Cooperstown NY, the birthplace of baseball

Ok, so Cooperstown being the birthplace of baseball is really a marketing thing that is not exactly true. The situation is complicated and, not being a baseball fan, I don’t care to recap it here, but there’s a detailed write-up on Major League Baseball’s website you can read. I came to Cooperstown (AMTRAK from New…

A famous hoax and a carousel + more snapshots of The Farmers’ Museum

The Farmers’ Museum really has something for everybody. Their welcome exhibit does a good job of laying out what visitors can expect: This was in a building that looked like this: Activities for Sugaring Off Sunday: Special events for the year: It’s pretty cool that there’s regional Civil War history being taught up here. Because…

A printing press from the 1800s

“I know this keyboard better than the computer keyboard,” the printer in the printing shop said. I had gone into this shop after leaving the blacksmith shop at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY. It was filled with functional printing presses, moveable type, and examples of printed work. The Farmers’ Museum offers letterpress workshops. This is…

Meeting a blacksmith

The Blacksmith Shop at The Farmers’ Museum was built in 1827. It was used continuously as a forge until 1934. Today, it is still a functioning forge turning out product the traditional way, but it does not operate full-time. I talked to one of the smiths at work. This man is 26 and started smithing…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: street scenes

My last post about Zhujiajiao Water Town showcased traditional Chinese heritage through food, but the sprawling water town actually incorporates modernity and tradition in its storefronts, architecture, and general scene. The straightness of the roofs in these pictures demonstrates the mixing of Chinese and western culture apparent even in this relatively exotic setting. Chinese roofs…

Yunnan pt. 7: Yunnan Nationalities Village

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang Yunnan pt. 4: Impression Lijiang Yunnan pt. 5: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Yunnan pt. 6: Shuhe Ancient Town My visit to the Yunnan Nationalities Village in Kunming was one of my most memorable experiences in…

Yunnan pt. 6: Shuhe Ancient Town

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang Yunnan pt. 4: Impression Lijiang Yunnan pt. 5: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain After leaving Jade Dragon Snow Mountain we headed to another old town, Lijiang’s Shuhe Ancient Town. I liked Shuhe Ancient Town more than…

Yunnan pt. 5: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang Yunnan pt. 4: Impression Lijiang Along with seeing Impression Lijiang, we also saw some of the natural features of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. A bus dropped us off at a gorgeous meeting point of mountain, trees, and…

Yunnan pt. 4: Impression Lijiang

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang We began our second day in Yunnan with a great breakfast at the Grand Hyatt Lijiang. The breakfast buffet had a lot of well-prepared local specialties, including cornbread baked in corn husks (the two oblong…

Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding After lunch, we went to the Old Town of Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From UNESCO’s website: “The Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic…

Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture The first tourist trap activity of the day was an activities that included a guided tour on horses, a boat ride, a tea tasting, and a photoshoot opportunity that involved dressing up in the traditional costumes of various ethnic minorities which we skipped. The total cost was…

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture

I spent four crazy days in Yunnan over Thanksgiving break with my mom and my friend Peace. Lonely Planet has a good overview of Yunnan: “Yúnnán (云南) is the most diverse province in all China, both in its extraordinary mix of peoples and in the splendour of its landscapes. That combination of superlative sights and many…