Pulpology: Mark & Sonia's Intercontinental Absurdities!


<< August, 2014 >>
SMTWTFS
12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31
Recent Entries
Recent Comments
Re: Wanderfood Wednesday: Epicurean despot (by mark at 5/09 2:16 PM)
Re: Photo Friday: the kids are all right (by sonia at 1/03 11:20 AM)
Re: Photo Friday: the kids are all right (by krakestraw at 12/21 2:30 PM)
Re: Africa Always Wins (by lacyemartini at 11/05 3:01 PM)
Re: Africa Always Wins (by mark at 11/05 12:01 PM)
Re: WanderFood Wednesday: foxy overindulgence in Middleburg (by sonia at 7/18 11:27 AM)
Re: WanderFood Wednesday: foxy overindulgence in Middleburg (by cbheller at 7/18 11:23 AM)
Re: Top of the Loaf, Ma! (by sonia at 5/11 8:30 AM)
Re: Top of the Loaf, Ma! (by mark at 5/10 11:40 AM)
Re: Sugarloaf smooches (by wanderinglaura at 4/25 11:24 AM)
Categories
Ambergris (4) RSS
Atitlan (2) RSS
Beijing (1) RSS
Beirut (1) RSS
Celebrate Joan (11) RSS
Dead Sea (3) RSS
Florence (4) RSS
Guangzhou (1) RSS
Hong Kong (1) RSS
La Fortuna (6) RSS
Malaysia (18) RSS
Petra (5) RSS
San Ignacio (5) RSS
San Jose (2) RSS
Semporna (2) RSS
tours (13) RSS
Vancouver (7) RSS
Alajuela (3) RSS
Amman (2) RSS
Anghiari (2) RSS
Antigua (1) RSS
Arraial do Cabo (3) RSS
Aruba (5) RSS
Assisi (3) RSS
Bangkok (11) RSS
Belize (12) RSS
Borneo (7) RSS
Brazil (19) RSS
Burning Man (28) RSS
Cali 2012 (1) RSS
Cali/Oregon (10) RSS
Caulker (3) RSS
Chicago (4) RSS
Chichicastenango (3) RSS
China (1) RSS
Coban (3) RSS
Colombia (1) RSS
Costa Rica (28) RSS
CouchSurfing (12) RSS
DC (106) RSS
farewells (2) RSS
festivals (46) RSS
Finger Lakes (2) RSS
Frontone (3) RSS
garden (17) RSS
Guatemala (27) RSS
Guatemala City (1) RSS
guest post (8) RSS
Honduras (5) RSS
Italy (33) RSS
Jersey shore (2) RSS
Jordan (8) RSS
Kinabatangan (3) RSS
Kuala Lumpur (2) RSS
Kuching (1) RSS
Le Marche (19) RSS
Lebanon (1) RSS
Livingston (4) RSS
London (3) RSS
Manuel Antonio (2) RSS
Meet Plan Go (17) RSS
Middleburg (1) RSS
Monteverde (6) RSS
Mozambique (13) RSS
Nebaj (2) RSS
Orange Walk (1) RSS
Paris (1) RSS
Penang (5) RSS
Perugia (2) RSS
Philadelphia (1) RSS
Photo Friday (78) RSS
Piobbico (2) RSS
Puerto Viejo (4) RSS
recs (41) RSS
Rio (14) RSS
Rome (1) RSS
San Diego (7) RSS
San Marino (1) RSS
Singapore (6) RSS
Tamarindo (4) RSS
TBEX10 (3) RSS
TBEX11 (4) RSS
Thailand (18) RSS
Tikal (4) RSS
Tortuguero (6) RSS
transport (39) RSS
Treviso (2) RSS
VA Beach (1) RSS
Venice (5) RSS
WanderFood (34) RSS
Williamsburg (1) RSS
Xela (7) RSS
Search Blog

Archives
[Blogroll]

08 November 2013
Photo Friday: Instagramming across China

enjoying the train station in Hong Kong
enjoying the train station in Hong Kong (this was taken mostly for our train-loving nephews)

We're back from our China trip (Hong Kong and Guangzhou for work, Beijing for fun) and, as always, sorting through a boatload of pics and stories.

oktapodi in Behai Park, Beijing
oktapodi in Behai Park

One of the many fascinating things about China is that Facebook and Twitter are blocked once you get to the mainland, but Instagram works just fine. Normally Instagram is something I use only occasionally, but for this trip it became something of an umbilical cord to the goings-on in the world "back home" and vice versa.

kooky American garage band in Wan Chai
American garage band in Wan Chai

For those of you who already follow me on Instagram, this will be a bit repetitive. For the rest, here's a quick slice of some trip highlights. It's a typical mix of foodporn, ironic oktapodi shots, and some other random stuff thrown in. Rest assured, the full slate of photos and stories (taken with a real camera and not just my phone) will follow.

