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Going Local in Thailand
Isan, in the Northeast of Thailand, has kept much of its old charm. The area borders Laos and Cambodia on the Mekong river. Its main cities are trading centers for rice and other goods, yet getting out into the countryside is like stepping back in time...
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...
Worst Trip Ever!
What else can you call a trip that includes the scariest plane ride, the scariest bus ride, and the most vomiting you have ever experienced in any 9 day period? Worst trip ever? But what if you also got to see your teenage daughter (in a year off from college) ....
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....
Celebrations Kutch Style
Right after recovering from malaria, it seems that I wasn’t quite done punishing my body. On a weekend trip to Ahmadabad to attend the city’s annual kite festival I ate some unknown deep-fried meat product from a street vendor ...
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....
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