Arriving into Lumbini to find a guesthouse

Monday, April 1st, 2013
Inside bus arriving into Lumbini

Getting to Lumbini the local way to find a cheap guesthouse What would Lumbini be like? It’s the birthplace of Buddha – one of the most important “religious” figures in history. Though everyone told me it was not touristy it did seem like a lot of people go there. However once there everyone pretty much leaves straight… Continue reading more »

Shoe removal in Malaysia and Asia: my pet hate

Monday, December 5th, 2011
Stack of shoes and boots by a door in Asia

How important is taking your shoes off in Asia? Removing footwear is a cultural custom in Asia. At least indoors. In people’s homes and houses I understand this perfectly. But, in hotels and guest houses? It’s one of the most irritating things I’ve come across … My non-foot fetish Anyone who’s been reading my journals from around about the Turkey travel… Continue reading more »

Reverse backpacker culture shock, damn they are dirty

Thursday, December 10th, 2009
The streets of Puerto Princesa Palawan

I was staying at a pension who’s nosy owner was getting to me. My gut confirmed this to me one night when a young local man lurked around my flimsy room’s door while I showered in the shared bathroom. Not only that but the  fairly dire pension house smelled a little like the cross between… Continue reading more »

How to buy a laptop in Shanghai?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Neon lights on East Najing Road (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: This was it, my final destination, Shanghai, China. The adventure wasn’t over yet though. Having sold my laptop in Turkey, I needed a new one. I thought China would be easy to do this in … nope Traveling from Beijing to Shanghai on a train A first class train ticket …

Traveling Overland through Tibet – Part two of two

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
Buddha at a Monestary in Tibet (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Travel in Tibet was surreal. Vivid landscapes like nowhere else on earth. I was about to headed into something else as well. The infamous second uprising in Tibet.  For those looking exact details and practical information on how to cross from Nepal into Tibet, then you should read my guide: How to… Continue reading more »

The annual holiday parade in Pokhara

Friday, December 28th, 2007
Nepalese Girl enjoying the holidays in Nepal (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Though Nepal had given me the feeling of home, it was not home. We were rubbing each other the wrong way. Isn’t that what families and home do? Then, we got used to each other. And things started to work out. It was Myoko’s last day today. She was leaving on a… Continue reading more »

I found home in Nepal

Friday, December 21st, 2007
Annapurna Mountains from Pokhara, Nepal (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I’ve been laughed at, ridiculed, and thought of as running away from something. At least that’s what it was like growing up whenever I mentioned my desire to find a place called home. A place to belong. A place I can live and truly enjoy the feeling of life. My middle index… Continue reading more »