view from our hotel room in Hong Kong
view from our hotel room in Hong Kong

Chinese brekkie + Indian brekkie? oh yes, HK, we're gonna get along just fine!
Chinese brekkie + Indian brekkie? oh yes, HK, we're gonna get along just fine!

snails in a rice wine hot pot from the Rainbow Restaurant on Lamma Island
spicy snails in a rice wine hot pot from the Rainbow Restaurant on Lamma Island

bizarre item found in our Guangzhou hotel room
bizarre item found in our Guangzhou hotel room

bizarre item found in our Guangzhou hotel room
dessert assortment from a Guangzhou brunch

drinking local beer and puzzling over roasted spadger on Party Pier in Guangzhou
drinking local beer and puzzling over roasted spadger on Party Pier in Guangzhou

oktapodi at the Temple of Heaven
oktapodi at the Temple of Heaven
oktapodi at the Temple of Heaven

oktapodi defending against the Mongol hordes at the Great Wall
oktapodi defending against the Mongol hordes at the Great Wall

Beijing sunset :: cough cough ::
Beijing sunset  :: cough cough ::

Emperor Oktapodi at the Summer Palace
Emperor Oktapodi at the Summer Palace

China is a weird-ass place
China is a weird-ass place

one last oddball meal of "griddled bullfrog"
one last oddball meal of "griddled bullfrog"

Posted by sonia at 12:00 AM | Link | 0 comments


27 August 2013
Playa vibes in Tofo

golden hour in Tofo
golden hour in Tofo

It's that time of year when many of our comrades are packing up and heading into the dusty abyss that is Burning Man. We're not going this year (see below for links to our past adventures) but this is a good reminder to finally post the last bit of content from our 2012 trip to Africa.

After a rainy safari in South Africa and a strenous week building houses in Xai-Xai, Mark and I took some time to relax. We'd heard the diving was amazing in Mozambique, so we headed north to Tofo to hang out with the whale sharks.

Diversity Dive Shop
Diversity Dive Shop

Relaxing, not-so-much. The conditions were incredibly stressful, with vomit-inducing waves and strong frigid currents. But we did see some amazing stuff, including giant manta rays and a hammerhead shark. It was one of those "makes you wish you were dead/makes you glad to be alive" kinda things. 'Twas a bit early in the season for whale sharks, as it happened. I'm still glad we did it.


Mozambeat

OK, so what does this have to do with The Burn? Oddly enough, the place we stayed reminded me a lot of Burning Man. Mozambeat Motel had just opened a few months before and was still working out the kinks. But it was the perfect funky home-away-from-home to allow us to chillax and unwind from our Habitat work. Before we even got there, the person from the diveshop who gave us a ride up to Mozambeat warned us that we were heading into a huge party. Perfect! As we rolled up, colored lights flashed and the familiar loungey refrains of Thievery Corporation, our favorite DC band, wafted out from within.

As they say on the Playa, Welcome Home!

Brazilian acrobats

and musicians
Brazilian acrobats and musicians

That particular night was atypical for Mozambeat, as they'd planned a huge celebration for guests, staff, and the neighborhood. Brazilian acrobats performed, there was an open mic jam, and the normally chill vibe was kicked up several notches. We loved it.


Jimi oversees the beverage selection
Jimi oversees the beverage selection

The rest of our time at Mozambeat was a lot more mellow.

outdoor shower, sunset version
outdoor shower, daytime version
outdoor shower? yes please!

colorful cabins with musically-themed names
colorful cabins with musically-themed names? oh yeah!

what's not to love about a swim-up Esco Bar?
what's not to love about a swim-up Esco Bar?

We lounged by the pool, taking in the gorgeous landscaping and enjoying the funktastic decor. In between our harrowing dive adventures, we chatted with the friendly staff and guests from all over the world. It was delicious.


roadside friendship

roadside friendship
15-minute roadside friendship

To cap off the experience, on our last day we encountered a random stranger on a fairly deserted road into town. He was carrying a guitar and sporting a huge grin. In true "This One Time at Burning Man" fashion, he proceeded to play us a song, Mark tuned his guitar for him, and we conversed for a while. He wasn't trying to sell us anything, other than maybe coming back to his country sometime for another visit. We left our new 15-minute friend with our own huge smiles.


oktapodi loves to rock the boat
oktapodi LOVES to rock the boat


The Man Burns in 4 days! Wishing dusty bliss to all those at this year's burn. We look forward to hearing your stories when you return to the Default World.


RELATED LINKS:
* Browse all Mozambique posts

* Pics from Tofo
* Browse all Burning Man posts

* Pics from Burning Man 2010
* Pics from Burning Man 2008

Posted by sonia at 12:00 AM | Link | 0 comments