July 23, 2013

On to Khujand, Tajikistan

October 15, 2012 Another early morning wake up and we were off to Tajikistan. When we arrived at the border, it was completely deserted with the exception of a few locals just hanging around. The strange thing about this particular border crossing is that Uzbek and Tajik citizens can’t use it – it is only […]

July 15, 2013

Southeast Asia photos

I’ve uploaded the 1,500+ photos from my winter trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand here. A sample follows… Hanoi, Vietnam Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Mekong Delta, Vietnam Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam Choeung Ek Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Phnom Penh, Cambodia Rural Cambodia Angkor Thom Temple, Cambodia […]

July 11, 2013

Photos from Central Asia (yes, finally!)

I’ve finally gotten around to uploading the nearly 2,900 photos I took on my three week trip to Central Asia. You can check them out here. Next up, my photos from Southeast Asia. And perhaps within the next 20 years or so I will find the time to actually write about these trips. Until then, […]

February 8, 2013

Uzbekistan: From Tashkent to the Fergana Valley

October 13-14, 2012 After 16+ hours of being stuffed like a sardine in a can (but with free German beer!), I landed in Tashkent around 10pm. It took two hours to clear passport control and customs, so I didn’t arrive to my hotel until around midnight. Instead of going directly to bed, like any sane […]

February 5, 2013

POTD: Khujand’s Panjshanbe Market

Working on a longer write up of this trip (and boy, is it taking a while) but in the meantime here is one photo I took of the Panjshanbe Market in Khujand (formerly Leninabad), Tajikistan. The market’s name, Panjshanbe, means “Thursday” in Farsi, a leftover moniker from the Silk Route era when Khujand was a […]

October 12, 2012

Off to the ‘Stans

Just a super quick note before I head off to the airport. For the next three weeks I will be traveling around Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. So after a few years of being stuck stateside, I will finally have some new content and photos for this blog. (Courtesy WikiTravel)

September 26, 2012

Travel Wishlist: Borneo

South East Asia is another area of the world that is high on my travel wishlist. I’ve never traveled to this particular corner of the world, and my previous travels to Asia have been confined to China and North Korea. Thankfully, I will finally make it to South East Asia this upcoming December and January, […]

September 5, 2012

Crater Lake National Park

A few weeks ago we drove down to south-central Oregon for a long weekend in Bend and Crater Lake. Bend has a lot of excellent breweries (Deschutes, 10 Barrel, etc) and Crater Lake is, well, Crater Lake. It’s been on my to-do list for a few years, and despite the amazing images of the lake […]

August 14, 2012

Machine guns, Mao, and the Great Wall: Three Days in Beijing

When it comes to traveling to North Korea, most, if not all, roads lead to Beijing. The majority of flights to Pyongyang leave out of Beijing, and it is likely that your tour operator will require you to attend an orientation briefing the day prior to departure. Since I had never been to China prior […]

July 15, 2012

POTD: Prague Main Railway Station

If I had to name one thing that I missed the most about Europe, it would have to be the rail network. Yes, we have passenger rail service in the United States, but Amtrak can’t even compare to Germany’s Deutsche Bahn or the United Kingdom’s National Rail. For instance, the top speed on Amtrak’s “high-speed” […]

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