Category: Asia

Jeju Island: So, That Happened

I was torn. Part of me wanted to stay in Mongolia for another day (I really love that place), but the other part of me wanted to see someplace new. And that’s the side that won out. I’m drawn to...

Reflections on Mongolia

This marks the 57th country or territory I’ve visited from the Traveler’s Century Club list and the 44th UN Member State. My desire to visit 193 UN Countries means it’s not often I am willing to visit a country a second time before completing...

Nearly Knocked Out in Ulaanbaatar

Yesterday, I wrote a little about the Mongolian people’s success as empire builders. Part of their success was due to an intense fighting spirit that — I discovered — lives on today. Cell service doesn’t yet exist in the Mongolian Steppe, which meant...

Finding Genghis Khan in Mongolia

I wrote yesterday about the importance of horses to the development of the Mongolian empire. But it wasn’t just the horses that allowed the Mongolians to conquer most of the world. It was also their advanced military tactics. Genghis Khan (1162 –...

Horsemanship in Mongolia

I wrote yesterday about the history of Mongolia and mentioned the importance of horses to this place and her people. Mongolian horses are a bit smaller than those in the West. The saddles are different and the stirrups are set...

Settling Into Mongolia

As in Nepal, I was so affected by Mongolia that I’ve decided to serialize the story of my time here. Only this time, I felt admiration rather than disdain. I hope you’ll enjoy the posts over the coming days as much...

Back Alleys in Kathmandu: Part 2

For those of you just joining us, I’m in the back of a Toyota Corolla in Kathmandu trying to see some of the sites. In case you missed it, check out Part 1. Suffice it to say, what should have...

Back Alleys in Kathmandu: Part 1

I’m here in the low season. The very low season. I’m staying at one of Kathmandu’s largest hotels, but there are so few guests that, when I couldn’t remember my room number in the restaurant, the waiter told me what it...

Summiting Everest, But Not Really {Video}

Yesterday, I wrote about the stunning mountain views as we approached the Kathmandu airport. I wasn’t able to take any pictures though because of the restrictive Chinese security protocol with regard to cell phones. But these mountains are so stunning that I...

50+ Hours to Nepal

Wow! That was a long trip. I’m finally in Nepal where it’s currently 12:35 p.m. on a Tuesday in Summer. Back in Antananarivo, it’s 9:50 a.m., also Tuesday, but in Winter. (Nepal is one of the few places on the...