Taiwan: Rainbow at Kenting

We drove past a typhoon-torn fish farm, an oyster-embedded island and a highway lined with betel nut kiosks to reach the southernmost tip of Taiwan, Kenting National Park. By the time our car was skirting the coastline, it was midday and the sun kissed every cantle of the earth. As the car pressed onwards, my … Continued

Chiang Mai: The Ancient Ruins of Wiang Kum Kam

My husband and I are two penny-pinchers who managed to save up and fly from San Francisco to Thailand. But what happened when we arrived in Chiang Mai and found that many of the city’s popular attractions were out of our budget? We went underground. Wiang Kum Kam is one of Chiang Mai’s hidden attractions, … Continued

Halloween Special: The Land of Dracula

With Halloween knocking on our doors, I got to thinking of…Dracula. Oh wait, in fact , I got to thinking of the real places where the real Vlad Tepes lived and ruled. Now let’s look at some historical facts. Vlad Tepes (the Impaler) has been “confused” with the blood-sucking vampire Dracula thanks to Bram Stocker’s … Continued

To Cairo

My first glimpse of Egypt is from a dewy ship balcony at dawn. Sunlight peeks through lavender clouds and drizzles onto the blurry coast; a peaceful entrance into what is supposed to be a country suffering social upheaval. We dock in Port Said, which hosts what is by far the eeriest silence I’ve experienced in … Continued

Australian Animals

Australia has been one of our favorite countries, continents and cultures to visit. From snow capped mountains, ancient rain forest, red deserts and ever crashing oceans all around it, Australia is a top spot for exploring and finding wildlife. My husband Chris and I lived in Australia for about two years and the ability to … Continued

Deadly Morocco: Time Wounds All Heels

“I learnt the satisfaction which comes from hardship and the pleasure which springs from abstinence,” -Wilfred Thesiger, Arabian Sands, 1959 My son Walker wants to join me on an adventure in Morocco. I propose a rash undertaking, a trek to the Riff Mountains, the Mediterranean coastal range where the grass is greener, so they say… … Continued

Pondicherry: Memories of a College

JIPMER, my alma mater, is one of 3 Premier Institutes in India for Medicine. It is located in the quaint former French Colony of Pondicherry on the East coast of India. The acronym stands for Jawarhalal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research. I graduated from here in 1999 and throughout those five long years … Continued

Couchsurfing in Langkawi, Malaysia

With 8 dogs and 37 cats, Jeff’s house is not your typical couch surfing pad. We’d been couchsurfing in Australia and New Zealand, but this was only my second time trying it in Asia. I was a bit nervous because of the cultural differences, but wanted to try it anyway. It would be an adventure, … Continued

Indiana: It Is Here

Suddenly I am there. My end destination lies less than a mile ahead, but this is the piece that will take me there, the piece that has gotten me this far. Without anxiety I move forward. Each movement welling a memory within me. Each passed feature cherished as an old friend. It is here that … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel