ON THE WRITE PATH: travel journal for Around-the-World in 2015, 16, 18.
For there are many paths.
A tlog. A travel blog. A keeping-track of my trials, er.. travels.
February 26, 2015 until ... June 18,2015.
January 12, 2016 until February 15, 2016.
November 13 to 30 2018
Will include: Hawai'i, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Untied Arab Emirates, Portugal, Norway, Ireland and... (2015) ... Norway and Estonia (2016), México (2018).
Vi får se.
All in the quest for ... ?
February 25, 2020 at 5:28am
All in the quest for ... ? I'm not on anyone else's quest. Just got a reply about my comment on Rick Steve's fb page re my not liking the crowds of Prague. Inez suggested that I go on a river cruise to 'manage the crowds' and really enjoy Prague. She missed the memo that "I don't like crowds" and I'm not interested in "managing" them. A week-long river cruise costs 2 to 3 thousand for 7 nights. I spent 1 thousand for a month in Taiwan... she d... [Read more]
Turkey rice and pork liver (Chiayi)
February 7, 2020 at 4:04am
"Money!" she shouted pointing to where I had dropped 100 NT$ on the floor. We laughed and then she helped me mark on a piece of paper what I pointed at behind the glass. I pay 115 NT$. Now two plates, one bowl and an offer of free broth. I respond with a gesture, "A little". Then two bowls move on their own over the hard smooth surface of the table, a mystery to me. Hot broth, warm turkey on rice, cold slices of pork liver (zhu gan), shredded ginger and a shrimp (xia) roll slic... [Read more]
Thankful in Jiufen
January 19, 2020 at 4:12am
I didn't do much yesterday... may do less today. I can now say thank-you in Atayal: Mhuy su! I'm working on Hakka and Taiwanese. Mandarin is Xiexie. Jenny at My Story Inn speaks English, Japanese, Mandarin, Hakka, Atayal and understands Taiwanese. She's awesome. Guests just arrived from Virginia and Nottingham. Staying in hostels exposes one to the world. It can be a beautiful place! Ronan put a plate for some type of nori covered crackers out. They disappeared... I&... [Read more]
Which day is it?
January 17, 2020 at 11:52pm
It's a bit confusing. It's almost 1 p.m. here in Jiufen, midnight at WDC, still the 17th in Montana going on 10. I'm never quite sure what day it is on good days. This trying to live in different time zones is disconcerting at best. The 17th... get up, eat my noodles, shower, pack, sit and write. Leave to Beimen to catch the bus... standing on the wrong side of the street... but finally getting on. NT$ 90. I heed the sign, a NT$ 1500 fine for not buckling up. I'm not... [Read more]
January 16, 2020 at 11:22pm
I didn't do much yesterday. Bought 10 pens of varied color ink. Bought postcards to send. It was a day to celebrate not being on a plane! I slept okay both nights. It's nice to comeback to a place I'm familiar with. Even though the name has changed, much of the staff is the same. The rooms, bed, showers, breakfast buffet... no changes that were evident to me. Today I'll travel to Jiufen for 4 days. I'll need to plan the next part of the trip. New Year's Day is the 25th... [Read more]
Go fish (Taipei)
January 15, 2020 at 10:14pm
Go fish ... I take a picture of the pink lady taking a picture ... as fish jump, as startled I jump, as water cascades over a rocky wall where the pothos hangs in silence, green and lime-green over ... a pool. The white, orange, calico carp are huge. We sit for breakfast. I hear English spoken at a distance, no western faces. One young girl stabs her happy face fry putting chops through each eye. I life my noodles, a taste of Taiwan. Cold scales and whiskers surface. Do they see... [Read more]
Along ancient trade route the Ottomans built
November 14, 2019 at 7:06pm
I saunter up narrow streets with barely a sidewalk, fearful that the traffic behind me will not yield to my age or roller bag. Local people just stride by confident, oblivious. I must be getting old. I need to trust. This is a town along ancient trade routes the Ottomans built. Life matters here. Stray cats and dogs know it. They rely upon the unrelenting kindness of human strangers. Why can't I? As I pass the local ice cream hang out, I promise myself to come back later. The prices... [Read more]
