Travel Stories

Stories of my travels around the world

Turning Drudgery into an Adventure

19 March 2019—Somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean I am in the middle of my 50-hour journey from Gili Air, Indonesia to Quito Ecuador. Today, got to thinking about how challenging I had feared this marathon voyage might be when I booked it. Once reservations were made, I became worried. I wondered if I was biting …

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The 10 Coolest Experiences I Had in 2018

Last New Year’s, I was freezing in a cold Irish hostel. This year, I am enjoying the tropical heat of Sri Lanka. It has been an astounding year of experiences. It was really hard to pick just ten things cool things, but here are the ones I chose.  A Note about Hamish, the Traveling Scarf: …

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Jyrgalan…The Phoenix of Kyrgyzstan

Jyrgalan is the most eastern village in Kyrgyzstan. It is in the mountains at about an altitude of 2260 meters (7400 feet). As I mentioned in a previous post, Jyrgalan is a community that is developing its tourism potential to attract not only summer trekkers, but also people who enjoy winter activities. My day hikes …

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How to Get your Hair Washed and NOT go to the Movies in Peru!

Spanish lesson for the day: In Spanish,  “socks”  is calcetínes and “hot” (plural) is calientes. Say those words out loud. Don’t they sound almost the same? No? Well maybe it is just me. Okay, my Spanish is lousy! One thing I do is get similar words mixed up all the time. For example, one day I …

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Celebracion de 60 Compleanos en el arriba de Pachamama

(Or How I Spent My 60thBirthday) For the weekend of my 60th birthday (March 22), I decided to take a little tourist jaunt to the island of Amantani. This is how I spent the second day there—my birthday! We woke in the morning to a breakfast of fried bread. It tastes just like Navajo fry …

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