On the road — from Lesotho, to the Drakensburgs in South Africa, by way of cherry farm pitstops and lasagna ambitions.
Today, I’m back in Cleveland. But one month ago, Bali was home. I was briefly retired; scuba diving, surfing and yoga’ing my way around the island and its waters. Three months ago, I was convincing travelers their lives were safe in my hands and leading tours across Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. It’s […]
I’m going to India. Now, I’m known for saying things like that. I’m traveling the perimeter of Ireland this year. I’m changing the face (pun not intended) of limestone karst conservation in Vietnam. I’m becoming a motorbike taxi driver in Thailand; a scorpion wrangler in Malaysia. I really am going to India, though. In April. […]
Because I’ve been chuckling to myself and I need to share. 1. Skyping with family. I’ve been tracking developments back home. Dad’s rediscovered an accordion in the basement. My gorgeous sister Jeannette has cut her hair extremely short. It keeps me up at night. All I can do is groan about it. Meanwhile, her best friends […]
I am not going to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, I think to myself. I don’t feel like going to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. But, I have to go to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum is something I always suggest to my tour groups when visiting Hanoi. It’s what you do in Hanoi. Along […]
“You are crazy!” says an Aussie girl on my tour, looking at me with my arms outstretched. “Crazy in love,” I mumble to myself. Then I look at Appu. “Appu, I need, like, five more.” “We will see,” Appu, the Linebacker Scorpion King, replies. “They are very active right now.” “Active” can mean a lot […]
Rarely do I have good experiences with sweet potato fries. The concept doesn’t seem like a winner off the bat. Sweet is the opposite of salty, and french fries are supposed to be salty — there’s obviously a disconnect there. Hence, my disillusioned thinking led me to believe sweet potato fries were doing regular fries […]