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ON THE WRITE PATH: travel journal for Around-the-World in 2015, 16, 18.
For there are many paths.

Visitor's Center of Woolaroc in Oklahoma, Osage Nation. Tribute to Native America.



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
... 2019, 2020...

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. *Delight*

"Where I have traveled, stayed and visited. Over 178 places.
Yellow cheer from sarah

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Airplane etiquette for the Bard
June 10, 2021 at 11:57pm
You have an opportunity to distribute an etiquette primer to every passenger on your next commercial flight. What does it say? 1. Be courteous. None of us are getting off this flight without the others. Courtesy may vary according to custom. Know where you are going and be aware that passengers fly both ways. 2. Follow the rules. Do what the stewards or pilot tells you to do. Arguments are best settled in court, not at 30,000 feet in the air. Safety is truly their #1 concern. 3. Be p... [Read more]
One can leave home without leaving home... said the Bard.
June 5, 2021 at 9:43pm
In the last two days I visited Hungary, Syria and Lithuania before taking a flight home from Poland. It started in Buda... or was it Pest? Yesterday I talked to a lady feeding cats, visited the grandeur that once was Buda... and still is. I crossed the bridge to Margaret Island and watched the musical fountain for what seemed like hours. It must've been only 45 minutes. {embed:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTdDPGgSkQ4} We talked about how BudaPest was a blue dot in a sea of re... [Read more]
A year playing dead [62]
April 30, 2021 at 9:23pm
A year playing dead 2019 was the year that travel died. 2020 is a gift that just keeps giving. Bad enough to have a pandemic, it gave an opportunity for the wealthy to win the war on the poor and the righteous the right to enforce their rights over others. Me? From 2009 till 2019 I traveled to over 40 countries. In January 2020 I went to Taiwan, barely getting back before borders closed. I canceled my trip to Spain. I have gone nowhere for 14 months. I acknowledge that I'm a bit bit... [Read more]
Cultural mistakes in a haiku
March 6, 2021 at 7:38pm
I am traveled enough to pick up what I perceive to be cultural mistakes... I'm not always right; but, it's a common mistake in literature when writing about something or someone you know nothing about. E.g. unless you have eaten durian you probably shouldn't write about it. For the non-traveler... how many times have you stopped when reading and exclaimed, "s/he wouldn't say that!" because you know the culture, language, history or have the common-sense to know that a... [Read more]
On the beach [JI#8]
March 15, 2021 at 11:14pm
For: On the Beach ON THE BEACH Waves crash at high tide I toss and turn beside you I was raised between lakes of cold and colder water. I don't like cold water or muddy green water or ... most wild water. I like a hot bath! But when I first saw the ocean in Manuel Antonio... warm waters, real sand, I was overwhelmed. I wept on the beach that night, mesmerized by the siren song of the sea, the Southern Cross overhead inviting me to drown my sorrows. waves c... [Read more]
Battle of Angels [JI#7]
March 15, 2021 at 11:57pm
For: Battle of Angels BATTLE OF ANGELS the outside world fades old men bow to the Source of All Being Mother Teresa ascends in the southeast transept of the blazing white Albanian Catholic cathedral. In Prishtina, she stands stiff along the mall that bears her name. An outline in the plaza marks where she was raised in Skopje. Three nations embrace her, call her their own. Born in comfort, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu chose to be poor. She enriched all she touched. ... [Read more]
Invisible lines (Battlefield Earth) [JI#6]
March 15, 2021 at 11:24pm
For: Battlefield Earth INVISIBLE LINES spinning top a bauble on a string descends from heaven Tourists in Capetown speak in various voices that ascend to the flat mountain top by way of a rotating cable car, walk around looking down, gazing at the town below them, the spance of sea, the hyrax sunning on a rock. They descend to the streets of seething calm having learned nothing from this alien world aloft of what awaits below. spinning top a bauble on a st... [Read more]
Shape of water [JI#5]
March 15, 2021 at 8:05pm
For: The Shape of Water SHAPE OF WATER sparkle in the bay on a plate, fish with mushy peas The porpoise Fungie teased the visitors to An Daingean (Dingle) from 1983 to 2020. I wasn't blessed to see him when I visited in 2015 but I was amazed by the number of small boats hugging the harbor. And I loved the fish served with mushy peas at the diner on Sráid na Trá. This small brightly painted village lives on water. From MacCarthy's bar to the craftwoman fa... [Read more]
