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Tea & Death

I have discovered a new life goal. Apart from finding ways to watch a Yellow Monkey concert (first involving the miracle of getting them back together), visiting temples to stare down wells and visiting Egypt's museums of dead people, someday, I would like to embark on mokie and vampyrichamsterhampy's World Tour of Death and Destruction!

We would write a guidebook of places morbid and a bit bloody, including stopovers at local tea joints. We could visit Hart Island's Potter's Field. We could be the kind of tourists only mokie and vampyrichamsterhampy could dream of!

Death, Despair, and Dismemberment on $10 a Day!


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Nov. 13th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
There must be a Baedecker for this...
Nov. 13th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
If there is a Baedeker, surely we will find it, Mokieone!
Nov. 13th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
If not, we'll write it.

"Don't be afraid to go off the beaten track to find your corpses..."
Nov. 13th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
We need to write it anyway, and give death a worthy appraisal! Until then, there is stuff like this.
Nov. 13th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Places Morbid and Bloody
I would SO buy that guidebook!
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Places Morbid and Bloody
As I would be deeply honoured if I had the chance to write it. :)
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Ive been to Hart Island...its rather cool

the prisoners were pretty nice too :3
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Oooo! Do tell! :)
Nov. 13th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
its pretty eerie since it has all sorts of abandoned buildings...and the only way to get there is on the prisoner barge that takes the convicts who bury the bodies there :3

they sort of bury people on top of each other, based upon how close the markers were
Nov. 13th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
I hear they let people mulch for 40 years before they reuse the burial plots. Were there any weird smells? The eerie buildings sound like the best part!
Nov. 13th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
yep yep; ah no weird smells...its just really quiet there XD

i think there was a sanitorium or something of the like there at one point

Nov. 13th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
*calculates* Crazy people, inmates, unmarked graves and reverent silence. That does sound cool. *impressed*
Nov. 13th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
i thought i took some pictures but i have no idea what i did with them :(
Nov. 13th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
hmmm... off the top of my head, all I've got is Salem, Massachusetts. And my favoritest tea place closed about a year ago (at least I know of other nice places to hang out).
Nov. 13th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm very uninteresting in this regard. I have been to the odd cemetery in my time, but these were always because I was there to visit someone I knew. I have been to a crematorium in Bangkok that was rather nice, and met a nice temple cat too, but it's otherwise not really much to write home about. I've lived in an authentic cursed house -- that wasn't nice. I'll be spending two weeks in a house where apparently two people have killed themselves and at least the owner passed away later this week. That should be...interesting.

I don't really have a favourite tea place -- my priority is to find first a place that actually sells nice cake, and I'm really picky about cakes. Fillipino-style cakeshops are the best for cakes, and then we have the other problem of finding a place with a nice range of tea. I like cafes where I can sit and stare at people. If they let me sit down with a whole pot of Chinese tea to myself, even better. :)
Nov. 13th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
I've never been to the witch museum, but did have to study the witch trials at some point. It's a blur really. The one time I was in Salem was to see the Chinese house... and tickets were all sold out. :(

We do have really nice cemeteries though! I have yet to go to the Mount Auburn cemetery (which is known for history and horticulture) and then there's the Forest Hills cemetery which is also considered an open air museum. They regularly have art shows and sculpture for view. (I've been to Forest Hills to pay respects, and once for the lantern viewing. Unforuntely I missed the Day of the Dead celebration this year.)
Nov. 13th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
It's amazing that with a culture with lots of death-related celebrations, I've never bothered to participate in any of them! I really regret that I didn't go see what happened in the temples during Chinese All Souls Day, for example.
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