As a new part of my newsletter every month, I decided to add a section of links to various posts, stories, videos and other stuff that I have found on the internet in the last month that will hopefully be interesting to you. The feedback has been very positive about […]
I wanted to post this first on the Ultimate Train Challenge website, so I did — on this video post of the Trans-Manchurian — but I figured I would put it up over here also. It is my first video effort. More of the story on the link through… and […]
I loved walking around the old city in Damascus. I’ll certainly be doing a series of photo essays about it in the near future, mainly focusing on the huge, huge souk (market) there. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCcWr7IWn_U The souk seems to go on forever. There are alleys this way and that and you […]
Who doesn’t love dolphins? Seriously, there is something about them (and whales) that makes everyone happy. These dolphins followed our sailboat for about an hour in the San Blas Islands in Panama. It was amazing. They’d swim in the wake of our boat for a few seconds and then dart ahead full speed in front of the boat…. then circle back around and do it again and again.
My weak video of my attempt to Great White Shark dive in South Africa. An effort that failed, alas. Will have to try again soon.
One of the incredibly fun events I was able to stumble across on my trip was the Wellington Sevens Rugby Tournament. It is an international tournament of seven-man rugby teams. The great thing, aside from the action, is that almost all the fans show up in full costume. Incredible party […]
The phrase “TIA” (This is Africa) was made popular in the States by the movie “Blood Diamond,” of which, as a sidenote, I was a pretty big fan of. Check it out if you haven’t seen it. TIA basically is just a way of saying that things work, or more […]
I guess I should preface this semi-rant by saying I am one of the least judgmental people on the planet. Whatever floats your boat, as long as it isn’t hurting others, is fine by me. But I’m really never going to be much of a fan of intolerance and the […]
There were a number of places on the North Island I had yet to see and in Auckland, I decided to do a quick week long bus trip with a company called Stray to hit some of the highlights. Given how many of these blogs I have written on the […]
It is amazing how much range he can get out of this traditional Mongolian instrument, a horse fiddle. It has only two strings. A two stringed bass guitar type thing. Amazing. And the additional sounds he gets from his “throat music” makes this incredible.
Sorry its been so long between me writing here. Having my computer going on the fritz has set me back, especially with pictures. The damn thing works one day and then not for two days. And back and forth. In any case, here are some various notes from some of […]
Boat trips are great times to catch up on writing. The crossing from South America to South Africa yielded about ten blogs. This trip up the Norwegian coast is about a third as long, but hopefully almost as productive. The scenery is a hell of a lot more inspiring. Here […]