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  • WE ARE OFF TO TACKLE ANNAPURNA - This was written Oct 21, 2001…This is a Long several part Blog in one broken up by Pictures   We Left for Pokara by bus!…7 very long hours…I would rather trek back to Kathmandu than risk my life returning in the bus!! he roads, if that’s what you call them are very questionable at best…and … Continue reading WE ARE OFF TO TACKLE ANNAPURNA
  • FINAL TRAVEL THOUGHTS FROM MY JOURNEYS TO SPAIN, IRAN, TURKEY & TUNISIA - FINAL REFLECTIONS OF MY TRAVEL 2015 15 Flights 3 Trains 5 Buses Umpteen Vans Many Many Taxis 1 Hot Air Balloon Several Trollies 13 Metros 2 Boats 2 Few Private Cars 2 Camels Lots of Walknig Some Hiking 5 Languages that I butchered but attempted nonetheless 4 (actually 5 since Iran had the Rial & … Continue reading FINAL TRAVEL THOUGHTS FROM MY JOURNEYS TO SPAIN, IRAN, TURKEY & TUNISIA
  • LAST IMPRESSIONS OF TURKEY - Last Impressions of Turkey June 1,2015 Well, first off, Turkey is an amazing place…simply a historians dream…there are few places in the world that can claim the history and a true chaotic and complicated one at that…I read a brief historical book to catch up on a few thousand years of their fractious past before … Continue reading LAST IMPRESSIONS OF TURKEY
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  • NEW ADVENTURES IN TURKEY - New Adventures in Turkey! May 25, 2015 Landing in Istanbul was like the western world greeting me with lovely and oddly familiar sights. The convenient thing about booking a tour is that you are met at the airport and can relax about how to get to your hotel…My guy was right there but then he … Continue reading NEW ADVENTURES IN TURKEY
  • Pictures- Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Ride May 25, 2015 -
  • EPHESUS ET AL - Ephesus Et Al June 1, 2015 Well our departure from Cappadocia to Pamakkule was by a 9 pass Mini Van with the 4 Singaporean women and the other couple from Singapore…We had the same driver, who we called Poncho…seemed to be a nickname he picked up because of his way with women. (-: Well he … Continue reading EPHESUS ET AL
  • HELLO FROM UBUD BALI - I am renting a lovely little bungalow just off the center of town.  This is a local neighborhood full of all the wonderful ambience of life here in Ubud…but that also means…I awoke to a very early rising rooster who must have gotten confused because he began his lovely …good morning… at 4am! That, of … Continue reading HELLO FROM UBUD BALI
  • NOW SOME WORK IN HONG KONG! - Well, here I am in lovely Hong Kong! …What a stark contrast to Tokyo… the people here are vastly different…Tokyo was quite regimented and very quiet and conservative in style and dress(yet chic and tailored)…and Hong Kong is just like New York… the people are defiantly similar to New Yorkers…no time to waste and…well, they don’t really like … Continue reading NOW SOME WORK IN HONG KONG!
  • A LITTLE MORE ON TOKYO - OK…it is amazing what 6 consecutive hours of sleep…and …well..a lot of Starbucks Frappacinos will do for my energy level and brainpower…as well as sense of Direction! Today I proudly re-tackled the train and subway system …and other than one slight misdirection, overcame my newly found transpo-phobia! I feel less “Lost in Translation” today. Last night … Continue reading A LITTLE MORE ON TOKYO
  • WORKING IN TOKYO…FOR A MOMENT! - Yep, here I am on a very speedy trip to Tokyo and Hong Kong( 9 days)…but this time it is an all expense paid one…no I didn’t win the lottery BUT I did get hired to take a Video Crew to tape the Christmas show at each place for ABC’s Disney’s XMAS Parade(if you watch … Continue reading WORKING IN TOKYO…FOR A MOMENT!
  • BANGKOK IN A NUTSHELL - Arriving in Bangkok was easier than I anticipated…not as easy as Singapore definitely not as confusing as Kathmandu,  The first thing that has struck me about Bangkok is how modern and industrialized it is. There are 11 million people who live just in Bangkok.  It stands in complete contrast to Kathmandu. When we drove out … Continue reading BANGKOK IN A NUTSHELL
  • A FLOATING VILLAGE AND MORE TEMPLES IN CAMBODIA -   Yesterday I continued on my Temple visits…I went to Ta Prohm, the temple used in that “Not to be missed classic:’Tomb Raider”(please know I am joking…other than the scenes of Cambodia that movie was a miss!!!)…that temple is being taken over by the jungle surrounding it…it is beautiful and eerie at the same time…as … Continue reading A FLOATING VILLAGE AND MORE TEMPLES IN CAMBODIA
  • A CAMBODIAN ADVENTURE - Before I tell you about Cambodia, let me reiterate how wonderful Thailand was…on one of the last days we swam into a cave…completely, pitch black…the guide had a small flashlight that he kept pointing to the ceiling to show us the bats…the current was strong, so I got a good workout…eventually we ended up in … Continue reading A CAMBODIAN ADVENTURE
  • THAI ISLAND INDULGENCES CONTINUES -   Yesterday we went snorkeling…incredible…amazing fish…our guide, Pee Pot(he has us call him Peter) told us that there were no sharks…I had seen the movie “The Beach”( and we were at that beach for o   ne of the stops) and two characters get pretty mauled so we were concerned(haha)…He assured us that no mauling … Continue reading THAI ISLAND INDULGENCES CONTINUES
  • PLAYING IN THE THAI ISLANDS -   Before I tell you all the wonderful things about the Thai Islands, let me regale you on my adventure of taking the Thai railway down to Trang …17 hours!!! It was quite reminiscent of the Movie “Some Like it Hot”…first class was 30 sleepers all in one car…meaning you could poke your head out … Continue reading PLAYING IN THE THAI ISLANDS
  • - Each day brought new adventures….and always fabulous food. The 400mg Ibuprofen I was given seemed to fix the pain from my falls. During our trekking we crossed rope bridges, ridges, icy areas and all sorts of other topography…The clouds stayed with us most of the journey except early in the morning during breakfast and really … Continue reading
  • MEET & GREET THE OTHER ANNAPURNA TREKKERS - Today I met the nine other people who will be on my Annapurna Trek.  There is an older German couple, 2 Swedish men, 2 British women, a Swedish woman(who I will end up sharing a tent) and 2 young British guys. All but one woman came alone and the guys all came in pairs….it’s a … Continue reading MEET & GREET THE OTHER ANNAPURNA TREKKERS
  • AN ADVENTUROUS BUS RIDE FROM KATHMANDU TO BHAKTAPUR NEPAL - Namaste! Nepal is wonderful…full of great people and very interesting places…Kathmandu has been an exotic experience. Although I think Crossing the Street ranks up there with needing hazard insurance! It’s like playing the game of chicken…They drive on the left…there are no traffic lights and no rules for that matter! The cabs are a whole … Continue reading AN ADVENTUROUS BUS RIDE FROM KATHMANDU TO BHAKTAPUR NEPAL
  • KATHMANDU - This was written Oct 15, 2001 Arriving in Kathmandu was an experience. The Fight path took us by the Himalayas…They are so huge. At first I thought they were clouds…then the man next to me pointed out Everest. These mountains were well above the Clouds and our flying altitude! The airport was easier than I … Continue reading KATHMANDU