Not So Pretty in Patong

We have now been to Phuket and Patong beach–a tourist mecca for Who-the-Hell-knows-why–three times. To get to Patong from the airport on Phuket, you have to take a taxi for almost an hour with the final hurdle of a mountain that is the bane of many a bus driver. One of our bus drivers was […]

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From the Top of Singapore

The Pool at the Skypark atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel __________________________ I’m writing this post while my laptop imports the pictures from our trip to Singapore, Thailand and Bali (with an unexpected detour to Kuala Lumpur), and I’m sure I’ll be done with this post before the import is done. Even after I deleted […]

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Another Day on Phi Phi Island

Traveling in Southeast Asia right now. It’s hot, it’s buggy. We have at least 10 species in our bungalow on Phi Phi Island right now, but we also have a gecko and a mosquito net. Despite these little saviors, we also have plenty of bites. Ko Phi Phi Don is a haven for party-ers, mostly […]

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100,000 Hits and Counting! Thank you!

_____________________________________________________________________________ A few years ago I started this blog for two reasons: 1) Mel Bosworth told me I had to and 2) my mother told me I had to. You might say I’m the kind of guy who does what he’s told. I was in a writers’ group with Mel when we all decided to […]

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Worst Tourists of 2012

Really?I do so love these “worst” lists: they’re so much funnier than “best” lists. It’s similar to being drawn to the villain in a story more so than the pretty heroine who does everything right and is never hit by a bullet. Sheesh. It goes without saying that the worst tourists are actually those who […]

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How I Travel, Let Me Count the Ways

The Badlands (not Lyon)My partner is lounging on the sofa in the living room. Every two or three minutes he yells, “Come’ere! Chris!” He wants me to see pictures of Lyon and its Festival of Lights, which we will be seeing in the flesh–if cities have flesh, and I think they do–tonight at around 7pm. […]

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Paris on my iPhone

La Tour EiffelI have just come back from Paris. Well, I haven’t just come back, but I have just uploaded the pictures from my iPhone. My Sony digital camera would have taken up too much space in my backpack, so I left it at home. I wish I’d left my cold at home. I was […]

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Worlds Apart — an Interview with authors Dorothee Lang and Smitha Murthy

(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) _____________________________________________ I’ve recently had the great pleasure of reading the epistolary book Worlds Apart by Dorothee Lang and Smitha Murthy. While the book is a compelling mix of travel insights, photography and essay (that I could […]

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Worst Air Passengers of 2012

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off by the homepage pictures, try reloading the page. This usually helps.) Another installment of Lessons from a Wise Sky. Yes, I know we’re only done with half of 2012, but I’m feeling particularly surly after my trip to the US–surly in an adorable way of […]

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My Crete II

Cretan Traffic JamI’m sort of a hybrid: not really a farmboy, not really a city boy. I know what to say to cows to get them going–or coming home. I know what to say to pigs to tell them slop’s on. I know how to talk to sheep. No really, I do. A few years […]

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