2019 Trip to Costa Rica and Europe August-October.
November 11, 2019 at 11:21pm
Nothing of note = no specific creative writing! May be plenty to note otherwise. I'll need them for other purposes. I took photos of most of the postcards. Over 30. NORWAY 21.avgust to Gary: nothing of poetic/prose note. 22.avgust to Nancy: nothing of note. 23.avgust to Mary: nothing of note. 25.avgust to McCormants: nothing of note. 26.avgust to Debi and Eric: nothing of note. CROATIA 1.rujan to Gary: "I'm sitting in an alley where local people are chatting... [Read more]
Dried monkey and a choir of angels (Yamagata, March 2015)
July 24, 2019 at 9:09pm
Dried monkey and a choir of angels 7月24日2019 Memories of Mintaro Hut in Yamagata, Japan, March 2015 Sato-san asked me to try some dried meat. The others were more skeptical. It tasted like dried meat, like beef jerky. It wasn't beef. It was monkey. Sato-san is one of the most gracious hosts I've ever met in my travels across the world. His table was often full of salty snacks and he would join the guests when he was free. Nobuki and other men chatted with... [Read more]
Not exactly a tourist nor a traveler
July 10, 2019 at 6:25pm
I've met many travelers and tourists. Tourists tend to be conventional. They've been to London, Paris and Rome, visited the churches, museums and monuments. Just as thousands of others have. They feel safest on a package tour. Even if they are adventure tourists seeking out a mountain, a zip-line, a dive into a blue lagoon... they only do what others have done before them. Few are true adventurers going off into the unknown. Travelers however... may not know what they are doing nex... [Read more]
July 6, 2019 at 1:29am
How to adequately express my trip to the Taipei Zoo? I went with my friend Allen. We took the MRT to the last stop on a threatening-to-rain 8th of February. They may have bred pigs back to the original inhabitants of Taiwan, but the people are still a delightful mix. But so many visitors 4 days into the New Year of the Pig! We walked down paths of orchids hanging from trees, past waterlilies and flamingos, ignored by camels and llamas. I took a picture of Allen as a llama. I have lot... [Read more]
I have neglected you. All of you. For far too long...
June 6, 2019 at 11:12pm
... so I going to try to rectify that by making at least one entry per week even if I not traveling. I should probably start with my last month-long trip to Taiwan? Places I visited: Taipei (Bitan, Yangmingshan, Taipei Zoo), Tainan, Kaohsiung, Miaoli (Zhunan, Miaoli, Nanzhuang), Jiufen (Shifen), Taipei (again), Chaiyi, Dongang (Dapeng), Zhiben, Hualien (Taroko) and finally back to Taipei. I stopped on night in Tokyo on the way down and even got to meet a friend! On the way back I was ... [Read more]
12th day of the 12th month in Costa Rica
December 13, 2018 at 11:15pm
I survived the three flights from Montana to Costa Rica. Great conversation with Mitch from Utah out of Salt Lake. Was given a seat in 1st Class for the overnight flight from Los Angeles. Arrived at 8 a.m., tired and wondering where Bryan was with no way to contact him. He was delayed but found me. He decided that I should stay in San José... so here I am. It was a bit of a shock to see David at the hostal because I thought he had sold it. Bryan and I rested a bit before he had to go home. ... [Read more]
Sunny day doing...
November 24, 2018 at 4:09pm
...nothing. I'm sitting on the couch practicing breathing. I'm geting better but any exertion sets me back. Soon I'll need to take a shower and leave. But... ...at this moment I'm enjoying the sun and the breeze. It's a very pleasant day. Breakfast was egg and chips and red sauce. Coffee with honey. Shaz, Michael, a woman from Germany and me chatted for over an hour. I read my Stephen Hawking poem and gave a copy of "This and every November" to Shaz and Micha... [Read more]
Shaz and Michael
November 22, 2018 at 10:57pm
Met a couple from New Zealand. Brightened me up these past two days. Yesterday, sick. Breakfast of egg and some kind of white sauce over tortilla chips. Not my favorite. Went to church to square to cathedral and back. Took a few photos but by then I was knackered. Couldn't stop coughing. Worn out doing anything. Even rested on couch to not keep others awake. Finally bought cough drops and went to see Fantastic Beasts. $30, about US$1.50. Yes, I like Scamander. He's Hufflepuff l... [Read more]
November 20, 2018 at 11:05pm
Okay... I'm sick. The bus ride was fairly pleasant. I sat at the front. Terminal however... far north of center. Two men helped me get on bus 53. Got off on Avenida 2 and 16 oriente. And walked. About 14 blocks. Blue sky! Could breathe. Lovely walk. It's always a great way to see the city. I was favorably impressed. At Vee Yuu, guy from Spain was gracious and gave up his lower bed. By 7 I was chilled and coughing too much. Not feeling well at all. ... [Read more]