And Bobo makes three (Invention of love) [JI#4]
March 15, 2021 at 11:05pm
For: The Invention of Love AND BOBO MAKES THREE sand sifting through clasped fingers sunset then dawn We travelers travel. Some know what they are looking for. Others just wander gazing at everything, inhaling a different fragrance on the breeze, tasting a different... It need not be food. Travelers have needs too! But a smile or a hug doesn't always translate well across cultures. Fortunately, those who cannot trip across love at home sometimes fall into quick... [Read more]
Immigrant song [JI#3]
March 15, 2021 at 11:03pm
For: Immigrant Song IMMIGRANT SONG Your Swedish smile — cigarette tucked behind one ear [tataki 805] Voices harmonize and lilt in the markets of Malmö where foreign foods are sold. A welcome change of fare to some, a threat to others. Some prefer more narrow well-worn paths to their barred and barricaded barracks. Even later-day-vikings who visited the world grow old and weary, choosing to hide in hovels away from the change each hour brings. Old streets... [Read more]
Bread of Life (The Gluten Lie) [JI#2]
March 15, 2021 at 8:01pm
For: The Gluten Lie BREAD OF LIFE So short the night! The last vendor still cries out at dawn [sashimi 260] Humans are fruit and grain eaters according to our teeth and we can eat them without fire. Of course, we can also eat worms and insects and fish without fire or fancy traps. But hunting weapons helped us kill birds and mammals. More protein! And fire made them easier to eat and digest. Ape-like omnivores voracious bears with less hair. In the ... [Read more]
Takk for alt (When We Dead Awaken) [JI#1]
March 15, 2021 at 11:02pm
For When We Dead Awaken TAKK FOR ALT names engraved on stone new-born grass cannot read These stones are the only bones of our memories that last, once flesh has rotted away to rejoin the soil of our ancestors, the substance from whence we came each time we plucked a fruit and ate it. We will not be forgotten until all those who remember us have forgotten. In peace (Fred) will we rest. Takk for alt. Thanks for everything. names engraved on stone new-born... [Read more]
Where to retire to...
October 20, 2020 at 1:31am
Where would I feel safe with a culture and climate I could survive? Anywhere in Europe! Everything's connected. I'd love to live in Portugal but I could always visit. The Balkans are cheap and I like the people. Politically unstable though. Oslo/Lillehammer/Drammen would be expensive but cheap flights out of OSL go everywhere. I'd move to Gothenburg in Sweden in a heart beat. I love Taiwan but Taipei has bad pollution and horrible weather. Tainan in the south though is a great... [Read more]
Marrakech ... on a camel to Fes?
August 25, 2020 at 11:58pm
Although 'modern' I want to go to the Palácio da Bahia. Moorish architecture with its tiles, fountains and courtyards has profoundly influenced Iberia ... not just 600 years ago, but today. Slat Al Azama Synagogue is '3 minutes' away and I'd like to see that as well. The Moors protected the Jews. The Spaniards did not. And later and elsewhere neither did many other Christian communities. The Islamic communities in Albania, Ottoman Empire, even Egypt did much better. The... [Read more]
Tent City
August 24, 2020 at 11:59pm
A tent city of semi-nomads. A line in the sand created to create a new state for when the French would leave. A country of sand and quicksand. South of Morocco and the Sahrawi, The Sahara, The Sahel. Meteorites? Yep. Was offered some by a Sahrawi I met in Oslo years ago. Fish? Of course. This is where the people 'turn black' according to the Portuguese explorers of the 1400s. Interesting to visit a city of tents, like the Syrian refugee camps of Jordan. Not so thrilling to... [Read more]
Kaapstad part deux & Under the Lion's Head [185]
August 22, 2020 at 9:32pm
Under the Lion's Head Under the Lion's Head the city sleeps tonight, aware of turmoil, yet hesitent to admit that all isn't right as rands are counted and everyone hopes the cauldron doesn't seethe like before and again. The Lion's Head best sleep with one eye open! Better if both ears hear the anger that surrounds Table Top Mountain, the legacy of separation, the moaning of repression, the poor man's plight. © Kåre Enga [177.185] (22.... [Read more]
Kaapstad, Suid Afrika
August 21, 2020 at 9:01pm
