So soon. The routine. Did that other thing really happen? Did I really do that? Go around the world. Was it a long time ago? No? A few days ago you say…I’m already forgetting. I did. Go around the world. It was—in today’s vernacular—awesome. Actually it was just plain awesome. But when I started to catch up on diary entries for those days and weeks away they had already slipped into past tense,… Read More

This post was begun on September 10th, already five days in the past. (If only my body would acknowledge that I’ve moved on to a different time zone I would be a very very happy person.)  The ferry ride, 26 hours across the Yellow Sea, was a perfect microcosm of most travel experiences. A mix of dismay, disappointment, discovery, and delight as it’s happening; hindsight that identifies it as one of the… Read More

Travel is like this. Wake up weary. Still a day to go before the last push to Country #100. Then Home. Weary. But this is today. A little homemade (Nescafe and the hot water tap) coffee and the slow walk to breakfast. Not so much enthusiasm for this day. Is it gray because of being overcast generally or what percentage is smog? I’ll think most is overcast from real clouds and that… Read More

Home now. Happy to be here. Happy to have been a traveler for the last six weeks. Fell behind on my ‘reporting’ because of lack of internet access for the last couple of weeks. I’ll catch up this evening and over the next day or two with photo albums from Beijing, ferry to Seoul, Seoul and (maybe) a disjointed rant, “Delta Done” before I actually feel DONE.  But now…back to Beijing. By… Read More

This was written a few days ago now, between Ulan Bator and Beijing. It’s another train story…and truly I do so love these long distance trains. One emerges a bit grumpy and grubby and banged around and exhausted and ever so pleased with oneself. Why is that? I LOVE THESE SNAKY BUMPY CREATURES.  Another day another train another moment of gazing at world going by outside my window and being very very… Read More

Since I was Google-less in China (Have I complained enough about that now?) and couldn’t post pictures, here’s an album from the Great Wall and Ming Tomb Day. That perfect sunny day in and around Beijing, China. What are the odds, me who likes rain so much, actually getting to see the views from the Great Wall…which is indeed GREAT. Wow. As I said in a post somewhere it makes me want… Read More

I will return with travel photo blogs from Seoul since Google-censorship is only partially get-aroundable in Beijing. And yes, censorship does suck. I cannot declare the journey quite over because it is afternoon in my hutong hotel in Beijing, China—which is still a long way from Albuquerque, USA. However…wherever that pesky travel bug resides in my body, it has definitely been anesthetized for the time being…whatever it needed me to use to… Read More

Contrary to popular perception—at least my previous perception—Beijing is not a smog-choked city of soul-less gray buildings. I’m sure there are days and streets that would fit that description but today is certainly was not one of them. As on this whole trip the weather continues to be the sunny perfection of late summer/early fall in temperate climates. The occasional chill and rain has intruded but ever so seldom. In fact the… Read More