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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 |2018-11-26T21:11:40+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Tibet|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 |2018-11-01T16:35:05+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Turkey|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Benares Or Bust – Overland Odyssey Through Central India

Overland Travel In India - An Odyssey By Bus And Train “Take me to the station and put me on a train. I've got no expectations to pass through here again.” - Rolling Stones Slow Travel, Whether You Like It Or Not Of the two ways to get overland from Khajuraho to Varanasi, neither is very convenient. So, we opt for both. Overland travel in India is usually pretty slow travel, whether you like it or not. The train doesn’t actually go from Khajuraho, but from the “nearby” town of Mahoba. The [...]

By |2018-05-01T11:15:10+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, India|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Diving In Dahab – Red Sea Adventures On The Sinai Peninsula

Red Sea Adventure - Scuba Diving in Dahab “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” - Jacques-Yves Cousteau Commandments and Coral Reefs Thou shalt not step on the coral. That must have been the eleventh commandment, lost to the world atop of Mt. Sinai. The nib of land that separates Africa from Asia is legendary, both in biblical lore and regional conflict. Scuba diving in Dahab on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula offers some of the best underwater adventures in the world. The Gulf of [...]

By |2018-04-21T10:59:01+00:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Egypt|Tags: , |0 Comments

Waxing Spiritual – Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

 Waxing Spiritual - Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” - The Buddha Rebirth and Suffering Life sucks. This is an underlying principle of Buddhism. We are reincarnated in an endless cycle of death and rebirth (samsara) in which we suffer (dukkha) until we become enlightened (nirvana). For anyone interested in Eastern religions, few countries offer greater access to exploring Buddhism than Thailand, where 95% of the population practices Theravada Buddhism. Often, when most people think of Thailand, they [...]

By |2018-04-21T10:57:10+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Thailand|Tags: , |0 Comments