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...

Reflections on Madagascar

I’ve wanted to visit this country for a long time. And not because I’ve seen the movie, Madagascar. I haven’t. I’ve wanted to come because islands have always fascinated me and this is the world’s fourth largest one. It turned...

Spotting Lemurs in Madagascar

Sorry for the delayed reporting. I had to take a day off. I’ll spare you the details, but somewhere in the supply chain that led to a sandwich I ate a couple of days ago, someone forgot to wash his...

Gratitude in Madagascar

I posted overnight while most of you were asleep about how things have gotten a bit easier here in Madagascar since my struggles in immigration. That said, I’ve had a chance to reflect on what I’m seeing here in the Western part...

Smoothing Things Out in Madagascar

After last night’s challenges, I’m pleased to say things have smoothed out here in Madagascar. Today, Joe (my guide for this trip) and I drove west from the capital – Antananarivo – on Highway Number 1. If you’re picturing a “highway”...

A Difficult Entry into Madagascar

Making it into Madagascar proved challenging last night. A ten hour flight rapidly turned into twelve hours on the Air France jumbo jet, thanks to a delay that was never defined (at least in English). As the hours passed, I grew...

Highlights of Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain is also known as Sevilla, España. My visit, during one of the hottest parts of the year, left me with beautiful pictures and sweaty clothes. After a great night’s sleep, it was time to explore Seville, which is universally...