TIME AND PLACE

 Saturday, April 9 2011: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/world/africa/10ivory.html?hpThings are not good in Cote d’Ivoire which in its heyday was called “The Paris of Africa.” The battles between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara are turning...

Paul Theroux has a brilliant piece in the Times travel section today. Why We Travel.  And, as usual, travel addict Theroux gets it right. It is about knowing and feeling the places...

In 1989 I quit my relatively secure government job and, with the meager retirement funds accumulated over 10 years, hit the road. The two-month trip took me to professional meetings in...

 The bus to Bujumbura is loading. And I am on it. I know I mention this often but my brother and I have sometimes complained  of missing the highs and even the...

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the way to Zanzibar. This visit happened in 2010 but was left out when the book was published so I will launch 2011 with some of...

 The lion sleeps tonight…and eats today LIONS. Big tawny strongly-muscled beasts whose babies make delightful characters in children’s books, whose pelts were sought by Teddy Roosevelt, whose deaths by spear were...

The moments after the moments Hotel El Farouk  Crankiness is a basic travel mood as anyone who has ever read Paul Theroux knows. Ah yes, there is that first euphoria of...

Here to There In 36 hours I went from my apartment in one low-to-the-ground, brown, sprawling river city to my hotel in another low-to-the-ground, brown, sprawling river city. Albuquerque to Bamako....

To travel widely is to feel at home in the world—at least this is the effect travel is having on me. Growing up in an isolated cabin in the snows of...

The nice thing about little out of the way hotels is that they have few high-tech controls on anything. So my room can be turned on freezing at night and a...