I am WANDERING but I am not LOST

Sukkot is a time when Jews choose to eat outdoors and remember what it was like to wander in the desert. George and I have chosen to give up our home and wander in South East Asia. Right now, October 2012 during Sukkot we are nomads in Myanmar. My 45th birthday is on October 18. … Continued

Under the Matala Moon

I used to hang out at an open-air bar in downtown Athens.  In 1976 the place was a travelers’ gathering point, a spot where people would gather in the warm summer evenings to swap tales tall and short about life on the road.  One fine ouzo-soaked night I had the great good fortune to meet … Continued

Modern Russia: Touring with Style

Russia is a country that offers as much diversity and cultural richness as any nation on Earth. Getting around has never been easier or more convenient, and the sights in a nation that spans over ten time zones cannot possibly be described in in a few paragraphs.  When the old Soviet Union divested itself of … Continued

Cavemen on the Trisuli

I nearly died in Kathmandu one winter.  Or I certainly felt as if I was about to expire.  Walking in the new city one fine late winter morning, weak from dysentery and generally feeling the aftermath of months of travel, I found myself holding a telephone pole while traffic roared past on a wide boulevard, … Continued

Gorillaland by Greg Cummings

Greg Cummings’ Gorillaland describes a compelling and terrifying trip through the heart of Africa. The reader is treated to a cast of characters like individual strings in a Byzantine intrigue, from the pristine to the corrupt, to the archetypal and historical. When each is tightened into place and woven more completely together the story’s tapestry … Continued

Strolling through Chisinau (Moldova) on high heels

Being in Moldova was an adventure. I was working as a Journalist at the newspaper Аргументы и факты (Arguments and Facts) located in Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova.  During the preparation of my trip I couldn’t find relevant information about the country. There was almost no Western media coverage of Moldova. So I arrived … Continued

Should I Still Travel To ____? Taking Trips During Civil Unrest

First, a caveat.  I’m in the travel business, and not the armchair, I’ll-book-your-trip-for-you type. I lead trips myself.  Trips to Bali, where bombs killed tourists less than a decade ago; to Spain, where thousands rioted in the streets against austerity measures; to Egypt, where the recent US embassy attack marked the latest in a long … Continued

Traditional Siberian Apartment Building

Trans-Siberian Express – Part 5

Differences and Similarities in Siberian Homestays with Elena and Irina If you’ve been reading the series of post I’ve contributed to WeSaidGoTravel.com, then you’ve read about the Siberian hosts that I had at my Siberian homestays – Elena in Ekaterinburg and Irina in Irkutsk. If you haven’t read my previous posts, you might want to … Continued

From Lake to Lake

We’re very lucky, our family. We live on a lake, and enjoy all the seasons here (most especially the summer). Our days are spent in the rhythms of nature – gorgeous sunrises, color-streaked skies at sunset, foggy mornings, windy days, calm, still evenings. We are in touch with wildlife – herons stalk by, seeking a … Continued

In Westside Today: Local Brentwood Science Teacher Does Good

Thank you to  Amy Sommer for her article in Westside Today! I will be on NATIONAL TELEVISION on Saturday September 29 on KTLA’s Career Day. The article begins: On Saturday, September 29, 2012 KTLA’s “Career Day” will invite viewers in to science teacher Lisa Niver Rajna’s classroom and see first hand how she inspires her … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel