Monthly Archive: June, 2016

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Four days?  I thought our horse trek in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park was only supposed to last three days, but sure enough, it would be four.  Yikes.  Given that an hour or two of… Continue reading

Southern and Central Mongolia

Mongolians must love basketball.  At virtually every community and ger camp, no matter how small, we found a rickety backboard rising from a lonely field.  But not once in all our time in… Continue reading

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part 2

According to our guide Bold, all Mongolian music is about just three things:  love, mothers, and horses.  Those are the most important aspects of Mongolian life, he claimed, and not necessarily in that… Continue reading

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part 1

“How lost do you think we are?” whispered Marie. I stared out the window at vast emptiness in all directions.  We weren’t driving on a road, exactly – more like faint tire tracks… Continue reading

Halong Bay and Hanoi, Vietnam

Halong Bay is overrated.  Yes it’s beautiful, with countless limestone towers jutting up dramatically from the water.  But the hype goes too far.  Fodor’s describes it as “mind-blowing.”  Lonely Planet calls it “a… Continue reading

Sapa, Vietnam, Part 3

“Why you no bring your girlfriend?” the Hmong women asked.  “She no friendly?” “Sure Marie is friendly,” I said.  “Why wouldn’t she be friendly?” The women, laughing, reminded me that when I’d visited… Continue reading