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Impressions of Muscat

OMAN | Saturday, 23 Mar 2024 | Views [88] | Comments [1]

Impressions of Muscat. (FYI - I can't get the photos to load,sorry!) For years, I have wanted to visit Oman, but the timing was never quite right.  This year I decided that waiting any longer to make my way to Australia and New Zealand was nonsense ... Read more >

Tags: city, history


A Few Days in Salvador and Morro de Sãu Paulo, Bahia

BRAZIL | Saturday, 2 Sep 2023 | Views [139] | Video

A Few Days in Salvador & Morro de Sãu Paulo After a week in Chapada Diamantina, it was time to head to the beach and the capital of Bahia, Salvador. This city is the oldest in Brazil and was once its colonial capital. The elite lived on ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, churches, museums, towns


Impressions of Lençóis and Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil

BRAZIL | Friday, 1 Sep 2023 | Views [141] | Video

Lençóis and Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil  I arrived in the late afternoon on the prop plane from Bel Horizonte. The airport is quite small, but the staff were efficient, and the luggage arrived almost by the time we had deplaned.... Read more >

Tags: diamond town, hiking, rainforest


A Week in Amazonas, Brazil

BRAZIL | Monday, 28 Aug 2023 | Views [122] | Video

A Week in Amazonas  I had been looking forward to finally getting to the Amazon River. I’d been in the Amazon basin in Bolivia, Columbia, Peru and Suriname, but had not been on the river itself. I was looking forward to seeing some amazing ... Read more >

Tags: city, rainforest, waterfalls


A Week in Suriname

SURINAME | Monday, 21 Aug 2023 | Views [154] | Video

A Week in Suriname                                      Entering Suriname was supposed to be easy as long as one had proof of a yellow fever vaccine. ... Read more >

Tags: hiking, rainforest


Tengboche and Heli Flight videos

NEPAL | Monday, 26 Dec 2022 | Views [120]

Here are the links to two videos from my October 2022 trek to Tengboche and then a helicopter flightfrom Tengboche to Kala Patar and back to Everest View Lodge.  The heli video is intended for friends to at least virtually go on the ride with me ... Read more >

Tags: helicopter ride, trek


Thiruvanananthapuram Temples and concluding thoughts

INDIA | Wednesday, 14 Dec 2022 | Views [130]

Temples & Beach: Thiruvananthapuram & Kovalam I had a hotel booked on the beach in Kovalam for the last couple of nights and the drive went through Thiruvananthapuram, so I stopped at a couple of the temples before heading further south.... Read more >

Tags: beaches, reflections, temples


Kerala 1: Kochi to Alleppey

INDIA | Sunday, 11 Dec 2022 | Views [141]

Kerala Kerala has long held a certain fascination for me.  The combination of saltwater sea, freshwater Backwaters, Western Ghats, and lush rainforests evoked a mystical magical world in my imagination, and I thought it would be a fitting place ... Read more >

Tags: historical sites, lake cruises, nature


Photos: Thiruvananthapuram

INDIA | Friday, 9 Dec 2022 | Photo Gallery

city, Hindu temples
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Photos: Kerala: Kochi to Alleppey

INDIA | Friday, 9 Dec 2022 | Photo Gallery

city, history, houseboat, nature
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Manila, Puerto Galera and beyond

PHILIPPINES | Friday, 2 Dec 2022 | Views [175]

Manila, Puerto Galera and Beyond I flew to Manila from Bangkok as I wanted to get to the National Museum of the Philippines to see what they had that might relate to my work on Goddess Studies.  The National Museum of Archeology is in Rizal ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, islands, snorkeling


Photos: Puerto Galera, Mindoro

PHILIPPINES | Friday, 2 Dec 2022 | Photo Gallery


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Krabi

THAILAND | Friday, 2 Dec 2022 | Views [132]

Krabi I hadn’t intended to post anything about my time in Krabi as that portion of this trip was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law, but the experience there was too good to stay silent about. My family met me in Thailand to celebrate ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, islands, snorkeling


Photos: Manila

PHILIPPINES | Sunday, 27 Nov 2022 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Ao Nang, Krabi and environs

