Sunday, May 27, 2018

Eating the Globe: Guyana


With the jar of casareep (cassava extract) that I bought, I made pepper pot. It's a meat stew with sugar, orange peel, cinnamon, and cloves. It came out really sweet. Too sweet. The recipe says because casareep is a preservative, I don't have to refrigerate the meat stew for up to two weeks! Perfect for the tropics, I guess.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Falcon market and camel race in Qatar

I'm having a great time vicariously traveling to the Arabian Peninsula via a travel guide and YouTube.


Just look at all those Land Cruisers following the camels along the 8 km track! Thank goodness they replaced the Bangladeshi children with robot camel jockeys.

Surprise 2nd Inter-Korean summit

There is no sound to this video.

Check out South Korea's motorcade!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Three places to visit in Kuwait

From this tourist's point of view, Kuwait has a few more noteworthy places to visit than Bahrain. I found these in my guidebook.

1. Kuwait Towers.


The Scandinavian-designed towers are actually useful. The middle tower contains equipment to power the other two. The left tower's sphere stores water. The top sphere of the right tower is a restaurant. The top half of the bottom sphere of the right tower contains a restaurant, reception hall, and cafe. The bottom half of the bottom sphere of the right tower also stores water.


2. The bridge to nowhere


Bubiyan is a marshy, uninhabited island. But Iraq and Iran both claim it. So Kuwait spent a lot of money building a bridge to nowhere.


3. Al-Qurain Martyr's Museum

This is a shot up building from the Iraqi invasion. Kuwaiti freedom fighters were hiding in the building when Iraqi intelligence attacked. It appears both sides were driving Chevy Caprices.

Friday, May 25, 2018

King Fahd Causeway connecting Saudi Arabia with Bahrain


In 2016, I bought a Lonely Planet travel guide of the Arabian Peninsula. I'm finally reading it. The first chapter is Bahrain. Sectarian and human rights issues aside, it does not have many attractions which pique my interest. The most interesting part of Bahrain is the long causeway that connects it with its giant neighbor.

Here is a time lapsed video:

Here is a propaganda video:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Casareep and pepper pot

I went to a Jamaican market on Sunday, looking for West Indies food. The only non-Jamaican item I found was a bottle of cassareep from Guyana. It's super concentrated cassava and it's used to make a Christmas dish called pepper pot. I'm going to try to make it this weekend.



This is how they make cassareep. Jump to 2:35.

Adnan Khashoggi on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Did everyone enjoy watching the Royal Wedding? I was on Wikipedia and it appears Dodi Fayed's uncle was Adnan Khashoggi! Small world.

Monday, May 21, 2018

50-lane traffic jam in China

Who designed this?!

Florence, Italy, travel advice needed

We are thinking of visiting Florence next January. Has anyone been there? Too cold? Child friendly? Any and all advice appreciated.