Category Archives: Travel

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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Reincarnated in Şişli

After our time in Mongolia, we continued west for another go round in Istanbul.  This must make seven times we have visited, but the first time to spend time in summer. Walking the streets and snapping photos of cats put … Continue reading

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Finding our Nomadic Roots

“We’re Mongolian. We adapt anywhere.” Our friend in Ulaanbaatar explained how she and her family had no problems moving to Washington, DC and then back to Mongolia. After four years wandering the road, there are no roots to find but … Continue reading

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RGN-PEK-ULN (Travel notes)

We flew from Yangon in Myanmar to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia with a 36 hour stopover in Beijing as both flights were in the middle of the night.  Three times in the past three years, we have flown over this part … 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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Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

These are very different cities in Northern Thailand.  Some of the contrasts can be seen here. Chiang Mai We stayed just inside the old city, separated by a moat and renovated ruins of the walls. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep This … Continue reading

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Bangkok: Start to Finish

We flew from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok in April.  After a few day stopover, we headed up to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.  Now, we are back in Bangkok, planning and packing for more adventures. We only explored 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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Kuala Lumpur Ennui

Over the last year, we have stopped over in Kuala Lumpur several times for family events and personal pursuits.  Recently, we have tried to find some less common venues involving city walks.  It is steaming (and when it rains, streaming) … Continue reading

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A Little bit of Doha

On our way to Busto Arsizio in January, we stopped off for a couple of days in Qatar.  January is a good time to visit the Gulf States.  Many of the national airlines offer good discounts or stopover deals and … Continue reading

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Crossing Sabah (Where was I?)

The years start to catch up. My hearing is a bit off, so I need to beg pardon, especially if there is background noise.  Then, with stories and traveler tales, I have to stop in the middle and ask, “Where … 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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Catting around Kuching

From Laos, we had a short stopover in Kuala Lumpur. Then, we headed out for a five week exploration of East Malaysia on the island of Borneo.  Even though the states of Sarawak and Sabah are part of Malaysia, on … Continue reading

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Luang Prabang, the sweet and the bitter.

We spent a nice week in the middle of November in Laos just hanging out in the UNESCO heritage city of Luang Prabang.  It was easy to walk around and look at the temples, the traditional streets, and cross the … Continue reading

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Borobudur and Prambanan

From Bali on our way to Luang Prabang, Laos, we stopped for ten days in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  Depending on the age of the literature and the spell checker, this city is also known as Jogjakarta (possibly from the Dutch phonetics). … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Bali

After an unusually cold spring in Perth, we moved up to tropical Bali.  We stayed for over two weeks, first in Ubud the Art and Meditation center, then in Semniyak the surf and shopping center.  Reading the book, Indonesia ETC. … Continue reading

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Spearwood AUdventure, mate

Right now, I am in Bali sitting at the edge of a rice paddy looking over coconut, banana, and papaya trees.  This makes it difficult to think about moving on to our next destination, even finding it hard to believe … Continue reading

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Check out the temple near city of Amarbayasgalant, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar is modern with the character of a Western city. It is a world apart from the rest of the country. Having said that there is not a great deal to see or do. But no one comes to Mongolia … 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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