A trip to Antarctica is on every traveler’s “bucket list”… and a trip that takes you south of the Antarctic Circle is an even finer “bucket”. Such cruises are not for the budget traveler, but who could resist when we kept hearing that the place was melting? We thought we had better get down to see it before it was gone. Well, we can tell you that even though it IS melting, there is still a lot... Read More
Our trip this October took us back to South Asia to visit old friends in both India and Nepal and to make new friends in Bhutan, a country we had never visited before. We found Delhi and Kathmandu as chaotic, bustling, polluted and wonderful as ever, and this made our stay in bucolic and unique Bhutan especially fun as a contrast. We had read a lot about this last of the Himalayan Buddhist kingdoms, where every policy decision is... Read More
During our recent trip to Patagonia, we visited both Chile and Argentina. We liked the flora, fauna and folks in both countries, but wondered why they have had so much trouble getting along throughout their history. Looking closely at a map–you notice that there is a section of their joint border in the southern Patagonian ice field, the third largest hunk of ice in the world, where they can’t agree on where the border... Read More
Mongolia is a vast country–13th largest in the world–with a small population–3 million. Of interest to the driver, is that it has fewer kilometers of road per person than any country in the world, and some of the worst urban traffic. Until the 1990’s virtually all vehicles, and there weren’t many, were of Russian manufacture. Now those old and patched-up Russian vehicles have migrated to the far... Read More
Mid-May was a great time to visit Novia Scotia. We were there one week before a 24-hour relay race with 70 teams of 17 runners each…and the commencement of the tourist season. We were also a couple of weeks before the onslaught of black flies, which takes place in June before the heat of the summer. (While visiting Fred’s parents nearby in the state of Maine, we learned that the bites of black flies are something you... Read More
In Iceland, you can explore geysers, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, boiling mud pools, bird sanctuaries and Reykjavik!