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Overlanding in Ethiopia

March 27, 2011  Addis Ababa – Ethiopia Ethiopia is no easy travel destination.  Every day is a struggle, hardly anything ever works or...

Escape to Alcatraz

Ahhh, a weekend in San Francisco for a dental convention is always more interesting than the Anaheim option.  Staying at the youth hostel...

The Oxygen Machine

Long day of travel and transfer today.  Our driver showed up at 7:30am to take us to the airport for the Kathmandu-Lhasa flight.  No view...

The World’s Biggest Stupa !

September 25, 2007   Kathmandu, Nepal Let me first say that I am enjoying immensely the fine architectural details of my room here at...

This Way to Iraq

May 16, 2007   Madaba, Jordan and Palmyra, Syria Having moved on from Petra  through the mysterious rain and fog around Kerak Castle, we...

Stray Dogs and Holy Cows

Another windy road, this time in a bus which handled the curves a bit better even with smooth tires and was full of interesting people...

The Indian Circus

April 27, 2006    Cochin, India What did we expect to find at an Indian circus ?   I guess we were prepared for anything, mostly figuring...

Tamil Cinema and Henna Tattoos

April 5,  2006    Mysore, India Mysore is a town I wouldn’t mind visiting again.  It features a huge, centrally located palace which...

White Woman on a Bicycle

August 30, 2005    Lake Victoria, Kenya I slept in until 7:30 a.m. this morning….vaguely recalling my episode with angry fire ants in the...

Grunting Hippos and “Go Away” Bird.

August 25, 2005   Lake Baringo, Kenya Must have been tired.  I slept like a rock for nine hours…with short interruptions by dogs sniffing...

The Violin Maker

May 14, 2005   San Diego, CA A warm desk lamp illuminated a scarred workbench and a man hunched forward, listening attentively to a...