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Bidding Ecuador hasta luego...

ECUADOR | Saturday, 24 Sep 2011 | Views [1120]

The time has finally come—our last full day in Ecuador. The day after our excursion to Isla de la Plata, we flew back to Quito so we could catch a plane the following day for home. Flying from Manta to Quito is a difference of over 9000 feet, which ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles, sightseeing

Whales, boobies, and sea turtles (oh my!)...

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | Views [1631]

After enjoying a week playing on the beach and in the surf, we opted to spend our last day on Ecuador's coast in Puerto Lopez, a sleepy fishing town about two hours south of Manta. It wasn't really the town we were interested in, but a trip to Isla ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

Exploring Quito and Otavalo...

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | Views [1007]

Can you believe that on my very last night at my volunteer placement two new volunteers arrived? Just my luck. But it's time to look forward, for now that my volunteer work has come to an end for this trip, the rest of the vacation begins. This is another ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing

Leaving the land of Eretz Yisrael...

ISRAEL | Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | Views [1017]

A day late and several hundred dollars short, we finally prepare to leave the ancient land of Eretz Yisrael , the land of Judea and Samaria, home to seemingly opposing religions and nationalities that have more in common than anyone cares to admit. As ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, religion, sightseeing

Making our way to Tel Aviv...

ISRAEL | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [1093]

After leaving Jerusalem, we headed into Palestinian territory as we made our way through Jericho and north to Galilee. We had an interesting (but not unpleasant) experience at a checkpoint when we were "randomly selected" for a full car search, ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

Exploring the Old City...

ISRAEL | Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | Views [1076]

We've had the pleasure of doing a lot with David's family while we've been here. Last night we celebrated the birthday of his eldest niece, Seri, and the night before David's sister graciously invited me to attend her 50th birthday party. It was a ... Read more >

Tags: religion, sightseeing

Make a positive impact by subtracting your plastic...

THAILAND | Saturday, 17 Jul 2010 | Views [901]

As many of you know, I was a winner of a travel essay competition earlier this year. As part of the prize, I get to be a featured blogger for their web site. I cannot reproduce the posts that I submit to them in this blog, but if you're interested in ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

War remnants...

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | Views [981]

As I mentioned before, the orphanage where I am volunteering is privately run by a Buddhist organization in a fully functional Buddhist temple (Ky Quang). Government orphanages are available here, but they are very crowded; as a result, children in ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing, voluntourism

The horrors of Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek...

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | Views [2589]

I am now in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's largest city and capital. I would love to take this moment to write about all the nice things in this city—such as the French Colonial buildings, the Russian Market, and happy hour at the Foreign Correspondent's Club—but ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing

Exploring Angkor Wat...

CAMBODIA | Monday, 3 May 2010 | Views [1434]

I am now in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Incidentally, the road to Siem Reap was paved last year, so what was once a bumpy, 9-hour drive is now smooth and can be done in less than half that time. I love Cambodia. Siem Reap is a relatively large city, but ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

Entering the land of smiles...

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Views [1494]

I never did make it to the night market. After asking around, I was advised that the area was too dangerous due to its proximity to an encampment, and since the local authoritites have been threatening a crackdown that could happen at any time, it would ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

On excessive heat, humidity, and the virtues of Thai massage...

THAILAND | Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | Views [1767]

I've experienced heat and humidity in other countries, but somehow it just seems thicker here, as though it has a presence of its own. Even when I sit in the shade enjoying a light breeze, it sidles up and sits so close that it touches my skin and ... Read more >

Tags: relaxation, sightseeing

Searching for Buddha...

THAILAND | Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | Views [976] | Comments [1]

I did run into Buddha several times today, and he wasn't wearing a red shirt. Instead, he was decadently adorned with gold leaf or carved from green jasper.  Buddha must've been a fancy guy. I began my leisurely search for Buddha by taking a boat ride ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

Sawatdika from Bangkok...

THAILAND | Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | Views [1551] | Comments [1]

Here I am in Bangkok, after 20 hours of flying and continuous blessings from the travel gods (those fickle deities who at times wreak havoc with your travel life, and at other times see fit to bestow good fortune). This time I was blessed with a row ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles, sightseeing

On Bundi, Jaipur, and common threads...

INDIA | Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Views [1361]

We've left behind the city of Bundi and are preparing to leave Jaipur. Each city that I've been to has its own vibe. Bundi is a smaller city with a slightly sleepier feel and a picturesque palace (Bundi Palace) that looks as though it just emerged from ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, cultural observations, sightseeing

Four locations in a nutshell...

INDIA | Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | Views [1104] | Comments [1]

I've been so caught up in anecdotal topics that I've completely ignored my journal entries on the places and things I've seen. You can stop reading now if you're not into the logistics of cities and sights (I do this part as much to aid my own memory ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

Finding the divinity in everything...

INDIA | Sunday, 5 Apr 2009 | Views [1288] | Comments [2]

Hindus truly find god in all things. Even their standard greeting, "Namaste," is a recognition of the inner divinity of both the greeter and the greeted. Today, I got to see how that recognition of divinity sometimes extends to the seemingly ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, cultural observations, sightseeing

On cows, bazaars, and being hit by tuk tuks...

INDIA | Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | Views [10828] | Comments [2]

At the Sardar Bazaar in Jodhpur, the street is a crazy, pulsating mass of auto rickshaws, scooters, bicycles, and cars, all beeping or ringing to make their way through the sea of people. In stark contrast to this frenzy of activity are the slow-moving ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

The journey from Delhi to Jodhpur...

INDIA | Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | Views [2457] | Comments [1]

Perhaps I spoke too soon when I said Egypt was good preparation for India. It's still true in some aspects, but in the sleeper train department it couldn't be further from the truth. Taking a sleeper train in India—even the tourist/business-class sort—is ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles, sightseeing

Beware practicers of English...

INDIA | Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | Views [1636]

After spending the morning in Old Delhi checking out an old 17th century Muslim mosque (Jami Masjid) and a Sikh temple, I spent the remainder of the afternoon wandering around central Delhi and discovering anew one of the hazards of a female traveling ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

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