Laos and the Good Old Days

My minivan driver cursed in Thai as we rolled to a stop somewhere between Chiang Mai and Vientiane, Laos. The engine gave up halfway through our 14-hour journey. There we sat in the dark, hostages of some unnamed place where only mosquitoes and their food live. We...
Ayutthaya and the Missing Buddha Heads

Ayutthaya and the Missing Buddha Heads

We travel to learn and discover new things. For instance, until recently, I had no idea why there are so many headless Buddha statues in Ayutthaya, Thailand, and the rest of Southeast Asia. But more on that later. I love the overnight trains in Thailand. As Paul...

The Nazca Lines of Peru

“A man with no expectations is never disappointed.” I wish I would have kept those words from Lao Tzu in mind when I went slightly out of my way to Nazca, Peru, where some bored Nazca people scratched interesting geoglyphs into the desert outside of town...
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

My legs were still a little sore from our hike down the tracks when the alarm went off at 4:15 a.m. Those who know me know that there are very few things in this world of ours that will make me leave a warm, dry bed so early. The motivation this time was the extremely...

Valley of the Kings

I quickly stuffed my small Nikon camera back into my front pocket when the angry voice reverberated off the stone walls around me. My friend had just gotten busted taking pictures of the walls inside one of the tombs, and now the Bedouin man that “guards”...