The Reeds of Huanchaco, Peru

The Reeds of Huanchaco, Peru

NOTE: This work, written originally as fiction and published in a now-defunct North Carolina literary magazine, WORDS OF WISDOM, has been modified to better recreate our travelers’ reality at the time these events took place in 1979.  A singular experience may give us a tantalizing glimpse of the Garden of Eden, but we are eventually … Continued

Tirta Empul

A visit to the Holy Springs of Tirta Empul

A visit to the holy springs of Tirta Empul is a glimpse inside Bali’s spiritual heart. Almost devoid of tourists but brimming with locals come to take the holy waters, Tirta Empul is at once crowded, joyful, raucous, and deeply uplifting. Tirta Empul, the “Ganges” of Bali, is a centuries-old place of purification. The legend … Continued

The Philippines: 100 Travel Tips

The Philippines, one of the gems in Southeast Asia, is becoming a very popular tourist destination. The Philippines has 7,107 islands and so many provinces scattered across the western Pacific Ocean – and each has its own culture. But where to start your travel planning?   The Philippines: 100 Travel Tips is an insider’s guide … Continued

Western Crepes For Breakfast At Bangkok? Seriously?

When it comes to Bangkok, western cuisine such as crepes might not be the first thing that comes to your mind. But having taken Thai food for the past few days, I craved for something different. A quick browse through the internet revealed lots of positive feedbacks and coverages on Crepes and Co so I decided to … Continued

The Demise of Machu Picchu

  1) The Intihuatana – Notice the crack in the upper post from the Peruvian beer commercial film shoot a few years ago: Photo by Shawn Herring The first time I visited the famous “lost city” in 1978 my travel companions and I disembarked from a local train at a one-room rail depot in a … Continued

The 1972 Managua Earthquake: A City Destroyed

  In 1972 an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck Nicaragua and destroyed its capital city, Managua.  The events following this devastating natural disaster contributed greatly to the Sandinista Revolution a few years later.  I visited Nicaragua at the beginning of the civil war.  My first inkling of trouble occurred at the border, where … Continued

A Night on the Afghani Border

I traveled by Ford Econoline van from Athens to Kabul in 1976.  In total I spent 7 weeks in Afghanistan after arriving in the capital city, traveling by public bus, hitchhiking, and by arranging rides with truckers.  I did some trekking and travel by horseback, too. When my travel companions and I checked out of … Continued

Ethiopia: Harar in Chaos

  Harar street scene: Photo by Jack McGory The hyenas circled the perimeter of the alley, audibly gnashing their teeth and giving voice to low, guttural growls.  Their feet padded softly on the dirt, but the animals’ smell overwhelmed even the fetid stink from the narrow alleyway, where night soil from an open sewage canal … Continued

Jamaica: Reggae Nation

Think rum, reggae beats and full on sunshine–welcome to a holiday in Jamaica! Sitting firmly in the Caribbean, this is the perfect destination for a chilled-out holiday to remember. Brimming with top-class all-inclusive hotels, this is a break that you may think costs the earth, but in reality, it’s more affordable than you realise. Flights … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel