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Magic in Dogtown
Driving up Highway 1 we stopped just outside of Dogtown, California, USA to pick late season blackberries. Where else in this world of prepackaged and endlessly target-marketed entertainment can one find such blissful and timeless solitude? All my senses were tuned on the same moment, fully present....
On the Road to Zanzibar
Today’s big adventure is leaving Dar Es Salaam by ferry to Zanzibar. I took a taxi to the ferry. The ride was idyllic, driving past the Prime Minister’s residence, the residences of all the Ambassadors, and private palaces of oil-rich sheikhs. I ask my driver if he thinks....
In Bhuj, cows roam the streets. The cars, trucks, and motorcycles that refuse to stop for pedestrians come to a screeching halt when a cow decides to cross the road. Sometimes, they lie down next to the median and...
The Lights of Diwali
Just about everything I’ve heard about driving in India proved to be true: my taxi squeezed in between trucks, barreled around turns, and generally drove with what appeared to be a total disregard for everyone’s safety. Spaces we couldn’t squeeze into were quickly filled by...
As I sat on the bus from Melaka Malaysia to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, I was surprised that there was not much to look at. Virtually all I have seen is palm plantation after palm plantation. Unfortunately, almost all of the rain forest has been cut down and replaced with these palm trees. Why? Palm oil is big business. Regrettably for all of us...
Like many, I am a descendant of immigrants from many different countries. I have long harbored fantasies of exploring the family “homeland”, and was particularly drawn to Wales. It’s odd perhaps that the Welsh line always touched me a bit differently from the others because my Welsh blood may be the most diluted of all....
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