‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

August 17, 2018

March 25, 2018

I was pretty hard on Cambodia in my original posts. Sihanoukville was hot, crowded, dusty, and our first stop, the vast covered market, was so crammed with people trying desperately to make a living, I found it very sad. The average income per capita per annum is $2,600, making this one of the poorest countries in the world. So this t...

August 6, 2018

March 17-8, 2018

We drove by too fast for me to have our tour guide translate this billboard, but I deduce it is an 88th-anniversary tribute to the Communist Party, which Ho Chi Minh founded on March 2, 1930. Or possibly on February 3. Our guide opined that, though it’s been 45 years since the Vietnam War ended, his country hasn’t made the same prog...

August 5, 2018

I already have one convert: Lou just acquired her first Highsmith novel, on my recommendation the other day, in ‘European Jaunts To Die For.’

So here's a little more guidance in that department:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/63724-10-best-patricia-highsmith-books.html

Which includes this overview: ‘Her gr...

August 4, 2018

March 8-14, 2018

There’s no nut large enough for the most populous nation on earth (1.415 billion.) Even though I visited only 4 cities, I can’t find a nut to fit. 

Tourist brochure visions of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City hadn’t prepared me for the burgeoning metropolis of Shanghai (the most populous city on earth, at 24 million — Mumbai ha...

August 3, 2018

Indulge me, if you will... again.

I am way behind in my self-indulgent re-cap of 5 months aboard the Sun... I had finished the Antipodes and some of SE Asia, and I have re-arrived in China — which is a very large subject. At the moment, I am trying to cull the best Sino photos.

But I have a good excuse: I’ve been jaunting around New England visiting...

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