It is hard to believe a year has passed since we were celebrating Eid al-Adha with our new Muslim friends in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. Eid al-Adha… Read more “Eid Mubarak in the Perhentian Islands”
In Yangon people will ask if you have been to Shwedagon. It is, apparently, the thing you simply must do while in Yangon. The elegant Shwedagon Pagoda is Yangon’s most famous landmark. It is a massive 110 meter high gold-plated pagoda with a diamond studded spire that sets on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon. Shwedagon dominates the area and is visible from much of the city.
Myanmar, finally, I was in Myanmar. It is not a common destination yet it has always intrigued me. Few Americans travel here. Squeezed in between Thailand and India, Myanmar has, until recently, been one of the most isolated and repressed countries on Earth. With trade sanctions lifted and a new democratically elected government in power, Myanmar is preparing for an onslaught of tourists. I wanted to visit Myanmar before the locals became jaded by tourism and money.
It is a moment in time. Somewhere, somehow, we all experience it, sensory overload. Sometimes painful, and sometimes bliss, these moments bring to us an awareness that… Read more “The Faces of Bangkok’s Chinatown”
My body, once sweaty from the tropical heat and humidity shivers in the freezing cold Air conditioning. Riding backwards staring at the Thai countryside flowing past my… Read more “Bridge Over the River Kwai”
Over the past ten months Laurie and I have traveled to seventeen countries on three continents. We have experienced the stories, the pain, and the aftermath of hate, bigotry, and… Read more “Giant’s & Friends in Northern Ireland”
Ireland has always called to me. As long as I can remember there has seemed something magical about Ireland. A lifetime of excuses later and here I am.… Read more “Signal Tower – Glencolumbkille, Ireland”
Our travel to Saigon from Bangkok went smoothly. The walk from our friends condo at Waterford Rama IV to the Phra Khanong BTS Sky Train took about twenty minutes… Read more “Saigon,Vietnam”
I had booked a soft sleeper for us. A traveling compartment with four berths. I had hoped for lower berths but the train was full and we were stuck with two upper berths. We were sharing our compartment with a young couple traveling with their eighteen-month old baby. This young mother was also nine-months pregnant! As the train began its trek to Danang, picking up speed, we began to wonder if her pregnancy would withstand the shaking, rattling, bumping, lurching motions for a few moments, much less the sixteen hours ahead of us.