Other Random Trips

31 October to 10 November 2018 – Bhutan with my sister and her husband to meet up with their son who is working there, developing a hazelnut industry. We visited scores of temples including the famous Tiger’s Nest. We also did some long walks in the simple clean countryside of the happiest country on earth.

10 February to 14 March 2017 – Guatemala to study Spanish in San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlan and backpack around Guatemala City, Antigua, the market town of Chichicastenango, the jungle and cascades of Semuc Champey, the island city of Flores and the ancient Mayan temples of Tikal.

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The main Mayan plaza in Tikal

25 September to 10 October 2016 – Mongolia to backpack around Ulaan Baatar, live like a nomad in gers, trek and ride horses on the steppes of western Mongolia and experience the Golden Eagle Festival of the traditional Kazakh eagle hunters.

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A Kazak eagle hunter

22 to 29 March 2013 – Nepal to trek and sightsee around Katmandu.

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Two of the more “colorful” characters in Kathmandu’s main square

10 to 16 January 2012 – Hong Kong to visit with relatives and hike some of the best suburban trails in Asia

18 to 30 March 2011 – Thailand & Laos to backpack around Chang Mai and Chiang Rai, take a river boat down the Mekong River and backpack around Luang Prabang.

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In a temple in Luang Prabang

18 to 22 November 2010 – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia to trek to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu, a 4,100m peak.

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On the decent after sunrise, I was frozen solid but Melanie raced ahead.

6 to 16 February 2010 – East Timor to backpack around Dili and the hill country around Maubisse, scuba dive the north coast and Auturo Island and investigate volunteer opportunities.

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A local lady from Maubisse

January 2010 – Two weeks in Yogjakarta, Indonesia for intensive lessons in Bahasa.

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a typical road in Yogyakarta, with the volcano Merapi 18 miles in the distance

30 December 2009 to 3 January 2010 –Sumatra, Indonesia to backpack around Lake Toba.

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Two friends from Lake Toba

23 to 28 January 2009 – Borneo, Indonesia to backpack around Samarinda and up the Mahakam River into the old headhunting areas of East Kalimantan.

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The poorer the child, the happier they seem to be.

October 2008 – Vietnam to sightsee in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

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A normal sight in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)