Women wait for their bus in front of the iconic Pyongyang Ice Rink.

Exploring North Korea and Running the Pyongyang Marathon

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), aka “The Hermit Kingdom”, has always seemed like a mysterious, somewhat threatening, la la land of communism, military threats, and massive sporting events. The timing on my lap through Asia worked out perfectly, and I decided to check it out for myself – and to run the 2015 …

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The WAIS Divide, Antarctica DISC Drill crew in January, 2015. From left Rick Smouse (ASC), Otto Neumuth (ASC), Jim Koehler (IDDO), Mike Waszkiewics (IDDO), Jeffrey Donenfeld (IDDO), and Don Kirkpatrick (IDDO).

Living and Working at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Field Camp, Antarctica – Summer 2014-2015

After a very successful 2014-15 summer season working at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, we’ve wrapped up our operations and redeployed. Here’s a quick summary of the season: This year in Antarctica, I worked at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide Ice Core Field Camp for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) …

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Couples taking wedding engagement photos are everywhere in Thames Town, a Chinese copy of a traditional British town.

Shanghai Built Knockoff Ghost Towns Copied from Around the World

China is certainly weird. On the outskirts of Shanghai, China they’ve built a number of knockoff towns, copying styles from around the world. I explored a few of them, and was thoroughly weirded out. More on my explorations of Shanghai  – Modern Ghost Towns, Racecars, and Skyscrapers in Shanghai

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My two tourr guides at the Shanghai Volkswagen were super fun!

Here’s Where China Makes Volkswagens – My Private Tour Of VW Car Plant #3

Lots of cars are made in China, including Volkswagen and Skoda. Showing up in a suit unannounced, I managed to talk my way into an unscheduled private tour of Volkswagen Shanghai Car Plant #3. Here’s how it all works: More on my explorations of Shanghai: Modern Ghost Towns, Racecars, and Skyscrapers in Shanghai

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