When Paul Theroux, in his The Happy Isles of Oceania, travelled through the Southern Vanuatu island of Tanna it was to escape the capital's tameness and seemingly the locals' unexpected habit of being 'pleasant and not at all rapacious'. Unperturbed by acts of random goodwill most visitors visit Tanna for another reason - the volcano.
Out And About In The Land Of Wats, Part II
After an hour, my inherent restlessness prompted me to head towards another building. There, a friendly Thai girl (gee, that narrowed it down - all Thais are friendly!) told me about buses to Sukothai, another former Thai capital. She also pointed me in the direction of the police station where she said I could hire a bike for about 50 BHT for the day. I tested several before finding one with functioning brakes. The rock hard seat was a small price to pay.
October 28, 2003
Out And About In The Land Of Wats, Part I
To Buddhists, spiritual tourism was the aim. Many of the Thai wats relied on their donations to survive. Bangkok, itself, was a repository of sacred wats and cultural relics -- from Wat Benjamabophit (the marble temple, to quote it's touristic tag) to the holiest shrine in Thailand -- the Wat Phra Kaeo, home to the Emerald Buddha.
August 19, 2003
30 Something - Around the World
Travelling abroad at 30+ is a vastly different activity from the same at 20+. That much became painfully obvious to me as I made my way from South America via the States to Europe, South Africa, and back down under a few weeks ago.
May 16, 2003
When Backpackers Become Frontpackers
I am far from being flippant. It is 10 weeks After Delivery and my body is hungry for comfort, marine beauty and child-free scuba diving. And suddenly the boat we've boarded is providing just that.
Lost on Norfolk Island
I felt like crying. The unthinkable had happened. The thing that every true-blue tourist fears the most. I had lost my camera. Worse than that: I’d lost the film that was inside the camera. The almost full film with pictures of me posing dramatically over Blood Bridge, of a cow inspecting the hired car, of the Pacific-lagoon-blue Anson Bay…. Forget the camera, I wanted my treasures back.