Penang: Atop the hill

One way to get a different perspective on Penang is to get up to the top of Penang Hill. In past years, getting to the top of the hill, a distance of almost 2 km from the lower station, took about 40 minutes. Since 2012 the trip takes only 4 1/2 minutes aboard a fast,... Continue Reading →

Medellin: Trains, gondolas, escalators

The transit system in Medellín is a source of pride in the city, and with good reason. It has received awards for its innovation and impact on the lives of those it serves. Medellín is a city of more than three million people, and many of those live in houses-built-upon-houses, high into the mountains. With... Continue Reading →

Cuenca: Laundry, hats, and a walk in the park

We're spending a lot of time walking around the city of Cuenca. Yesterday was a pretty typical day, and an especially enjoyable one. Our first stop was to drop off laundry at the laundry service recommended by our AirBnB host, Travis (Lavanderia Los Angeles, yellow building at the corner of Gaspar Sangurima and Estéves de Toral). The... Continue Reading →

Quito: Every city should have a park like this

Parque la Carolina is a large green space in the center of Quito, roughly 1.5km long and 500m wide. It is a landmark, often used to describe locations (e.g., three blocks west of Carolina). Surrounded by tall buildings, and major roadways that are frequently congested with diesel-smoke-spewing buses, it provides a relatively fresh and peaceful respite from the... Continue Reading →

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