Category Archives: Travel

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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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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Guadalajara vs. Barrio de Santa Maria

We spent over a month in Mexico.  After a couple of weeks in the Yucatan peninsula we flew over to Guadalajara for almost four weeks.  Our first week was in the Centro Historico, or the old city with many historical … 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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Maya Ruins in Mexico

Back in July 2016, I visited Flores, Guatemala and Belmopan, Belize.  This afforded me the chance to visit and climb among the ruins at several Mayan cities.  Coming to Cancun in the Yucatan peninsula, we took advantage of visiting three … Continue reading

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Stops Along the Way

After reuniting with Wife’s family in Tapah, Malaysia, we began what has turned out to be an epic journey in less than four weeks.  I hope a timeline helps me make some sense out of this. Feb 14-16 Petaling Jaya, a … Continue reading

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