Category Archives: memory

Artifacts 3: Ballpoint Pen

A few days ago, Daughter went through her bag to get me a pen. Here’s what she found. On the right by the world map it says, “A World of Thanks.” Dubra and Associates was John Dubra and six friends … Continue reading

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Singapore Lights

After Kuala Lumpur, we spent 24 hours in Singapore. The contrasts with my first visit in 1981 (Gosh, almost 40 years ago) are stunning.  We stayed in the Geylang district which prides itself in retaining and refurbishing many of the … Continue reading

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The Accidental Vegan

An inspiration for this post comes from noneuclideansofa blog. I enjoy his observations on life and living. An inspiration for the vegan traveler is the Cook the Beans blog: Ubud on a Scooter and Punkin Soup are recent posts. I … Continue reading

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Kandy is Sweet, Back to Mount Lavinia

I can’t resist the title for the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka.  We see many of new places, but in Kandy I had a new experience. We went walking in the Udawatta Kele Forest Sanctuary.  See the photo of the … Continue reading

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Leaving Tunis – Arriving Colombo

We left Tunis on a rainy day.  It started with me standing on the main street corner trying to hail a taxi.  One let out riders just across from me.  I zipped over, confirmed he would take me to airport, … Continue reading

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Cairo: Coffee with Cardamon

After Amman, Jordan we continued on to Egypt to see the pyramids.  Booking a hotel for three days in Giza with a view of the pyramids included free airport pickup.   Giza city on the eastern side of the Pyramid … Continue reading

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Grandmother’s Lavash

Our first days in Baku we wandered around the old city.  I tried my hand at balancing teacups.  Looking for new adventures, we wandered around the outskirts of Baku taking a local bus out to the Fire Temple.  Originally, a … Continue reading

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From Burma to Myanmar and back

In 1981, I flew from Bangkok to Rangoon on Biman Bangladeshi Airlines.  In May, we flew Air Asia from Bangkok to Mandalay. The first time, only one week visas were issued.  I just stayed in Rangoon as it took a … Continue reading

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Finally, Angkor Wat

In 2009, Wife, Daughter and I visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  This April, almost nine years later, Wife and I made a return trip to Cambodia to visit the city of Siem Reap and the adjoining Archeological complex of Angkor Wat. … Continue reading

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Perth, Western Australia, trying to catch up.

After Doha, Qatar and Busto Arsizio, Italy, we were back in Kuala Lumpur a couple of weeks before Chinese New Year. Wherever Wife and I find ourselves at the time of the Lunar New Year, we try to celebrate locally … Continue reading

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Arrivederci, Europa (See you later)

I’m jumping ahead to today as we wait to go to Malpensa airport after two days in Busto Arsizio, just north of Milan. Another day, I will catch up on Borneo and Qatar. My tablet app does not let me … Continue reading

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Thank you notes

I was the worst in writing thank you notes after Christmas.  I still am pretty bad at remembering those who have done me favors.  Today, walking through a bookstore in Sandakan, Sabah (island of Borneo), Malaysia I came across a … Continue reading

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Who’s Counting

This could also be titled, Whose Counting.   At the bottom of this post is my Trip Advisor map which calculates over 100 different countries visited.  Not counted in this list are: The Republic of Užupis Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus … Continue reading

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KLUnique

After six weeks in Central Asia, we moved on to Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is known by all.  Handling family matters has brought us to Malaysia several times in the past twelve months.  This time, Daughter accompanied us, … Continue reading

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Missing Almaty

We left Central Asia for Kuala Lumpur two weeks ago.  In my World History classes in the ’60s, mention was made of the Soviet city of Alma Ata.  Only on arrival in Kazakhstan, did it dawn on me that Alma … Continue reading

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Off the Silk Road, Beyond the Socialist Republic.

In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan I am reading The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds by Eric Enno Tamm after finishing Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron. Both provide modern impressions and historical references about the trade routes between China and … Continue reading

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Artifacts 2: Rain Jacket

I thought about sharing some of the lessons learned from our travels. One direction on this path involves what we carry. This is a theme I have touched on before.  It is interesting to me to experience how the artifacts … Continue reading

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Yarrow Tea

A little diversion from my usual posting.  Rest assured, I am not starting a food blog. I am thinking about tips for the trip type postings. This started with an expedition to our local MegaImage grocery store looking for tea. … Continue reading

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Beginning

Over three years ago, Daughter and I visited Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland.  It was the middle of a harsh Minnesota winter, but we felt it important to see the campus of her top choice. Since then our lives have … Continue reading

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RTW01 1980-81

In 1980, my company, NCR Comten, sent me to NCR Japan for software support of the first installations of our Networking Communications Processor.  Recently, a reply to my comment in Cook the Beans blog reminded me of that trip and … Continue reading

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