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2007 — I took a leap of faith and traveled to South Korea that year. My first friend in Korea and neighbor was also born in 1979 on 10-09. 2013 — Hanguel (Korean Language) Day became a national holiday that year. Thereafter I found it easier to schedule parties or trips on my birthday so…

Just Dates?

1979: I was born on the same day, October 9, that historians agree Hanguel, the Korean language, was proclaimed in 1446, which was also the day on which Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna was assassinated by Bolivian agents working under the order of the US CIA, in 1967. 1985: I took my first Tae…

Colombo by Tuk Tuks

Sri Lanka — December 22 – 29, 2017 My last journey in 2017 found me in Colombo — the capital of Sri Lanka. I was there to enjoy some time off from work, and visit friends Damith and Craig. To wrap my head around the journey I watched Anthony Bourdain’s Sri Lankan episode of Parts…

I Forgot Where I Am

Saudi Arabia is unique in that it currently restricts women from driving, and limits their movement in public places without a male custodian. In Saudi Arabia, usually at prayer time stores close their doors and draw the blinds and cease operation. Restaurants, however, allow diners to eat, but they stop taking orders and serving food….

The Embassy?

I was standing across the street from the US Embassy filming a time-lapse video of the sunrise. A police officer approached me after he observing me over the course of about ten minutes. He asked to see my passport, which I surrendered and he radioed my number to another officer on the other end of…

2017 … So Far

I had been working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia since August 2016. I hadn’t been to the capital city, Riyadh, yet. However, things soon changed for me. Dammam is only a thirty minute car ride from Bahrain. On weekends I made my way to Bahrain’s capital city, Manama.   In late January I took a trip…

That Dude

I had a layover in Tokyo, Japan. I was excited to be there of course. After all, it’s Japan — home of Sega, Sony, Mt. Fuji, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and Ramen noodles. Even though my impression of the Japanese as reserved and conservative was pretty well warranted, I found after close inspection that their culture,…

Cusco

The night I arrived in Cusco, the moon hung lonely in the sky. I was so talen by the view that I asked the taxi driver to pull over so that I could take a photo. I am glad I did. 

Old Havana

Old Havana is better maintained than the rest of Havana. I was confused as to why it was called ‘old’ Havana because much of the rest of Havana is in dire need of attention and looks much older.  I found the dark skinned women who smoke large cigars, who are emblematic of Cuba. I found…

Support for The Cuban People

During my stay in Cuba, I slept in a room at a home in Havana that was clean and well equipped with A/C and a fan. There was also a refrigerator stocked with six bottles of water which due to the heat I drank swiftly over my first couple of days. Breakfast was provided for…

From Mexico City to Havana

Before I hopped on a plane destined for Cuba I did a lot of research about traveling there. I watched many YouTube videos by Americans who had visited the country post-Obama. President Obama made it possible for Americans to travel to Cuba without our government’s written approval. Unfortunately, the target audience of many of those videos…

Along The Way

Here is a list of the people I met while hiking to the summit of Machu Picchu. Sure, there were plenty more people, but these are thise that stand out. 1) There was a 12 y/o boy from Sao Paulo who hiked to montaña Machu Picchu with his mother. He complained about the problems in…