I just want his job.
second week in hawaii, three more to go.
so far i've spent a week each in kauai and the big island. some wild trails and water caves there! and of course beautiful landscapes. i just got to oahu yesterday and will spend around 10 days here before going back to kauai again. i still don't have an itinerary but will probably start with the north shore today and tomorrow.
Sounds great Orbit. I have never been to Hawaii. Hopefully you have some pictures to share.
I just got a text from my roommate who is sitting in a bar in Dublin drinking Guinness after spending a few days camping at the cold and rainy Oxegen music fest. Needless to say i'm jealous.
I'll be there in November though. I'm wondering how smart a trip to the Cliffs of Moher will be in November. Mpeezy?
have you been to salzburg before? we stayed right on the river there, such a beautiful place! def. gotta walk through the gardens where "sound of music" filmed. we never made it up to the castle, but just walking some of those narrow old streets was amazing, seeing mozart's birthplace and childhood home was a nice time, too.
in vienna we spent a day in the park, found a little outdoor stage where a string quartet was warming up for a performance later in the day. had a few drinks and some ice cream while we sat and pondered what to do next...which ended up being a tour of the catacombs at st. stephen's catherdral, f'ing amazing.
damn, i miss europe! eveything is still so vivid even though it was 7 years ago. so grateful for the gift my dad gave my sister and i back at christmas of '01. Sent us there for 2 months all expenses paid...which tuned into almost 3 months. left august 20th, 2002 and came home november 11th. then it was straight into the hospital because i was sick as shit. my doctors were freaked out because i had lost over 20 pounds since i had last seen them. i told them it was fine, it was due to walking 10-15 miles a day for 3 months!
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Yes, Tony and the Saudi lady ate in a both with doors on it. She explained the seperation quite well I thought too. She saw it more as the single men being isolated in the society.
And you didn't enjoy Marseilles? Did you get pickpocketted and thats why you didn't like it? Or was it other things about the city? Because I have been looking into stuff to do and at the city in general and it looks both gorgeous and fun. We were thinking of going to Nice then to Marsaille, but we aren't exactly sure. We have to check rail prices.
And where is Gordes? Is it anywhere near Marsailles?
czech rep. - prague is amazing to just walk around in. the old town square, st. charles bridge, prague castle stand out in my mind. also got some new ink there to commemorate my journey. funnily enough i met up with my sister a week later and she had gotten a tattoo at the exact same shop just a few days before me.
hungary - hmm, not much stands out to me right now about budapest. stayed in an amazing hostel called the citadel which dates back to 1851 and was was built by the ruling family of the time to demonstrate their control over the Hungarians. it is at the top of an 800 foot hill with amazing views of the city and old cold war era canons outside. a huge firework display happened one night along the danube while i was staying there, it was beautiful.
switzerland - didn't spend too much time there because of the exchange rate, but all of our time was spent in interlaken, where you are surrounded by the alps. during a 2 day stretch there we went skydiving(jumped out of a helicopter after flying up over a glacier) and whitewater rafting and it was intense(fuckin' kiwi's are nuts!). if you have ever wanted to do either and you end up there then do it because it is such an amazing setting. on the plus side, too? lots of weed around...amazing hiking, as well.
austria - def. salzburg and vienna
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re: germany 2 week trip
i've only been to switzerland of those countries. if you go to zurich, have something to do. i mean, i had fun wandering around for the 2 days i was there (and mainly there to rest between cities for travel), but that'll get old after a few hours. the train rides are beautiful though.
also, keep it simple. don't plan to go to too many cities or you'll get tired pretty quick. or you'll feel like you missed out on something. switzerland is a beautiful & diverse country that deserves it's own trip. even with one week, i felt rushed and i only went to two cities. i'm very glad i didn't try to hop to italy at all as i would have been too exhausted to enjoy it.
have a safe journey
Firstly, the woman in question has a status that is a bit different than usual. She is US born and mostly grew up here. I've always heard from Muslim friends (Saudis, Kuwaitis, & Emiratis) that western women are given more lenience, in some ways they are treated "male-like" (mostly when the woman is involved in business, as it facilitates the business relationship). It seems like the women more than the men look down on these women though, it's considered not to be feminine, and the husband would considered to be emasculated by the behavior.
Secondly, she is in the entertainment business herself (a film producer) and is the only film company to NOT be required to have male oversight. This goes along with what I said above, allegedly once a woman has "male" like status in business, she is not required to follow all customs so closely.
She was never cavorting with a single man, either, Tony is married. (Sadly!)