THAILAND | Wednesday, 23 Nov 2022 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Bangkok Excursions

THAILAND | Thursday, 17 Nov 2022 | Photo Gallery


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Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai

THAILAND | Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 | Views [145]

Sukhothai Sukhothai is considered the first capital of Thailand; it was established in 1238 by Si Inthrathit, who united many of the local tribes. The city’s name means “Dawn of Happiness,” and this is also the name of the entrance ... Read more >

Tags: ancient ways, archeological ruins, buddhism/tantricism


Photos: Sukhothai

THAILAND | Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 | Photo Gallery


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Sonargaon

BANGLADESH | Monday, 7 Nov 2022 | Views [224]

Sonargaon After the Central Bangladesh tour mostly north and west of Dhaka, I decided to take a day trip to Sonargaon, 30 miles SE of the capital. We left at 7:30 to avoid some of the traffic. The fog in the city was so dense that the sky wasn’... Read more >

Tags: hindu temples, history, museums, river boat trip


Central Bangladesh: Full of Contrasts

BANGLADESH | Monday, 7 Nov 2022 | Views [163]

Central Bangladesh – Full of Contrasts I wasn’t sure what to expect on my tour to visit ancient Hindu and Buddhist sites through Central Bangladesh. As I made my way around, I was struck by the contrasting images confronting me. ... Read more >

Tags: buddhist viharas, cities, hindu temples, history, medieval towns, museums


Photos: Sonargaon

BANGLADESH | Sunday, 6 Nov 2022 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Central Bangladesh

BANGLADESH | Saturday, 5 Nov 2022 | Photo Gallery


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Dhaka

BANGLADESH | Wednesday, 2 Nov 2022 | Views [118]

Dhaka I had wanted to come to Bangladesh for a couple of reasons: firstly, I know nothing about the country as a country, and secondly, there are a number of ancient Hindu and Buddhist sacred sites in this predominantly Muslim country, and I wanted ... Read more >

Tags: city, museum, temples, traffic


Photos: Dhaka

BANGLADESH | Wednesday, 2 Nov 2022 | Photo Gallery

metropolis
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Beginning of the Trek to Tengboche Day 1

NEPAL | Friday, 28 Oct 2022 | Views [146]

Beginning of the Trek to Tengboche Monastery  Tengboche is perhaps the most important monastery in the Solo Khumbu region. The lama at the monastery has traditionally been the person to bless those who attempt to climb the sacred mountain Sagarmatha, ... Read more >

Tags: trekking


Trek to Tengboche Day 2

NEPAL | Friday, 28 Oct 2022 | Views [112]

Day 2 Monjo to Namche Bazar and Everest Museum   We left Monjo at 7am before the German group that also stayed at the guesthouse.  They were a friendly group of ca. 15 hikers, who looked to be around 50 years old. They appeared to be ... Read more >

Tags: trekking


Helicopter flight from Tengboche to Kala Pathar to Everest View Hotel

NEPAL | Friday, 28 Oct 2022 | Views [114]

Helicopter Flight from Tengboche to Kala Pathar and Everest View Hotel   As Tengboche was the last place on the EBC trail that had hot water, and I’m partial to a shower after a hike, I decided to treat myself to a helicopter flight ... Read more >

Tags: helicopter over the himalayas, trekking


Trek to Tengboche Days 3-4

NEPAL | Thursday, 27 Oct 2022 | Views [157]

Trek to Tengboche Monastery   Have been trying for days to upload the first two days of this blog, but the system doesn't accept it. I haven't a clue why.  Please just see the photos.   Trek to Tengboche Days 3-... Read more >

Tags: trekking


Bhutan Impressions

BHUTAN | Thursday, 27 Oct 2022 | Views [209]

Bhutan Impressions   I had wanted to get to Bhutan for a very long time, but the daily government fee of US$250 was always too expensive.  I had decided that I was going to nonetheless do a 10-day trip once the country reopened after ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, museums, sacred sites


Photos: Bhutan

BHUTAN | Thursday, 27 Oct 2022 | Photo Gallery

temples and hike
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