These are the some of the photos I took of Kaapstad in April, 2015. It's coming out of winter in August. https://www.facebook.com/kare.enga.9/media_set?set=a.958073394227285&type=3 Just looked for a cheap but decent place to stay. Found one that has a lekker vibe for $11-15/night with an 8.8 rating. It's in Green point near the Silo Hotel, which at $1,200/2 night is beyond my budget. I'm glad that someone wealthy has offered to treat you-all! I can do Cape Town (its oth... [Read more]
Ho joang? Lesotho - day 2
August 19, 2020 at 6:00pm
Joale u phela joang? The country is called Lesotho, the language is Sesotho, an individual is a Mosotho and the people are Basotho. I might be tempted to see dinosaur footprints but I can do this in Montana. Cave people? that sounds interesting. Cannibals? As in who-eats-who? I'll stick to culture and interviewing people not eating them. (As for breaking down and getting stuck? 24 hours outside Abancay, Peru...in a bus. Been there.) This is an incredible article: https://www.intern... [Read more]
Lesotho
August 18, 2020 at 8:41pm
-4 degrees celsius at the moment in Butha Buthe. A cold -6 at the Katse Dam in Bokong as well. Leribe? Same. May go up to 13 today. Did you-all bring woolens? This is not the tropics! Afrika = cold is a difficult notion for many. I would definitely be interested in anything cultural and just 'being' rather than 'doing'. The dam reminds me of the catchment areas in semi-dry Flint Hills, Kansas. Lots of stone. Not green in autumn nor winter. And it's definitely stil... [Read more]
Blood and Urine (Arusha among the Maasai)
August 17, 2020 at 11:53pm
I don't do heights! And although I have had to stand for hours in a train my legs no longer appreciate the abuse. No balloon ride for me. I'll visit the Maasai, thank-you-please. But would I be able to eat? Yes, they can arrange vegetarian and vegan meals ... most anyone can ... but this is a culture of blood and milk and raw meat and ... Cow's blood is used for special occasions. Milk is mixed with blood or urine. Cows are seldom slaughtered. The liver and kidneys are offe... [Read more]
Ethiopia: Lelibela [188]
August 17, 2020 at 3:59am
Eating with my right hand is going to be difficult (I'm left-handed) and I'd prefer my food to be served on my own plate. Using injera (which I've had before) will be interesting (worthy of a poem perhaps). From a Baha'i religious point-of-view there are issues as well. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas (Author: Bahá’u’lláh) states: "73. TAKE HEED LEST, WHEN PARTAKING OF FOOD, YE PLUNGE YOUR HANDS INTO THE CONTENTS OF BOWLS AND PLATTERS. #46" "This prohibition was defi... [Read more]
Misr (Garbage City [187])
August 15, 2020 at 11:38pm
Misr, the Arabic name for Egypt. Best to go first to the Museo Egizio in Torino, Italy. Spend a week there. Take your time. Learn as much as you can about the various kingdoms, the beliefs, customs, every day life. Egypt was a living civilization full of intrigue and the mundane. My photo. Taken in Torino, 2018. When you are surfeited go to Egypt. Cairo will overwhelm you with a crush of people. It's still a very much alive civilization. Don't just be another tourist... [Read more]
Everything has a meaning in India (Agra, Delhi)
August 16, 2020 at 8:59pm
I commented to Neva in her entry : "Thank-you for the link [Baha'i House of Worship (design, construction)]. I don't know whether I've seen this one before; if so, it's been years. Also glad you posted before I did as I probably wouldn't have found this. If I'm going to Delhi or the Taj Mahal ... yes, this is where I would begin. Fascinated by how much work and workers it took. I knew that much was done by hand but it's riveting to actually see it. Au... [Read more]
Bhutan
August 13, 2020 at 10:46pm
I'd prolly cross the border from India at Puntsholing and stay at Hotel Thuenpa Puenzhi so I could sort out permits. Great staff and about $20/2 nights. The resort in Paro is $1,000/2 nights. Paro and Thimpu look accessible. BUT... permits for Americans and others are $250-290/day so ... I think not. At $2,000 for one week I just can't afford it. Travelers from India, Maldives and Bengladesh are welcomed. Anyhoo... sure wish I could because there are distinct customs and ... [Read more]
Islands in Ha Long Bay (caves, seafood, coins)
August 13, 2020 at 12:20am
Hopefully you-all saw something like this photo I took in Vrelo Cave in Matka Canyon in Makedonia. We took a boat to get there. Not as huge as Sung Sot Cave. I'd love to see that one! No... I didn't join people on the beach. I keep covered up as much as I can. I do tan more than burn but that's because I'm careful. Asian Night markets... too hot during the day! And in some places in the tropics (like Costa Rica) less rain in the evening. In CR people go to mark... [Read more]

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