HANOI—Hanoi! The very word sounds exotic, doesn’t it? I arrived Oct 15 after a—I kid you not—26-hour bus ride from Vientiane to Hanoi. And just as all happy families are alike, all awful bus rides in Southeast Asia share miseries. In this case, the points of common awfulness include: A long trip over bad, Read More
When crossing the border to Cambodia on a visa run, I’m reminded that things are nebulous in the frontier regions.
Woke up this morning in another hotel, this time in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For an instant, before the vertiginous sense of unfamiliarity set in, I had the distinct impression I was in a place that I remembered. It felt safe, secure, like I knew where everything was, and who was about. The impression only, Read More
If one is going to be on the road for 2+ years, one has to a) travel light or b) have a strong back. I chose the former, and I thought it might be interesting to show what I travel with. When it comes to electronics gear, I’m not going to go into the, Read More
39000 FEET ABOVE PAKISTAN, ON EMIRATES FLIGHT 516 TO NEW DELHI—And so, it begins. This is going to be my last plane trip for quite a while, if I can help it. And it marks a fundamental closure of a difficult and tumultuous chapter in my life, but it also marks the beginning of, Read More