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
On a recent trip through northern Thailand, my friend Deborah and I did a 10-day scooter trip along the northern part of the Mae Hong Son Loop. This was our second attempt at scootering through this area – the first ending in failure with our disabled scooters in … Read more
It was springtime in Hanoi and it was seriously HOT. Sweltering heat and no air conditioning in our house. Even the rats were sweating. One actually ran into my room looking for a fan. It was the last week of my volunteer teaching gig at Hanoi High School and the … Read more
I’m always up for a new adventure and am a firm believer that exploring anyplace on scooter is the best way to get to know the area. So, when my expat friend, James, suggested a quick scooter trip to Hualien, I jumped at the chance to see more of … Read more
Once upon a time, Buddha, Confucius, and Jesus walked into a bar. A Vietnamese guy named Chieu was sitting there, sipping a Long Island Iced Tea, swapping travel stories with Muhammad, Victor Hugo, and Joan of Arc. Confucius bought the table a round of tequila shots, they all became loopy … Read more
My first visit to the Long Neck refugee village near Mae Hong Son, Thailand was in November, 1991 on one of those typical backpacker tours out of Chiang Mai that included 4 days of trekking, caving, and a visit to the Long Neck refugee village.
At that time, the … Read more
A few months ago, CNN Travel did a survey among their frequent travelers, asking for opinions on the best food in the world. The winner – Taiwan! Earlier this year, CNN published a list of the top 16 places to visit in 2016, and along with Madagascar, Iran, and … Read more
Since moving to Taiwan a few years ago, my primary transportation is my scooter and weekends are often spent cruising mountain roads and exploring small villages. This newfound love of riding has opened up new doors when exploring other areas of Asia and especially northern Thailand.
Last Spring my … Read more