Travel on a Shoestring Carnival: Asia, Oz #4

March 15, 2008

in Asia, Australia, Carnivals, Cheap Activities, China, Food, Free Stuff, Museums, Online Media, Packing, Travel

Welcome to the fourth Travel on a Shoestring Carnival for Asia, Oz. Here you’ll find Asian, Australian, New Zealand and Oceania travel tips for those without a lot of money to spend.

Sculpture by the SeaPhotographic inspiration this week is courtesy of Karen Castle. Her image of Niall David Begley’s Swaanen is from the annual Sculpture by the Sea event in Perth, Australia. This year’s sculptures are on display at Cottesloe Beach until March 18. Check all the details here.

I found this event, tomorrow’s Mends Street Carnivale and many, many others listed at EnjoyPerth. Simone takes care to mention which events are free and provides a useful resource for visitors and residents alike.

Fig and Cherry’s got the scoop on good eats, if you’re looking for falafel in Sydney or fish and chips on the NSW shoreline.

I was intrigued by Pickled Eel’s post on a forlorn and forgotten cemetery in the shadow of a Sydney highway, I Fell in Love with a Cemetery. A fan of cemeteries myself, I will often spend a quiet afternoon admiring gravestones while traveling.

If a downunder perspective is missing from your current list of reads, you can find these three and many other Aussie bloggers at the Aussie Bloggers Forum.

On to the Asian mainland . . . First up is Pam Mandel at Nerd’s Eye View and her recent series of posts from her trip to SE Asia. She recommends you read “about the swirl and crazy that’s Hanoi” in her post Hanoi Slideshow. I enjoyed the ones about high-impact tourism, gaping at monks, dealing with difficult historical sites and how to be prepared for Angkor freakin’ Wat. You’re sure to find something good, so click over and start reading.

Daisann McLane writing at Globespotters has two articles of interest. First up: if you missed the Berlinale, try Electric Shadows: Hong Kong’s World-Class Film Festival, which gets underway on March 17 and runs through April 6. Second is her description of Tea and Treasure in Taipei’s National Palace Museum, which she touts as “the best collection of Chinese art anywhere. . . . rich and deep and painstakingly curated.” If you’re the type (like me) who can lose yourself for hours in the silver collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, this sounds like a museum to remember.

Oddly enough, Marilyn Terrell at Intelligent Travel passed along their recent story Found in Translation, which profiles the author of the previous two articles (when not writing for the International Herald Tribune, apparently she moonlights for National Geographic!) and her meeting with her Chinese alter ego. That coincidence was simply too cool to ignore . . .

Ending on a high note, listen to Chris Christensen of the Amateur Traveler and his next post in the series “Island countries you’ve never been to starting with M” as he takes you to Micronesia.

Thanks to everyone for participating. Submit your blog article (or encourage your favorite travel bloggers to submit) to the next edition of Travel on a Shoestring: Asia, Oz using the carnival submission form. Next week this time we travel to South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Antartica. You can still submit your posts to that carnival till Wednesday.

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1 Christie 03.15.08 at 4:01 pm

Thanks for including me in your round-up! I’d pay anything for good food, but prefer to make it successfully myself. Great blog you have here.

2 Pickledeel 03.16.08 at 2:51 am

Ah, someone after my own heart – $10 a day and I expect change out of that!! Not because I am stingy but because it forces you to meet with the locals. I once made $35 last 2 weeks while travelling around the eastern seaboard of the US. Met some amazing people and enjoyed some remarkable hospitality. Mind you I was looking forward to expanding my on-the-road diet of bananas, sardines and bread by the time I got home!!

3 Marilyn Terrell 03.16.08 at 3:39 am

A delightful carnival with two of my favorite writers featured: Daisann McLane and Pam Mandel. Pam really conveys the chaos and fascination of Hanoi in words and photos. And I was happy to know that Daisann enjoyed the National Palace Museum in Taipei– I haven’t been back since it reopened, and now I want to go. The teahouse on top sounds great. Must be a terrific view of the city too.

4 Heatheronhertravels 03.16.08 at 12:32 pm

I gave your recent trip to Berlin a mention on my blog. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

5 christygriner 03.16.08 at 4:21 pm

nice blog

6 Chris (Amateur Traveler podcast) 03.17.08 at 6:42 am

Technically that would be island countries you have never heard of that start with an F as in the Federated States of Micronesia. :-)

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