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Lost In Latacunga – Exploring Central Ecuador

Central Ecuador - Latacunga, Quilotoa and Saquisili “Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R Tolkien We get off the bus and have no idea which way to go. Latacunga looks dirty and uninviting, and the first hotel we check is small and dark. However, once we get our bearings and into the town center, things change. We find a room at a nicer hotel among the cobblestone streets, and sit down for a couple of sandwiches at a bright restaurant around the corner. [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:53:31+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Ecuador|Tags: , |0 Comments

Hiding Out – Watching for Wildlife in Taman Negara

Jungle Trekking in Malaysia – Taman Negara National Park “None of the Jungle People like being disturbed.” - Rudyard Kipling We share the boat with only the driver and one other traveler. It is a two-hour trip through the dense jungle along the winding Tembeling River. Monkeys lounge on the beach, water buffalo wallow in the mud, and monitor lizards crawl along the banks. We also catch a glimpse of a native Orang Asli family bathing on the shore. Kuala Tahan - Gateway to Taman Negara [...]

Cichlids, Sailboats and Souvenirs – Nkhata Bay and Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi and Nkhata Bay - Lakefront Leisure “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” - William Wordsworth The bus drops us off on the side of the highway, and we’re not exactly sure which way to go. An an ex-pat couple working for an international NGO pulls over and offers to drive us to a guesthouse. On the way, we learn that many of the westerners in Malawi work for NGOs, and the rest are backpackers traveling overland across Africa, like us. The guesthouse in Chitimba is [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:52:46+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Malawi|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Nomads, Gompas and Koras – Buddhist Festivals on the Tibetan Plateau

Pilgrims, Priests and Prayer Flags - Buddhist Monasteries on the Tibetan Plateau “I am confident I will set foot again in Tibet in my lifetime.” - 14th Dalai Lama Despite the altitude, it is stiflingly hot and we have to get out of the city. One week in Lhasa is enough time to see its highlights and the outlying temples accessible as day trips. Most tour operators offer excursions of varying lengths to sites farther afield. So, we hire a 4X4 and driver for a few days to visit several monasteries and [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:51:53+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Tibet|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Swahili Dhows and Zanzibar Ferries – Tanzanian Island-Hopping

Swahili Coast Island Hopping - Tanga to Dar es Salaam by Dhow and Ferry “It is not worth the while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.” - Henry David Thoreau A contrast is immediately apparent upon crossing the border from Kenya to Tanzania. The paved road gives way to a dirt track, and concrete buildings with tin tops are replaced by mud huts with thatched caps. We are in Tanga, and decide to island-hop down the Swahili coast Dar es Salaam. We are always looking for adventure and [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:51:40+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Tanzania|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hold Your Breath – Top Ten La Paz Snorkeling Sites

Top Ten La Paz Snorkeling Sites - Breathtakingly Beautiful “Le plus grand aquarium du monde.” - Jacques Yves Cousteau A quick internet search for La Paz snorkeling will produce pages of excursions offered by local tour operators. But, if you want to hang out at a beach and snorkel on your own, there isn’t a lot of information available. Many tourists (and locals) don’t realize that beautiful beaches with clear and calm turquoise waters - perfect for snorkeling – can be found very close to the city. We have spent several [...]

Ramazan In Turkey – The Fast and the Curious

Dawn Til Dusk - Turkish Travel During Ramazan “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” - Muhammad This year, we didn't have turkey for Christmas, so we went to Turkey for Christmas. After all, it is where Saint Nicolas is buried in his tomb near Myrna. We land in Istanbul and spend a week visiting the obligatory sites including Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. The city’s skyline is pierced by countless minarets as far as the [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:50:27+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Turkey|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Wetlands, Wildlife And Waterfalls – Northern Argentina And Iguazú Falls

Over the Border and Over the Falls - Iguazu and Northern Argentina “I beg your pardon, Owl, but I th-th-th-think we coming to a fatterfall ... a flutterfall ... a very big waterfall!” - Piglet (Winnie The Pooh) We cross the Andes for the last time – at least on this trip – and bury our fleeces, hiking boots and Gortex jackets deep in our backpacks. However, the return to warm weather also means the return to Bugworld and Scooterland. And, it seems that the smaller ones are the loudest – [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:50:09+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Argentina, Brazil|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Etosha National Park – Safari Across The Salt Pan

Salt Pan Safari - Namibia's Etosha National Park “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” - Ernest Hemingway After a two day bus odyssey from Livingston, Zambia and through the Caprivi Strip, we arrive in Tsumeb. We organize ourselves with a rental car, tent and cooking utensils, and set off to explore the various waterholes of Etosha National Park. A Gemsbok (Oryx) joins a herd of Elephants In the vast salt pan in northern [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:49:51+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Namibia|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Following The Herd – Nepal’s Dashain Festival

Flocking to Nepal's Dashain Festival - Herders and the Herded "To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." - Mahatma Gandhi Finally, after hiking for ten days up the lush Marsyangdi Valley, we trudge across the 4516 m Thorung-la. Below, the trail descends into the desert-like Mustang of the Kali Gandaki River – a stark contrast to the way up. Descent to Dashain Our climb down to Tatopani coincides with the preparation of the Hindu sacrificial festival [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:49:05+00:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Nepal|Tags: , |0 Comments