Nine Reasons Expats Choose Taiwan – advice to my “imaginary fan”

Why Taiwan?
When my younger sister was very young, she had a couple of imaginary friends who lived in the front closet and she named them Shawn and Mindy. Many years later, I now have an “imaginary fan” named “Jennifer”. She sent me an email a few days ago from … Read more

Throwback Thursday – Tea Time in Sikkim

Dzongri, Sikkim. November, 2000

After a week of action-packed white water rafting on the remote Tamur River in eastern Nepal, our group of intrepid adventurers dwindled down to just three – me, my friend Patty, and her husband Jack. For us, two weeks in Nepal trekking and white water rafting … Read more

Travel Reflections of an Aging Backpacker – 30 years in the business

It’s a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Chiang Mai and I’m sitting in a quirky café, snacking on a rubbery banana pancake and a monster sized iced latte. It’s a perfect spot for people-watching, my favorite spectator sport while traveling. I’ve just finished another cheap pedicure, indulging in more selfish pampering Read more