A series of fortunate & unfortunate events leading to Chiang Mai Thailand’s festival of light

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Chiang Mai's eastern gate during Yee Peng

Stumbling onto one of the biggest light festivals in the world It was a mad last-minute dash to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand for the annual Yee Peng festival (Festival of Light). A festival I didn’t think about attending until a series of events all played out. In the end it all led to me being… Continue reading more »

From Sunali to Pokhara … boy was I lost … not

Thursday, December 20th, 2007
Man waiting (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: A guide book in hand, I felt like a new tourist for some reason. I’d been through worse, yet a I felt lost leaving the boarder. Nepal was not doing it for me and I’d not even left the border. Things felt like they were going bad … but I was wrong.… Continue reading more »

Gorakphur to the Nepalese Border

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Travel Journal Overview:Travel is a great learning tool. It’s been one of greatest teachers. It usually works well, like when I took this train to Gorakphur , avoided all tourists and made it to the boarder. Only then I screwed up … or so I thought. It was 7.30am when I took a quick tour… Continue reading more »

Getting to see the Wagah Border Ceremony

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
Waving a Pakistani flag at the Wagah border ceremony in Pakistan

Travel Journal Overview: No one seemed that excited about the Wagah border when I mentioned it. Few actually knew what it was. For me I knew a little of the history between Pakistan and India. And, I think more than anything else for an overland traveler it is one of the greatest spectacles on earth… Continue reading more »

The border crossing from Iran to Pakistan

Saturday, November 24th, 2007
Mosque in Yazd - Many Mosques in Iran are incredibly bright in color from the outside (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Please remember these are my journal entries. I have a separate dedicated page on how to cross from Iran to Pakistan overland that is more useful than this journal entry for practical advise. Destination Zahedan I had taken the 5pm Bus, scheduled to arrive at 7am at Zahedan. I chose to go direct from Yazd as… Continue reading more »

Finding a hotel in Yazd, with an irate German

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
View of Yazd City, Iran from the center (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I arrived in Yazd not sure of what to expect. My new German travel mate was well behaved on the bus. Once we arrived, it all changed. Though, so did my travel. This was my last stop before Pakistan Before the 5am alarm call I was already awake. I think Chicago was… Continue reading more »

Segregation in Iran, on the buses

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
Happy Children in Iran (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: It’s rare to experience segregation in most places these days. At least as part of the everyday life of a traveler.  When I came across it in Iran, it certainly had an effect. It was also during this time I was getting to know my new travel partner a little better. My… Continue reading more »