Chan and the World

Hyperloop fastest land based transportation system

Hyperloop fastest land based transportation system

Hopefully Hyperloop becomes a reality and not just a dream. Currently China and Japan boasts the fastest land based transportation system (bullet trains) in the world (at about 350 km/h). Hyperloop can top that speed at 1200 km/hr. It will take just 30 minutes between SF and LA. The challenge is to build the infrastructure across the state (and potentially the country). Technologically feasible but is it practical to implement? The thought process is that bullet train system costs more money (estimated at 68 Billion USD at today’s dollar value) and takes about 15 years to complete. Hyperloop costs less…

Done traveling for a while

Done traveling for a while

After a long adventurous 16 month backpacking around the world I finally decided to settle down in one place for a while. I came to Medellin last year and really fell in love with the place. I love the latin culture, cool all year around Spring weather, declining crime rate, free public facilities and much more. The internet connection is fast and stable. I think this will be a great place to setup my base and focus on some work for now. Read my other blog posts on Medellin – Back to Medellin Medellin Transformation

Where to flee if Trump gets elected as the next President?

Where to flee if Trump gets elected as the next President?

For U.S residents only. Let’s face it. The possibility of Trump getting elected as the next President of United States is getting closer to becoming a reality. Independents tend to sway the outcome of every major election one way or the other and most Independents may not vote for Clinton. In any case some people truly believe Trump will make America great again (as his campaign message goes) and believe him to be the best choice to lead the free world. But if you are one of those looking to exit the country because you don’t imagine living under Trump’s…

Japan from top to bottom

Japan from top to bottom

Japan 2016 When I was a child I asked a question to my mother where in the world sun first rises. My mother told me it was Japan. I said to myself I will go visit the land of rising sun at some point in my life. It was that and the longing to see the Cherry blossoms (Sakura) in the spring time that inspired me to embark on a journey to Japan in late March. Based on the advice I got from my fellow backpacker I purchased a 14 day JR Pass before my arrival in Japan. I knew…

Back to Medellin, Colombia

Back to Medellin, Colombia

Back to my favorite city in the world. This time I am going to stay here for a couple of months. Medellin has a lot to offer. All the activities in the sports stadiums (Inder Deportes) are free including the gymnasium, soccer and tennis lessons, swimming pools etc. The city wide biking system (encicla) is absolutely free. Of course you have to return the bike every hour but you can take another one immediately. Biking in Medellin is much better than in NYC. You have dedicated bike path which allows one to bike without any intrusion from other traffic. Plus…

Bariloche, Argentina – Blast from the past

Bariloche, Argentina – Blast from the past

Bariloche also known as the Swiss alps of Argentina is situated in the foothills of Andes mountains. It is a popular base for hiking and skiing and exploring the towns around the lake Nahuel Huapi. The town itself is picturesque with Rumors has it that Bariloche attracted quite a number of former Nazi members including Adolf Hitler himself after the end of World War 2 . But the bit about Hitler living there was not completely true. Besides the two main attraction points of Bariloche – skiing and houses of fugitive Nazi’s there is also a thriving Chocolate industry in…

Repost: Why the best time to travel is NOW

Repost: Why the best time to travel is NOW

We hear it every year, that now is the best time to travel. And it’s quite often true. Resources to find affordable (and even free) travel options exist these days in droves. The west is benefiting from a strong currency, oil prices are cheap, and with increasing uncertainty in some Middle Eastern and South Asian countries, the geopolitical situation of many nations could deteriorate to the point where you missed your chance to go. Everything we need in order see the world can now be ours for cheaper than it ever has been before, and there has never been a…

Cambodia is more than Angkor Wat

Cambodia is more than Angkor Wat

Cambodia is best known for its gorgeous Hindu temple complex and the terrible genocide that took place during Khymer Rouge in the 70’s. In my opinion it has a lot more to offer. Unfortunately, most travelers come to Cambodia to just visit the temples. But I wanted to try something different. I thought the best way to see the true side of Cambodia is to go to the country side. I am already a fan of the country side in Burma. I decided to take a road trip and experience the country side in Cambodia as well. Here are some…

Avoid Air India at any cost

Avoid Air India at any cost

Avoid Air India Flight Number: IX – 621 Kuala Lumpur to Chennai This is regarding the flight I took from Kuala Lumpur to Chennai on Feb 4th morning. The plane was supposed to leave at 12:30 am in the morning from KL. But upon arrival at the checkin counter I was told the plane is delayed by 3 hours. Then I waited for 3 hours. Then after 3 hours of wait the plane still hasn’t arrived at the gate. We waited for another 1.5 hours. They gave us a paltry $3 refreshment voucher to make up for such a long…