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Travel Musings From Kazakhstan

By |2018-03-30T00:28:43-05:00March 24th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Travel Musings From Kazakhstan.  Why do we like to travel? Yes, of course, it is the momentous experiences that are burned in your psyche.  Sunrise at the Taj Mahal.  Watching a lion tear into a gazelle in the Serengeti near dusk.  Gazing at the mysterious Moai on Easter Island as the waves of the Pacific Ocean [...]

Top Sights Almaty Kazakhstan

By |2018-11-25T06:51:29-05:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Asia, Must-See|Tags: , , |

Top Sights Almaty Kazakhstan.  Almaty is not elbowing out Paris any time soon on top travel lists, but this Central Asian city should be included on your to-visit-lists.  Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan (yes, that one, made famous by Borat) nearing two million people.  For decades, Almaty served as Kazakhstan’s capital, until the capital [...]

Saving Money While Traveling Vaccines Overseas

By |2018-03-14T12:56:58-05:00March 14th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Asia|Tags: , , |

Saving Money While Traveling Vaccines Overseas. I can’t travel, I don’t have any money.  Have you ever said that?  I have a couple of tricks to save money while hitting the road.  I have repaired luggage zippers in Yerevan, Armenia.  Timed my haircut for Granada and Bhutan.  And gotten my vaccines in Bangkok. Every year or [...]

Island Paradise Nyaung Oo Phee

By |2018-10-23T21:36:31-05:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Must-See|Tags: , , , , , |

Island Paradise Nyaung Oo Phee.  Salt-colored sand.  Translucent azure ocean waters.  Tranquility and serenity.  Every year it becomes more challenging to find your own secret hideaway.  Between Tripadvisor, apps, and social media there are fewer and fewer undiscovered corners of the world.  But I found my slice of perfection. How is this for crystal clear [...]

Quarantine On The Friendship Highway, Part V

By |2018-02-11T18:49:15-05:00February 11th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , |

Quarantine On The Friendship Highway, Part V. Happy days are here again The skies above are clear again Let us sing a song of cheer again Happy days are here again It was day five, and today we would gain our freedom.  The government officials returned in the morning and called the group to the sparse [...]

Lethwei Fight Yangon Myanmar

By |2019-03-14T23:24:35-05:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , |

Lethwei Fight Yangon Myanmar.  Hard core. Brutal. That is Lethwei, the Burmese martial art. Many are familiar with Muay Thai in neighboring Thailand. When one thinks of Thailand; images of tuk-tuks, to-die-for beaches, Buddhist temples, all come promptly to mind. In the pantheon of Thai stereotypes, Muay Thai has an equal seat. Muay Thai traces its [...]

Quarantine On The Friendship Highway, Part IV

By |2018-02-12T07:26:49-05:00January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , |

Quarantine On The Friendship Highway, Part IV.   Real fear and paranoia set in.  It was our fourth day and for all intensive purposes we were in an information black out.  The day began like Groundhog Day, the same as the day before.  The Yetis silently crept into our room with thermometers clutched in their white latex [...]

Faces Of Bhutan

By |2018-10-23T03:26:23-05:00December 10th, 2017|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , |

Faces Of Bhutan.  I was a guest of Raven Tours and Treks.  All opinions are expressed are my own, and I would recommend you travel with Raven Tours and Treks.  Part of the magic traveling to Bhutan is the people.  They are friendly and easy going.  And very photogenic. Monks Buddhist monks are a ubiquitous site [...]