Travel Stories

August 12, 2018

Beyond the Carpathians: Travels in Transcarpathia

Beyond the Carpathians: Travels in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia Region Journey from the Carpathians to Mukachevo and Uzhgorod In Yasinya I got an 11:55 bus bound all the […]
June 7, 2017

What we saw at the Korean DMZ

On a cold night in January 1968, 31 North Korean spy commandos cut through the most heavily fortified border in the world. Undetected by South Korean […]
September 7, 2015
Visiting Fatumenasi Village West Timor

Up in the Hills of West Timor: Visiting Fatumenasi Village

Visiting Fatumenasi Village West Timor We came down the mountain from Fatumenasi in the back of a small truck, sitting on narrow boards which were laid […]
January 5, 2015
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Another Travel & Life Lesson Learned

  I was sweating, lying on a bed in a budget hotel room in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. The room was small, with a shared bathroom. It […]
August 31, 2014
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Why I went to Ukraine (and my fascination with all things Soviet)

Why I went to Ukraine (and my fascination with all things Soviet) I’ve had a fascination with the former republics of the Soviet Union since the […]
July 25, 2013

Why I went to Gujarat

Gujarat has a reputation as one of India’s most prosperous and business-friendly states. It’s a tad more expensive than the rest of the country and not […]
May 28, 2013

A Ride on the Railway in Sri Lanka

Usually rail is one of the most reliable forms or transportation. That’s not why I often opt for the train, but it is a major reason. […]
April 30, 2013

The all too Familiar Story of Stanley Ho

Back in 2011, I stopped in Melaka Malaysia for a few days on my 3-month trip through Southeast Asia. I nearly fell in love with the […]
March 6, 2013

On Sailing to Japan

There is only one proper way to get to an island. I always feel like I’m cheating myself if I fly. To get to Japan, I […]
February 11, 2013
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Korean Lunar New Year in Seoul

Two months ago, I thought I might be in South Africa during February. As it turned out, I was invited to Korea to spend the Lunar […]
December 12, 2012

A Stop in Bratislava on the way to Prague

When it was time to leave Olomouc, an under-appreciated city in eastern Czech Republic, I had an idea. Instead of going directly to Prague, why not […]
December 11, 2012

The Random Events in a Random City in Slovakia

When travel seems to go wrong It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. We were supposed to stop in a small town in the foothills of […]
October 30, 2012

Turning Misadventures into Adventures with the French Rail System and Eurail Pass

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. We were supposed to be in Paris yesterday afternoon, not riding this slower-than-TGV regional train with two transfers after […]
October 21, 2012

14 Hours in Bordeaux

  There are few signs in Bordeaux that would lead you to believe that you are in sacred wine territory. There are the typical number of […]
September 19, 2012

Three Countries in One Day [Leaving Poland]

  One of the novelties of traveling in Europe is the density of small countries and the ability to pass through most of them with absolutely […]
August 2, 2012

Blogger Relay Team Green

Thanks to Runaway Juno for handing me the baton in the blogger relay. Shaun and Erica at OverYanderLust are our Team Green captains who got things rolling. What we’re […]
July 22, 2012

Fulfilling Childhood Dreams at the Very Large Array

Navigating our road trip to the Very Large Array At dusk the evening before, we made a scramble for free camping in The Box. There is little […]
July 14, 2012

On America’s Road’s: Into Enchanting New Mexico from the North

New Mexico: Land of Enchantment     We left Great Sand Dunes after an early morning climbing to the top of these tallest dunes in North […]
June 28, 2012

On America’s Roads: Reaching the West via Oklahoma

Somewhere west of Tulsa the landscape really opened up. Long rolling hills stretched under grazing cows and the occasional oil pumpjack dotted the view.  We’d later […]
June 23, 2012

On America’s Roads: The Natural State

We left Lake Charles State Park before breakfast and made a quick stop at Lynn Supermarket in the small town of Lynn, Arkansas. It’s the kind […]
June 22, 2012

On America’s Roads: Pushing further West—across the Mississippi to Arkansas

We got a late start out of Nashville, chatting around the breakfast table until nearly noon. We stopped at one of Nashville’s oddities that is the […]
June 15, 2012

On America’s Roads: To Nashville

  Even though I make an effort to avoid the interstate highways, we couldn’t avoid Interstate 81 through Virginia.  It took us in exactly the direction […]
June 13, 2012

On America’s Roads: Before I Begin

I’ve been road-tripping my whole life. It’s one of the quintessential American experiences. It’s something I want to revisit at different stages of my life. The […]
May 2, 2012

It’s time to leave China

For a balanced view of China I’ve published this post simultaneously along with the more positive: What I love about China (it’s not what You Think […]