Wandering in the Jungle – Andhra Pradesh

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“Time spent in India has a extraordinary effect on one. ” – Tahir Shah He clearly never spent much time at an Indian bus station, or perhaps that effect might be anger, frustration, or confusion.  I jest…sort of.  It’s 600am and we are wandering through the crowds of the city bus terminal in Hyderabad.  Buses, cars, rickshaws, carts … [Read more...]

Visiting the Bone Setter – India

Visiting the Bone Setter - India

An old city injury requires an old city solution. Or at least that sounds like justification enough. For those who don’t know, I’m pretty accident prone.  Ok I’m very accident prone as I’ve been known to fall down going up stairs, find mysterious wounds on me, or walk into the occasional wall.  I’ve even been told that I’m better on skis than … [Read more...]

Where to Travel in 2014

Marrakech, Morocco

With 2014 just starting up, it’s time to start planning your year of travel.  I pulled together a list of great destinations to check out in the new Year with recommendations on when to go there.  I pulled these from lists of places I have visited personally to make sure the recommendation is not simply just a rehash of other lists.   Here is … [Read more...]

Egypt: Saint Catherine’s Monastery et al.

Camels - Saint Catherine's Monastery - Mount Sinai - Egypt

The way down was fairly uneventful for us. Whisky seemed to reprise his role in our group or perhaps his uncanny body double.  But the benefit of morning hiking is that you can actually see where you go.  The clot of hikers slowly flowed down the mountain steps onto the trail below and Whisky bounded along laden with our friend upon his back. If … [Read more...]

Into the Eastern Desert – Part 2

Qasr Azraq - Azraq Jordan

Check out Part 1 here Timing is everything and the skies began to drop rain as we started to leave Burqu for the afternoon.  I imagine that rain is perhaps a rare but welcome occurrence out here in the deserts.  I don’t know how often they actually do see rain, but for my limited time in Jordan I’ve seen far more than I anticipated I would see.  … [Read more...]

Into the Eastern Desert – Part 1

Qasr Burqu, Jordan

We’ve been trying for weeks now, maybe even months depending on when you check the calendar, but constantly our plans to explore the eastern desert have been derailed.  Lately it’s been constant illnesses but finally it seems that our attempts at herding cats may have paid off this weekend.  This is generally the last chance to travel as a group … [Read more...]