Sukhothai, Thailand
Dec30

Sukhothai, Thailand

There is a distinct freedom that is ever present when site seeing by bike. Maybe it is because having my own transportation allowed me to briefly escape the constant hammering of touts by the locals. During my latest bicycle trip, I explored the 800 year old UNESCO World Heritage site of Sukhothai, Thailand. Besides its other worldly temples that sat upon mirror-like lotus ponds, the main highlight was the megalithic Buddha of Wat Si...

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The Toy-Train of Darjeeling
Dec23

The Toy-Train of Darjeeling

For the kid in me… The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the 1st that I sat on. It’s called the Toy-Train. They are also called Mountain Railways, and there are 5 such Mountain Railways in India – Kalka-Shimla Railway [Himachal Pradesh], Darjeeling Himalayan Railway [WestBengal], Nilgiri Mountain Railway [TamilNadu], Matheran Hill Railway [Maharashtra] & Kangra Valley Railway [Himachal Pradesh]. These trains were built...

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Touring Baja Sur (Interview with Ruben Maciel)
Dec22

Touring Baja Sur (Interview with Ruben Maciel)

Hitting the Highlights in Baja California Sur It took weeks to get our schedules together but I finally had the chance to talk about Mexico’s Baja California Sur with tourism pro and travel expert Ruben Maciel. Here is the perfect interview for those who are ready to explore this incredible area. I have visited about ten times and it is a unique destinations for whale sharks and marine life, great restaurants and classic cities...

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The Mayor of Pula, Croatia
Dec16

The Mayor of Pula, Croatia

Getting lost in a foreign town is an inevitable part of travel. It can be exciting, enlightening and incredibly frustrating, but it’s never permanent, as by some mysterious law of the universe a helping hand or friendly face invariably seems to appear. In my case, this helping hand belonged to the self-proclaimed Mayor of Pula. I met him on a sun splashed residential street some way out of the centre of town. I had arrived at...

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Arriving at Land’s End –  A Road Trip to Provincetown
Dec02

Arriving at Land’s End –
A Road Trip to Provincetown

A unique destination, discovered by Vikings and home to descendants of Pilgrims, Provincetown has long been a safe harbor for Portuguese fishermen, American artists and bohemian freethinkers. Known today simply as P’town, it continues to attract those seeking the outdoor, artistic and outside-the-box lifestyles. The Map Embedded above is the intersection between a story and earth orbiting satellites, an interactive Google Map Mashup....

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A Hidden Concert in a Berlin Warehouse
Nov25

A Hidden Concert
in a Berlin Warehouse

It is a chilly Sunday evening in Berlin. Late October and the trees have shaken off their leaves. I shuffle my feet through piles of golden yellow and approach two steel doors with graffiti scrawled on them. Two smokers huddle in the cold, shifting from one foot to the other, trying to stay warm. I go inside. A man with a white head of hair runs his finger down a list, stops and draws a line through my name. He hands me a chit of...

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Giving Alms in Thailand
Nov18

Giving Alms in Thailand

I washed my hands, wore a spotless white shirt and made sure my face was cleanly shaven. Hastily checking my cellphone clock, I grabbed my bananas, chose seven gnoh (for its religious and spiritual significance) and gingerly placed each item into a plastic bag. With my heart beat steadily increasing and sweat beads forming on my forehead, I proceeded out of my apartment and embarked on the first phase of alms giving—finding a...

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La Maison Arabe, a Riad in Marrakech
Nov11

La Maison Arabe, a Riad in Marrakech

When I first arrived in Marrakech with its wide boulevards stalled with traffic, chain hotels, modern buildings and palm trees, I felt disappointed. I could have been somewhere in Florida! But then I passed through the old city walls and a park where camels were sitting in a shady grove, smelled the exotic spices for sale in the medina, observed people wearing traditional jellabiyas, and heard the “call to prayer” from the minaret on...

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For the Love of Nasi Lemak
Oct28

For the Love of Nasi Lemak

I live in the birthplace of one fantastic dish, and it’s one that many have not heard of. Yes, a good old plate of Nasi Lemak. Where am I from? Malaysia. A country that’s filled with different walks of Asians – Indians, Chinese, Punjabis, Malays and a whole number of other races. What makes the country unique is the fact that all come together as one in festivities, cultural celebrations and yes, food. Our national dish has got to be...

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Responsible Tourism in Nairobi
Oct21

Responsible Tourism in Nairobi

I woke up in Nairobi, Kenya, fully rested after 13 hours on a bus to arrive there. I had been living in Tanzania doing aid work, and was eager for a long weekend in a new country. However, with tourism being one of the leading economic sectors in East Africa, it’s always been important to me to participate responsibly. During my time in Nairobi, I made sure to only put as much of my money towards organizations and outings that would...

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