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It was a three hour bus ride from Hanoi to Halong Bay for my 3-day/2-night cruise. We stopped at a craft village were handicapped individuals produce artwork and jewelry to sell to tourists. There’s enamel painting, thread art, sculpture, and … Continue reading
They are the two most important ingredients for traffic. It took a few minutes to work up the gumption to cross the street in Hanoi. The most important accessory on a car or motorbike is a horn. The most important … Continue reading
I arrived in Vietnam last Friday after an overnight flight from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia through Seoul, South Korea. I had arranged for my Vietnamese visa online to speed up the clearance process. I’m glad I did because the “speeded up” process … Continue reading
It was an amazing experience, spending nearly a week with our eagle hunter and his family but it was just that, an experience. For them and many others in the countryside this is part of their everyday life. The eagle … Continue reading
I was lucky. I was a tour of one. Last Friday the 11th, I flew on Hunnu Airlines from Ulaanbaatar to Olgii in Western Mongolia. A flight of about 2 hours. We were about 40 miles from Russia and and … Continue reading
This is going to be a short blog. Quiet, I can hear the cheering now! I left Ulan Ude at 7:30am this morning bound for Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as planned. I went by bus because I’d read that the bus trip … Continue reading
My train left Irkutsk at 8:57am and arrived in Ulan Ude at 4:22pm. Those are times on the schedule and that was the time they left and arrived. Russian trains are punctual. If it appears we’re going to be a … Continue reading
Nikita Bencharov, according to my guidebook and some of the young people who work here, is almost singlehandedly responsible for making Olkhon Island accessible to visitors. He still lives within the compound but wasn’t here during my visit. The compound … Continue reading
I left Irkutsk last Monday morning. The shuttle picked me up at my hotel about 8:20 and I expected a ride of a couple of hours. Well, two hours later…after making multiple stops at other hotels, a street side shuttle … Continue reading
After arriving in Irkutsk yesterday morning, I headed for a couple of cathedrals near the shores of the Angara River. The Church of Our Saviors and the Cathedral of the Epiphany. I captured some images during the afternoon and then … Continue reading