Category archives: places to see

Where the beach meets the mountain

Now if your checklist for a trip includes mountains, beach, camping, scenic views, wombats, kangaroos, beautiful parrots, trekking, the ultimate walks of nature and wildlife all in one than Mt Williams National park is the place that you want to venture if you happen to be doing walkabouts in the east of Tasmania. There are three campsites in this national park – the best and most secluded campsite is top […]

peace, quiet and moais

You’ve probably heard stories and seen the memorable stone sculptures. Yes, 1289 miles from the closest inhabited island and 2100 miles from Chile reside the famous Moais.  But what you probably didn’t notice is that Easter Island, aka Rapa Nui, aka Isla de Pasqua is part of Chile. That being said, Spanish is the official language of the island and the cheapest food one can find is of course…the empanada.  Since the […]

Tinker Tailor

In May of 2013 my wife was finishing her artist residency in Slovakia and we decided to take a short trip to Budapest. The train from Košice left very early in the morning, so when we arrived in Budapest we were groggy and disoriented. I should preface this by saying that as a diplobrat I grew up all over Asia. But aside from visiting relatives in Stockholm I had never been east of Berlin. […]

Fire on the Mountain

Wildfire is part of daily life in the American West.  An average of about 50,000 fires burn in the wilderness each year, from a single burning bush to massive infernos ravaging hundreds of thousands of acres of forest or grassland. In the old days, when a wildfire broke out the typical response was to head down to the local saloon and recruit as many cowboys, loggers, miners and drunks as […]

Peace in Ronda

The Puente Nuevo (the New Bridge) is undoubtedly the most impressive feature of this small sleepy town in Malaga Province, Spain.  It’s approximately 2.5 hours by train (RENFE) from Granada, and just under 2 hours from Malaga.  Day trips are doable as well with RENFE, the first train out of Granada being at around 7am and returning at around 5pm. I recommend spending one night in town – there’s a […]

brotherly lovin' in philly

When I think of Philadelphia it’s usually Rocky Balboa, a cheesesteak sandwich, or the Phillies – depending on the mood I am in.  What can I tell you, I’m a fan of movies, food and the Mets.  So what did I do differently this time?  I went to prison.  The Eastern State Penitentiary, to be exact – a hauntingly beautiful Gothic style prison with a fascinating history during its operation […]

The road to Damascus

I mostly just travel for work now which means a) I don’t get to choose where to travel and b) a lot of the places I go suck. But there’s always something good to see or do and, sometimes, to eat. So when I was sent to Turkey and told I wouldn’t be going to Istanbul I was initially irked. But it turns out that Ankara isn’t terrible, Adana is […]

the 5th door on the white building to the left...

Hidden/unmarked bars and restaurants are ubiquitous in some of the major cities of the world.  A lot of them are gimmicks, of course.  But not this one in Ulan Bator (UB).  Because Mongolia is real. Yori Michi is a Japanese izakaya located in the white building on the left inside the alley at the corner of where the Khongor Guesthouse sits on Peace Avenue.  The menu is not very extensive […]


A window view from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar by train

One of the longest train rides around, and made famous by paul theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar. If you’re looking for a chance to drop off the grid, get to know a few like minded travelers and do a lot of napping/reading, this train is it. Email this page