Pictures of my recent trip to Gwillim Lakes in Valhalla Provincial Park: The Locals were very friendly… …If a bit skittish. But don’t let the pretty pictures fool you the weather was bitterly cold (just above freezing!) cloudy and wet. But despite the miserable weather the place is absolutely stunning! Here are the rest of... Continue Reading →
I am back from my camping trip to Gwillim lakes. My concerns about fires were completely unfounded; despite the fact that it has been very hot and exceptionally dry for most of the summer, the one week I go camping it was wet and cold. Very, very, cold. Much colder than any August should be.... Continue Reading →
I am off for a week of camping in Valhalla Provincial park. Gwillim Lakes to be precise. Hopefully there will be lots of beautiful scenery and great photo opportunities… and no fires.
I am back from a wonderful week on the Oregon coast. I promise to post some pictures as soon as I can go through the hundreds of pictures we took. On another note I realized something as I was driving home yesterday. Our trip to the Oregon coast may have included driving for almost 2000... Continue Reading →
… and going to the Oregon coast for a week. Be back soon, hopefully with some pretty pictures I can post.
Well I've been back home for a few days now and am slowly catching up with everything that I missed while I was away. Expect more posts in the next few days.
I am off Israel for just under 3 weeks, so I wont be posting with any frequency until I return. Also while I am away all comments will be held for moderation until I can approve them (which may take several days), to prevent the increasing amount offensive tasteless spam from appearing sullying this otherwise... Continue Reading →
Cuba was an amazing (though expensive) place to travel. We started out in Varadero, a boring beach resort town... at the Hotel International, which had an interesting nightly Cabaret show. Thankfully we only stayed two nights in Varadero, before heading to La Habana, the most interesting city I have ever been to. A city of... Continue Reading →
I am off to Cuba to congratulate Fidel on his miraculous recovery. Ill be gone for just over two weeks, and hopefully ill be able to post some pictures during my travels. If not you will have to wait for my return. Of course if I get to close to Guantanamo, I may never return...
I finally made it home, and the jet lag is almost gone. The flight back was quite comfortable... at least compared to travel in SE Asia; the seats were comfortable, there was lots of leg room, there were no chickens, it was great. What was not great was the 12 hours we had to spend... Continue Reading →
On one of our last days in Bangkok we went to Ocean World, an brand new aquarium in the brand new Siam Paragon Sopping mall. There were so many incredible under water animals, it was just like snorkeling. for those of you that were disappointed that we were unable to take any underwater pictures from... Continue Reading →
Our travels are coming to an end. We spent the last few days on the beach in southern Cambodia, near Sihanoukville. The weather was warm (maybe a little too warm), the sea was warm and inviting, and I had a good book to read; what could be better? It was a great relaxing way to... Continue Reading →
That's right folks there is no denying it: I am going to be a millionaire. I feel all giddy inside just saying it. And how do I know that I will be ridiculously rich? Because I had my fortune told, and with news like that who wouldn't believe their fortune.
The ruins of Angkor are incredible. From Angkor Wat (the worlds largest religious building)... to countless faces of the Bayon... and the countless smaller (but no less impressive) temples, each temple has enough detailed stone carvings to leave you speechless. Some temples are fighting a loosing battle against the invading jungle... while some are simply... Continue Reading →
We made it to Siem Reap in Cambodia! I was a little concerned about the flying with an airline that does not make its safety records publicly available (I wonder what they are hiding), and which several NGOs and foreign governments advise their staff not to use, but everything about Lao Airlines was well above... Continue Reading →
Shady Travel agencies are everywhere in South East Asia, and experienced travelers can spot them a mile away, but for those of you that are still a little green here are a few points that will help you spot these dubious establishments. First some background on our specific situation. We are in Pakse in Southen... Continue Reading →
Si Phan Don is in the extreme south of Laos along the Cambodian boarder, where the Mekong suddenly and for no good reason fans out and forms an intricate set of 4000 islands (I counted them all and there really is 4000!). Life here continues at a traditional pace: very very slowly. There is not... Continue Reading →
To get to Pakse (where we are now, in Southern Laos) we had the most hellish travel day of the entire trip... well maybe Death Hwy was worse... but this was longer. The day started out at 4:30 am when we were awakened by a large storm. Lightning was so frequent that the sky was... Continue Reading →
The Na Hin river is like many other small streams in South East Asia, except for the fact that it flows through a 7.5Km cave under a mountain. It is possible to take a motorized canoe through the cave. Those that have been following my travels on this site may remember my almost unhealthy fascination... Continue Reading →
Watch out these things pack a wallop! I guess this is one way to instill a fear of mosquitoes, and lower malaria rates.
A few days ago we visited the mysterious plain of jars near Phonsavan in Northern Laos. The area is full of huge stone jars made by an unknown ancient Asian civilization. Local legend says that the jars were made by giants to store large amounts of lao lao rice whiskey, which I think is very... Continue Reading →
From ENN "Myanmar has signed an agreement with a Thai company to build a hydropower plant on Southeast Asia's longest free-flowing river, the Salween, state-run media reported Tuesday... Opponents of Myanmar's ruling junta say the dam construction will likely involve forced labor. When the dams are built and surrounding land flooded, it could also lead... Continue Reading →
After Pak Ou waterfall we stopped at a village along the Mekong that is famous for making various kinds of Lao Lao (rice whiskey). You can have your pick of snake, gecko or scorpion. Snake whiskey goes down smooth; like a slithering serpent down your throat, gecko whiskey has legs; much like a good glass... Continue Reading →
We saw a tiger today. She was beautiful, and she pounced at us. Luckily for us there was a fence between us and the tiger. This tiger was 'rescued' from poachers (they killed her mother), and now must spend its entire life in a cage with tourists like us gawking and taking pictures. Not much... Continue Reading →
The ride from Vientiane was quite the adventure. The winding Hwy 13 has seen its fair share of violent attacks in the last few years, although I Imagine that more deaths have occurred by buses with faulty breaks driving of the road, tumbling down the steep mountains. This almost happened to us a few times,... Continue Reading →
Imperialism can have lasting impacts on countries that were subject to foreign rule for many years; but none are as profound as…... baguettes. Fresh baked baguettes Of all the things the French did in Laos the by far the tastiest was the introduction of fresh baked baguettes. Fresh baked baguettes are almost a staple food... Continue Reading →
Laos was a mistake. The French screwed up and added an 's' to the end of Lao. The people of Lao never said anything, and the mistake was spread and now the whole western world calls this place Laos, instead of Lao. We are now in Vientiane, the Lao capital. It does not feel like... Continue Reading →
Well we are still in Bangkok... but not for long (I mean it this time). We were going to go to Laos yesterday, but instead I spent the day recovering from a very bad massage. I could not turn my head to the left without lots of pain in my back... I missed all the... Continue Reading →
I have. He was bumming around Khao San when I ran into him. Of all the people I know, I guess he was the most likely person to bump into, as he was also traveling around S.E. Asia, but I was under the impression that our schedules were not going to cross so we would... Continue Reading →
There are not supposed to be any elephants in Bangkok. These poor animals seemed terrified... they do not belong in the city. Their owners were selling food so you could feed the elephants, and were even trying to charge people for taking pictures. The problem is that most of these elephants have no work (other... Continue Reading →
Traveling by train, is so refined so classy, so distinguished... or at least that is what I thought. We decided to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok by train... it was to be a grand voyage. To get to Bangkok from Kuala Lumpur requires a train change at Hat Yai (just north of the boarder).... Continue Reading →