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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

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*

Yellow cheer from sarah

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A... choo... choo
August 4, 2020 at 1:20am
I know you've seen this photo before but it really captures the emptiness. The landscape was mostly 'boring' from the train between Sydney and Melbourne (for 11 hours). Have you taken this ride ? Passing through Gunning If love were a train, would it rumble and sway as it sought its way to destinations we seldom reach? This train bumbles past pasture of land-lice oblivious to us, as we pick up our Devonshire Tea: hot scones and jam, a dollop of cream. Tummy full it... [Read more]
Day 3 Sydney
August 3, 2020 at 1:38am
I wish I could say nice things about Sydney... Bahá'í House of Worship in Mona Vale, NSW near Sydney. 9.april.2015. The floors were being redone. Very glossy at moment. Will have a matte finish when done. But... glossy gives wonderful reflections! I'm sure would visit. 1. New South Wales has a brilliant metro system. I took a bus to Mona Vale to see the Baha'i House of Worship. There are only a few in the world. 2. The free walking tour guide was brilliant. 3. Leah fro... [Read more]
Antarctica Day 2. Starry, starry night.
August 2, 2020 at 1:11am
I wrote to : "I'm not there ... but you probably are aware of that by now. I will check in. If just to rescue [you-know-who] if he asks! In many ways both poles are deserts. The water is frozen and for sure piles up but without winds over warm currents there's little snowfall in the interior... what's there has been there for millennia. Where there is water there is life. Without muddy runoff the waters may be clear enough to let the light penetrate further [during summer]... [Read more]
The way of summer snow
August 1, 2020 at 12:25am
I have seen the snows of summer on the way from Lom to Solvorn by taking the bus over the Sognfjellsvegen. We did stop half ways at a ski/resort/restaurant but we were nowhere near the snowfields and glaciers. I could see them though and took photos. The bus only runs until the end of August. Global warming is taking a toll on glaciers but not necessarily in parts of Noway. There is concern that cooler waters due to ice melt in the Arctic and Greenland will change the climate, destroy what l... [Read more]
July 14, 2020 at 6:41pm
For: If you won a free trip to any foreign country, all expenses paid in your own private jet and had the time to go (and there were no travel restrictions due to a global pandemic *Pthb*), what is the first foreign country you would visit? Who would you bring with you? What would you spend your time doing? Mars ... by myself I post an appropriate story I wrote. Hand-in-hand They walked hand-in-hand down the red dirt path, around the circle of green scum covering the pond they had... [Read more]
Me and João talking about Lagos, Portugal
July 9, 2020 at 3:34pm
João: Lagos. The beaches. The water. The sun glistening off the water. All the shiny things. Me: Yes, you'll like it there. João: What's there to do? Me: Relax! João: No, really. Me: There's a small science museum, a small church museum, the ruins of the greatest school of navigation. João: Anything shiny? Me: A 3 cent silver coin from the United States displayed in the church. And no, you can't have it. João: You know me. [laughs] Me: Yes, I... [Read more]
Gallo pinto [124] (6 long lines)
July 7, 2020 at 3:22pm
Gallo pinto Beyond the fear there was the gallo pinto{footnote:#}Black or red beans with rice served in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. and down the hill a house for sale where once he'd dwelt and walking futher back in time he found a young boy quivering but did not linger in the fog and fragrant treacheries and turned around to trudge back up the trail he'd laid, giving thanks for rice and beans still steaming. © Kåre Enga [177.124] (7.juli.2020) 6 lines Prompt: Wri... [Read more]
Kaap Stad, Suid Afrika
June 7, 2020 at 9:51pm
I may never go back. The glare into the back of my head cannot be unseen. The screech of Akrikaans on the graffitied train{footnote:#}https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=958079247560033&set=a.958073394227285&type=3&theater from Simon's Town cannot be unheard. And my smeller no longer can catch the faint fragrance of protea{footnote:#}https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=958081244226500&set=a.958073394227285&type=3&theater . Plus, the penguins didn't show up. ... [Read more]
Spain? ... no ... just pain.
June 3, 2020 at 9:15pm
For: “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein That was last month's prompt, but too appropo to pass up. I was looking forward to visiting Spain in March of 2020. In hindsight it's just as well I didn't go. It's June ... and I might still be stranded there. I thought I could survive Madrid even though it has never been on my bucket list. But then other great cities like Vienna and Paris weren'... [Read more]
March 26, 2020 at 6:50pm
MHWA Prompt: You just stumbled into a university class - and you're the professor! What's the name of your course and what will you be teaching your students? Conectedness. Let's first look at two definitions. "The state of being joined or linked." As in "the connectedness of American business life and American sports". And "a feeling of belonging to or having affinity with a particular person or group" expressed in this sentence "it's about part... [Read more]
Black underwear and other random thoughts
February 27, 2020 at 7:59am
When I travel: 7 pairs of black underwear, 3 pairs of pants, 7 shirts that match the pants. In Taiwan I was black and blue and dark whatever. Next trip? Different season, different culture, different color scheme. I should also pack less (4/2/4 would probably work fine). I have a back-pack and roller bag. If it doesn't fit it doesn't go. I make lists and mostly follow them. It helps me when I'm hysterical at the last moment. I know that I can buy most anything most anywhere, but ... [Read more]
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]
Tan-Tsu noodles
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]
Taipei Zoo
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]

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