Our earlier blog talked a bit about Bhutan and how to get there. The latest government pro-tourism project is called, “Why not Bhutan?” The tiny country is now pretty well set up for “high value” (or high cost) and low-impact tourism. A variety of tour companies run treks in the country, though no mountaineering is allowed…in respect for the deities who inhabit the 7,000 meter peaks. We decided on the... Read More
Fred and Sharon spent November of this year in Patagonia–that windswept expanse of flat lands and high mountains of southern Argentina and Chile. Why, our friends asked, did you go to a place not known for rugs or textiles and where, uncharacteristically, you can drink the water out of the tap? Yes, Argentina is less “exotic” than our usual travel destinations, as Europe has been the main source of immigration and... Read More
Fred loves train travel. You meet an interesting cross-section of a population and get to peer into a country’s backyards as the train passes. Wherever we go, we take train trips, and Mongolia was no exception. The vast country has relatively few kilometers of rail–all built for them by the Soviet Union. Besides a few spur lines to mining towns, the only rail line in the country is the one that connects Beijing with... Read More
Mongolia is a wonderful country whose vast landscapes are scattered with round portable nomad tents. The majority of the Mongolian population call theirs “gers”, but the minority Kazakh people in far western Mongolia call theirs “yurts”. Kazakh yurts, however, should not be mistaken for Mongolian gers. There are a number of differences. The two nomadic dwellings rang from the same sources, but have developed... Read More
We traveled recently to Quebec City to visit friends who teach there at the University of Laval. We also planned a road-trip with them to parts of Atlantic Canada, the ocean-bound northeastern corner of North America, which is comprised of four provinces with their own personalities. Our trip explored two of those provinces–New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. New Brunswick is mostly forested with beautiful beaches and the three... Read More
Our last stop in Middle Europe was beautiful Budapest.