposed to take 6 hours on a good day (ours took more like 8). That ride was a little hotter, but again there are some nice pit stops (Spidertown anyone?)
As for Laos, these have to be the worst buses. Even the buses in cambodia are at least less than 20 years old. The buses in Laos on the other hand were 35 at best. I'm not one to get motion sick, but on the ride between Louang Namtha and Louang Prabang, it took a tremendous mental effort to keep my stomach contents on the inside. Between the incredibly windy roads, and the Lao custom of not putting forth a "tremendous mental effort to keep your stomach contents on the inside", thats not a very easy task. By the end of the ride the bus had a brand new paint job below the windows as provided by most of the passengers. Despite that experience, the beauty of the countryside was not lost on me. We passed some of the most amazing vistas in SE Asia.
And Thailand. We only had one ride (this time a night bus) that is worth comment. It was the bus ride from the Lao border (Friendship Bridge) to Bangkok. The bus driver, bless his heart, decided to make the ride to Bangkok a race with one of the other buses on the road. He took it very seriously too, weaving around traffic, and pushing the bus as fast as it would go. To make matters even more exciting, this was a double decker, with all the tourists on the top deck, this just exaggerated the sway as the bus dogged cars. I didn't have a very hard time with this all, but my traveling partner sure did, and so did many of the other passengers, including the few that went down to yell at the bus driver. And do you think I'm exaggerating about making it a race? We were supposed to get in at 7AM, but ended up arriving at 3AM instead.
I'd also add China to some of the best (and worse) buses around. First class is great, anything less and you are in trouble, especially if you are taller than 6'.
Jul 24th 2007 6:02PM nice
Jul 24th 2007 6:01PM First off, I think we should all be a bit careful taking our news from the New York Post, I mean....really!
News source aside, if you watch the show, it becomes quite clear that portions of it must be staged. For example, in the Alaska episode when his boat "suddenly" starts sinking....
I think thats fine, though. Doing the things that are done on that show in an uncontrolled environment are downright reckless, expert or not.
If they take 10 days to film an episode, but only have him spend a 2 or 3 nights in the wild. Filming the rest in smaller segments, and stitching it together for and illusion of continuity, i really don't see a problem with that. The information conveyed is still good.