STORIES

narratives and photographs of my adventures around the world

TANGIER | Rockin’ the Kasbah

TANGIER | Rockin’ the Kasbah

I was in Spain, a mere hop, skip, and a jump from Tangier. That was a temptation I couldn’t resist. So I hopped the bus to Tarifa, skipped down to the port, and jumped onto the ferry, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, to Africa. (more…)
INDIA | The Land of Dreams and Romance

INDIA | The Land of Dreams and Romance

In 1896, at age 60, Mark Twain traveled throughout India for three months.  As I read his words, I saw my photographs of India… “This is indeed India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine…
REYKJAVIK | About Those Sweaters

REYKJAVIK | About Those Sweaters

This sweater is iconic in Iceland. When I visited Iceland, I couldn’t wait to find out the ancient origins of the famous knitted patterns. I imagined that the traditional craft had been handed down from generation to generation, like a family heirloom. I was in for a surprise. Almost immediately,…
The Best Pad Thai in Bangkok

The Best Pad Thai in Bangkok

While I was in Bangkok, I went on a nighttime tuk tuk tour with a guide named Jeeb, and three people by the names of Baby, Junior, and Buddy.  The names were not the only peculiar aspect of the evening. (more…)
Who is Buddha anyway?

Who is Buddha anyway?

More than 90% of people in Thailand are Buddhists, and if I was going to be in their presence and visit their temples, I needed to learn more about who Buddha was and what Buddhism means.  A small disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a historian or an expert –…
BANGKOK | Sa wat dee kah (hello), Thailand!

BANGKOK | Sa wat dee kah (hello), Thailand!

Behold Bangkok.  Full ceremonial name: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit, aka, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.  Translation: “City of Angels.”  Resident population, 8.5 million.  Tourist population, 24.5 million per year.  This was my first day in the exotic, boisterous, quirky, sweltering, exhilarating city of Bangkok.  I had arrived…
DUBAI | DESERT DAY TRIP

DUBAI | DESERT DAY TRIP

Even though I was only in Dubai for two days, with at least four days worth of places I wanted to see, I was determined to find time to go to the desert.  When would I have another opportunity to be in the desert in the Middle East?  Furthermore, the…
DUBAI | Open doors.  Open minds.

DUBAI | Open doors.  Open minds.

I only had two days in Dubai, so I knew I had to plan my time meticulously.  It was the perfect time to try out tripomatic.com, a travel site that plans itineraries for you based on the places you want to see.  Now let me just say, this is a…