November 18, 2018 at 11:01pm
Only 100.3 but that's high for me. Dry throat, difficulty breathing. No fun. Ate a mix of meat, nopal, avocado, chicharron, cheese on a green tortilla. Good but I have no apetite. Hostel is part of the problem. A DJ night means no quiet anywhere. I can even feel the distant pounding in my bed. Met a traveler from Scotland, a woman from Serbia. Would like to meet more people but I can't shout over the incessant beat. Bought 3 postcards, lost them, bought 4 more. ... [Read more]
November 17, 2018 at 10:33pm
17.noviembre.2018 Got up early enough to say goodbye to Leann (off to Cuba) and Jo (home to London). Lungs and body still complaining. 3 quesadillas, coffee, cereal. That's breakfast. Lunch was the chicken I didn't finish yesterday. Later, a steamed coffee/cheese bun and 3 donuts. Yesterday I saw a place that sells glasses, so I went back and got an exam (first in over 10 years). Unfortunately... it'll cost me more than advertised but still a good deal. $1.010 is about U... [Read more]
Short of breath
November 16, 2018 at 10:27pm
...could be the altitude (2.200 msnm) or the smog. Regardless, I have no energy, sneeze and feel yucky overall. My friend Alberth wrote me that he had nosebleeds when he visited. So, I did as little as possible. Walked to San Juan market where they sell scorpion, cockroach, crocodile, venison... Skipped those and bought 1/2 chicken for $65 on the way back. And that was that. A lost day. ... [Read more]
November 16, 2018 at 1:05am
Casa Pepe had good ratings... like 9.5. So... walked right to the door at 86 Uruguay. Reception is on second floor (British system 0-1-2). Room on 1st floor, lower bed. Very comfortable bed and I loved the curtain (privacy and darkness). Didn't do much. Way too tired. Found an awesome pastry shop, Ideal, that is incredibly cheap and carries unimaginable varieties. Awesome. I took my cards with me. Richard Kluck (California) chose the Oklahoma one. *** Watching man making a papie... [Read more]
On the way to México
November 15, 2018 at 12:58am
The day before: drama. Had to move plants from Senior Center on no notice. Now in a north window where I live. Got Lochsa pothos back to her. Planted daffodils after dark. Potted two rescued geraniums as well. Rescued cannas sitting in paper bags. Watered everything. Cleaned very little. Unplugged things. What did I forget? Does it matter... Called for ride. Checked in and filled out form for México. Made copies. To bed late, around midnight, after a shower. Set alarm for 03:50.... [Read more]
In Missoula... missed the hurricane.
October 14, 2018 at 2:10pm
O furacão Leslie castigou a região entre Lisboa e o Porto. Eu me pergunto como Nazaré sobreviveu. (Hurricane Leslie battered the region between Lisbon and Porto. I wonder how Nazaré survived.) I've been to the region that was hit: Nazaré, Alcobaça, Coimbra, Porto. Even inland north and east. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5BRIGxZFqc... [Read more]
Where I have traveled, stayed and visited. Over 166 places.
October 13, 2018 at 7:10pm
These are the COUNTRIES and places I have stayed in or (visited). Costa Rica is divided into the 7 cantons. *stayed in 1974 only, **lived there. (San José in 1974 and Pérez Zeledún in 2012) ALBANIA (1+0) Shkoder AUSTRALIA (4+0) Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Wangi Wangi AUSTRIA (2+0) Graz, Wien BELGIUM (1+1) Brugge (Ghent) BULGARIA (1+0) Sofia COSTARICA (44+53) LIMON: (7+2) Limón, Parismina, Barra del Colorado*, Cahuita, Hone Creek, Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo (C... [Read more]
30 day blog challenge (fiction): Day 5 Georgetown, Guyana.
August 6, 2017 at 2:29am
Port of Spain (POS) There is nothing quite like sitting in an airport... BUT... I found a nice spot in the 24 hour restaurant. Just a bit of a hidey-hole and I'm good! I'll catch a snooze. I decided on a window seat. Short one hour flight at 6 in the morning. Coffee before 5. Georgetown No visa needed. No hassles. Guesthouse Guyana Paradises... right in front of the park. Well... at the corner of Barima and Campbell in a bright white house with a balcony. ... [Read more]
30 day blog challenge (fiction): Day 4 flights to Guyana
August 4, 2017 at 4:25pm
Oh... don't even ask... It's 2 a.m. and my flight leaves at 5:40... Who needs sleep... right... RIGHT... It's going to be a looooong-asssss day. Like 23 hours long. Last time I did something this stupid it was Melbourne to Cape Town. Swore I wouldn't do it again... So... Minneapolis then Fort Lauderdale then Port of Spain where I'll sleep on the floor... if they let me... (flashbacks of Los Angeles...) Early flight to Georgetown... like a hummingbird... the m... [Read more]