Touring around Amed and Traveling to Tulamben

Touring around Amed and Traveling to Tulamben July 24, 2012- We rented a Motorbike and traveled from Deddy’s Bungalows to Lipah with a black sand beach. See the view from SAILS  and then we went snorkeling on the Japanese Wreck near Amed. The wreck is a famous dive site but not as famous as the … Continued

Trans-Siberian Express – Part 3

Ekaterinburg – Irkutsk In Part 2 of my posts about the Trans-Siberian Express train, Kay and I crossed the Ural Mountains to Ekaterinburg, thereby entering Siberia, a huge region  of 5.1 million square miles or 13.1 million square kilometers that covers most of North Asia, as well as all of the central and eastern parts … Continued

Musings of a Nomad: Candidasa to the Gilis

Sometimes I wake up and you think I know what your day will be like. But often I am wrong. We left Amed after staying at Bali Amed for seven nights and returned to Tulamben. George and I have a rule about not eating in empty restaurants but we had spent nearly three weeks in … Continued

The Cham People and their Towers

I was fascinated to learn about the Cham, or Champa people of Vietnam.  Some theories state the ethnic group originally arose in Borneo and immigrated to Southeast Asia.  In the long run this may have not been such a wise move. They were victims of Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia and are ill-treated elsewhere in … Continued

Help Wanted: Una Compagna di Giochi (Playmate)

(Names changed to protect the guilty) It all began with a heating bill. One Tuesday morning in April at the end of the school semester, while my roommate was preparing to move back to Amsterdam and I was preparing to spend the rest of the year in Florence, we heard our landlord traipsing up the … Continued

Life at Massanga Hospital

Sierra Leone A Wonder of the Earth

It was late in the evening when the plane touched down and the doors opened; that was it…………my first smell of Africa; a warm and comforting scent of spices and soil. In March 2011 I travelled to Sierra Leone with the maternal health charity ‘Life for African Mothers’. All I knew of Sierra Leone was … Continued

Lima, City on a Binge

National Geographic Magazine once called Lima “a city on a binge.”  This was during the heady days of the 1970s and oddly prophetic of decades to come.  In the early days, the capital of Peru was still a run-down post-colonial town.  Street vendors choked the downtown old city, whose structures reeled from centuries of decay. … Continued

Amused in Amed

AMUSED IN AMED There have been many times when travel has been the right life choice for me but so many people say, “You are leaving again? That is just not normal!” It has seemed unusual that I have spent so many years working at sea or on the road with George, but it is … Continued

Fear & Loathing In Cambodia

Author’s Note:  The events in this story took place during my first visit to Cambodia in 1993 when the country was under the control of UNTAC or the United Nations Transitional Authority In Cambodia.  At that time UNTAC was attempting to organize the country’s first democratic elections after the ravages of the Khmer Rouge which … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel