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Five Days At The Russian Cosmodrome Baikonur For A Manned Space Launch Day One

By |2019-07-06T14:25:32-05:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , |

Five Days At The Russian Cosmodrome Baikonur For A Manned Space Launch Day One.  My afternoon flight from Almaty touched down at the Kyzylorda domestic airport.  I had landed in Kyzylorda, a city founded in the early 19th century, located in southern central Kazakhstan.  Kyzylorda as you might guess, is not a hotbed of tourism.  Why [...]

Kazakhstan – 118th Country

By |2019-07-06T14:24:34-05:00April 8th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Counting Countries 193 Countdown|

Kazakhstan – 118th Country.  To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries.  Kazakhstan is my 118th country.  Check out my map. Check out the best 193 travel books. Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country with 20 [...]

Around The World On TV

By |2019-07-06T14:20:53-05:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Europe, South America, Unique Experiences|

Around The World On TV.  I have had an odd and uncanny ability to get on TV.  But only after I have departed the US.  In fact, the camera is not too fond of me in my own homeland.  I will take you back many years ago … to the fourth grade.  The local TV station [...]

Travel Musings From Kazakhstan

By |2019-05-28T05:36:04-05:00March 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 |2019-05-28T05:36:07-05:00March 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 |2019-07-06T06:00:36-05:00March 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 |2019-07-06T14:20:12-05:00March 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 |2019-05-28T05:43:40-05:00February 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 [...]

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