• Exploring the Surf in Sri Lanka

     Surfing at Arugam Bay, on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. Credit: Alex Frew McMillan

    Surfing at Arugam Bay, on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. Credit: Alex Frew McMillan


    ARUGAM BAY, Sri Lanka (The New York Times) — I blame Bethany Hamilton. Repeat viewings of “Soul Surfer,” the 2011 movie about the young surfer in Hawaii who lost an arm to a tiger shark only to return to competition, have left my two young children fearless in the ocean and enthralled with the sport.

    So, with air miles to spare and vacation time to burn, my wife, two offspring and I made for Sri Lanka.

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  • Little Room for Embellishment in Densely Packed Hong Kong

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    Even Hong Kong’s luxury apartment complexes are relentlessly uniform, though often more colorful than public housing. – Credit: Michael Wolf/Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York


    HONG KONG (The New York Times) — Hong Kong is a famously efficient city. Residents pride themselves on the flawless operation of the subway system and the airport. For 21 years in a row, the Heritage Foundation has ranked Hong Kong as the world’s freest economy.

    But free markets come at a cost. Easy access to capital, years of record-low interest rates and an acute shortage of supply have made Hong Kong the most expensive place in the world to buy a home. Continue reading