Asher's Current Activities
Last updated: Aug 25, 2015
First day of tenth grade!
Staircase walk in the city.
Waiting for Dotties.
Heading out for Nuit Blanche with Uncle Dave and Aunt Lisa; cherry-pickers and palms; selfie at the Big Top with Aunt Charlotte; the sausage maker; above the rainbow; glass floor with a view; Wychwood barns.
Portland: rose garden; terrific Japanese garden; Columbia river valley with Meriwethers and many waterfalls.
Sicily for the October break: huge Greek theatre at Syracuse; the splendid, vast, atmospheric ruins of the city of Morgantina; Foro Romano mosaics; terrific ruined temples at dusk of Agrigento; comfortable digs and more ruins at Selinunte (the quarry); Monreale cloisters; spectacular Taormina.
Thanksgiving in Arizona to visit, ponder and hike down the Grand Canyon with the Carkovic-Levine clan.
Winter in Sri Lanka via a short stop in Singapore. Ruins at Polonnaruwa; Vil Ulyana; climbing up to (and down from) the lion's claw and ruins of spectacular Sigiriya; rainy Dambulla; fun hike up to Pidurangala; Aluvihara; Nalanda Gedige; Embekke; Kandy botanic gardens; relaxing in beautiful walled harbor fort of Galle.
How to handle a blah January Saturday: lunch at Pizzetta followed by a walk in the GGRA.
Annual birthday trip to Fenton's.
Trip to the Fog design show.
Winter break in the freezing East: first trip to Ray's; dinner with Dad's mentors and a security detail; a favorite painting of his parents at the Freer; on the Mall; fashion question; nerf fight with cousin; return to 2nd Ave Deli; snowy walk through the Park back to the Met (2011 version; 2000 version); Sept 11th memorial.
Chicago for a surprise in March: architectural tour; the Magnificent Mile; dinners at MK and Joe's; back to Millenium park.
A fun day of hiking at Pt. Reyes.
Summer: return to Singapore; Jurong bird park (popular with the birds!); botanic gardens; the beautiful Orchid garden; gardens by the bay; Southern Ridges; Singapore Flyer; Chinatown. A very enjoyable (surprise) side-trip to Kurumba in the beautiful Maldives.
On to Shanghai for an internship at the Ocean Aquarium; lunch at the modern art galleries of M50; traditional dinner at 1221. Long-awaited arrival of truffle-chicken dumplings at DTF! Modern face of Chinese communism. The yin and yang of Jing'An temple. Drinks at Yong Kang. Pudong. Birthday on the Bund.
Return to Cape Town: fantastic Kirstenbosch botanic gardens. Monkey friends; Hout Bay.
On safari in Botswana, first a "tent" in Tubu Tree: leopard; hyenas; crocodile; warthogs; wildebeeste; kingfisher; elephants; hyenas; giraffes; buffalo and zebras; hippos; ostrich; eagle; lion; kudu; paddling on the Okovango delta; sun-downers; sun-downer on the delta with style. On to watery atmospheric Dumatau: giraffe (perpetual favorite); leopard; lions; hippos; wild dogs; elephants; one leopard in a tree and another hunting impala while zebra looked on; leopard with its kill; sun-downer; lunch. After a detour to Vic Falls, next stop, Chikoko camp in Zambia for a walking safari: perpetually changing view from the chalet; making fire. On to Crocodile: hippos; lots more fun hiking safari walks; view from the room; hanging out in the bush. Final stop, Londolozi Founder's Lodge for great driving: first rhino; rhino with baby and photo-bombing ostrich; lots of rhinos; elephants at a water-hole; hippos and hangers-on; herd of wildebeest; herd of buffalo; giraffe and zebra drinking; close encounter of giraffe variety; pride of lion (cool); business of mongooses; klipspringer; a hyena mother with two cubs tucks them away, to kill and eat an impala after stealing it from a leopard; rhinos in the morning; close encounters of the ostrich, elephant, rhino, and buffalo (very close indeed) varieties; hyena hunting zebra; rhino with two offspring; jackal with zebra and wildebeest; awkward moment; hard to be jaded.
the list of countries and World Heritage Sites that Asher has visited.
also available as a map (his
dadís is available too).