I think the episode was carefully filmed. Women are supposed to be more guarded around males when unaccompanied by male relatives. Most of the scenes we saw, the woman was surrounded by her family. In the very few scenes where she was not filmed with her family, she was much more reserved. We also do not know what was off frame (such as having a chaperone on the set but not on film).
Maybe people are just shocked to see Muslims joking, speaking as openly as we would, entertaining both males and females with their family? I'm not sure why. I would guess it's just that most people in this country have never known anyone who is Muslim, so their assumptions are based on a few clips from the news. This doesn't truly reflect all the people or Muslim cultures. (I'm sure you can appreciate that other countries get a poor opinion of the US, too, based on selectively shown news clips).
Just as there are Christians who are moderate and those who are very strict in their observance, so are Muslims. The difference really is how closely one takes to heart the covenants of their religious laws and whether one can be punished for breaking those laws. A large part of the US is Christian and their beliefs in terms of moral behavior are not really that different -- it's just that we can't be severely punished for partaking.
FWIW, most muslims I have met, that are younger, they do the same things we do, sometimes they drink, curse, try drugs, date, have sex. They do worry about consequences (both the obvious physical ones and the legal ones) and most think their behavior is "bad" and behave a lot differently when in their home countries than when in non-Muslim ones.
Even the older Muslims I've know, while not indulging in that kind of behavior, were very moderate and not judgmental at all towards others who do not share their beliefs. It's been explained well several times, they live where they live because they want to follow the laws - because they believe in them and believe it guides proper behavior. Obviously this only speaks to people who can afford to leave if they want -- but I can't tell you how many people -- women in particular -- I've known who very willingly went back to the Middle East after experiencing their "freedom" here. They did not feel oppressed by the laws regarding women. It's just how it is, since it's what they expect, they don't feel they're unnecessary. *shrug*
Yeesh, I didn't realize I was writing a book there.
That was great though Heidi. Thank you for the insight on her background as well. I was curious about all the same things and found the episode really interesting. I like how Tony went into the whole thing by looking at it as a challenge and being skeptical and giving us insight to how liberal he is as well.
Some of my favorite parts of No Reservations are the uncomfortable moments and the misunderstandings. I watch a lot of facial expressions and sometimes Anthony's jokes don't seem to go over well or something. It's a really interesting show to watch and one of the better ones on TV these days.
I didn't get pickpocketed or anything in Marseilles. but it is the Newark of France. except unlike Newark it has amazing stuff nearby. I like Nice. Nice is nice. but get up into the Provence countryside for the real great shit. Gordes is a small Provencal village in the Luberon that is what they call a 'village perché' -- a small village that sits on top of a steep hill. It is about 20 miles east of Avignon.
yes the real thing would be with Dave & Ranking both will all original members including "Saxa" who I hear has health problems. I still don't understand why RICO RODRIGUEZ or DICK CUTHELL aren't playing with the Specials? I suspect it could be a Jerry Dammers thing.
I think when I go to Ireland i'm going to do this day trip thing. It looks pretty cool. It includes seeing Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway rail tour. It departs around 7:00AM and returns around 8:50PM and looks stunning. It's only $150 and seems well worth it. I'm hearing mixed things about Brussels at this point too so i'm not sure i'm gonna eat the $30 I spent on my RT ticket to there or not. The big obstacle is the 7:00AM flight times going there and coming back. I think that would mean heading to the airport in Burssels by 4-4:30am for the return since the airport is so far.
Surfing Munich style:
Dachau: "Work Makes You Free"
Im in London now. Have been here 2 nights. Its great so far. There is so much to see. I am seeing The Specials tomorrow and am very excited. Almost missed my connection flight to London though and am having a hard time with jet lag, but no bigge. Im staying with Chris, sonofhal, too and he has been awesome. Very helpful. Anyways, I will probably be going to bed soon. It feels good to be here though.
guess the lead singer is sick.
ok thats just bullshit. have a great time in London. I don't remember it much as its been years since I've been, but the crown jewels/Tower of London was pretty memorable. How much is a cup of coffee there now?
Then I will hold you down and spit her percolations all over you until you're as greasy as the day she regrets pushing your big fat ass out her big fat cunt.
Hey Josh. have a blast.
ps the jetlag will be even worse coming home.
Great to hear from you Josh. Enjoy! Can't wait to see some pictures.
Tom, I looked at your pictures. Fuck you. They are beautiful. The second Salzburg photo is fantastic.
It looks like i'm scratching Brussels of the list as I'm going to hit Scotland while in Ireland. I didn't want to pass up seeing Rodrigo y Gabriela in Glasgow. I may still do a day in another country depending on finances but i'm going to really soak in the Irish glory as I assume this will be my last visit there for a while as I have so many other places in the world I wish to see.