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Before they become rubble, abandoned places in NC

We took the day driving around a few rural roads of North Carolina to photograph the old homes and abandoned buildings we have seen out the corner of the eye. Now that the leaves have fallen some new old homesteads are visible through the tree line. My friend and I had to photograph some of these old places before it all becomes rubble.

Farmhouse 35°40’58.0″N 78°59’56.0″WUS-1

I have included the Lat’s and Lon’s in the event someone wants to visit them and of course be prepared for “No Trespassing” signs.

Using a Canon 5D MKII 24-105mm. Due to the recent rains some of the roads flooded and created some detours.

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This is a beautiful abandoned modest Victorian with a barn in the back.

751&64 home 35°44’26.5″N 78°56’58.8″W

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Now just a backcountry road, the Old US Highway 1 used to be the main thoroughfare between Washington DC and Atlanta. Just South of Raleigh NC the old road has some beautiful old abandon places.

Gas station – We took a peek inside – 35°39’38.8″N 78°58’21.6″WUS1-57

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Feed trading house and another peek inside – 35°40’52.0″N 78°56’07.0″W

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Fayetteville Rd. One room house – 35°52’28.6″N 78°56’56.7″W751House-18751House-23

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Curry Fish Head with sautéed lettuce…

This is our bill from dinner the other night, cannot read a damn word of it, more on the meal in a minute.

BillOne of my favorite buildings in downtown Kuala Lumpur is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Built in 1897 and designed by A.C. Norman in the style of the Mughal, Persian architecture, the building housed British government offices until after World War II.

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Curry Fish head

Thirty minutes drive south of Kuala Lumpur (KL) through the back streets of the city, away from the upscale hotels and modern neighborhoods is a borough known as Puchong where we are about to experience a local delicacy, Fish-head curry.

FishHeadSoup-13 FishHeadSoup-11-2Puchong is mostly a Chinese community with a myriad of local restaurants that rarely see any foreigners. This restaurant is known for good Fish Head, it’s not a fancy place, plastic chairs, open to the outside, with a queue quickly forming it’s an indication this place is good.

FishHeadSoup-3One thing I noticed when I moved here to Malaysia is that there is no salad, as we know it in the West. The Malaysian’s do eat lettuce, it’s just sautéed, steamed, and mixed with oyster sauce, very good.

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Whenever I go to Puchong children point at me because I look so out-of-place, restaurant owners ask my companion Ms. E if I need a fork and spoon, and some places dust off the English menu, if they have one, and set it in front of me. As awkward as all this is and as culturally different as it can get, this is why people love to travel.

Durham, NC. USA

Despite the rumors, the women in NC do not eat corn dogs and drink Budweiser, at least not in public.

Once the tobacco capital of the world North Carolina, USA has since relinquished itself of this industry. China now manufactures 41% of the world’s cigarettes today. Over the past few decades Durham, NC has reclaimed old factories for housing, the arts, and commercial sites, along with a complete face lift of its downtown area, Durham has become a force of change for North Carolina and a food haven.

A few parting shots before I head back to Malaysia.

(Curtesy of Preservation Nation.org)

Abandoned, boarded up, ready for renovation, the Leggett & Myers building.

The sign says VOLUMES.

Is that a corn dog in her hand?

I mentioned that NC has become nationally known for it cuisine. Two fine restaurants worth visiting.

CholaNad Contemporary South Indian

Shrimp Pondicherry, Lamb Chops & Kothu Parota

Gregoria’s serves up some of the finest Cuban this side of Havana.