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  • Hot Springs Excursion with the BoysSeveral of the older boys asked me if I wanted to visit some hot springs, a couple of kilometers up the road in another small Hindu village, Atholi. Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Dec 25, 2014
  • Rockfall and ConversationsOne day at around 5 PM, there was a giant rockfall at one end of town, a few hundred yards from the house. It sounded a bit like thunder, but went on for several minutes, creating a large cloud Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Dec 6, 2014
  • Description of Town and Life in GulabgarhThe town is surrounded by towering snow covered mountains, pine forests, steep rock walls, etc. View of bridge leading to Gulabgarh Unfortunately, like so many Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Dec 3, 2014
  • Arrival in Gulabgarh, PaddarNext day we left for Kisthwar at 6 AM in a share taxi, for the 10-12 hour ride. I had forgotten just how crazy the roads can be in the mountains, and it was in terrible shape in many Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Nov 30, 2014
  • Anuradhapura/NegomboAnuradhapura proved to be the most interesting of the ancient cities, as well as the oldest, dating to approximately 400 BC. The city was abandoned after an invasion some 1300 years later, and the jungle took over until the British Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Nov 10, 2014
  • Polonnarwu and Passikudah BeachAfter Sigiriya we continued to Polonnarwu, stopping first at Ritigala. This is one of the more remote and less touristed sites on the cultural tour. And, because it is Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Nov 7, 2014
  • Dambulla The next morning we went to the Dambulla Caves with Lalinda, an hour or two drive from Kandy. By the time we got there it was already quite hot, which continued for our entire visit to the cultural triangle. Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Nov 1, 2014
  • Sri Lanka: Negombo/KandyMadurai is just a short plane away from Colombo, and so we decided to make the jaunt over to this nearby island nation, now peaceful after many years of civil war. At the last minute we had to Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Sep 9, 2014
  • Danang, Vietnam My kye Beach We arrived in Danang by train, which would have been a beautiful ride along the mountainous coastline, were it not for the rain. It was also raining here as well, and fairly dismal in this seaside resort Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Nov 1, 2013
  • London with a brief foray to DublinWe flew from Antalya to London, dirt cheap as previously mentioned, and were picked up in the middle of the night by our good friends, Michael and EJ. I took few pictures because the weather for most of the week was Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Feb 22, 2013
  • OvacikWe have spent four enjoyable days hiking in the Tauros Mountains, high above the intensely developed coastline of southern Turkey. At 1250 meters, the sea is still visible down a long valley, right in front of our terrace at Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Jan 22, 2013
  • And The Solar de UyuniWhen we left on this trip, neither of us had heard about the Solar, the largest and highest salt flats in the world. En route, several travelers had told us not to miss it, and they were right. Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Dec 6, 2009
  • Ourika Valley and Setti FatmaAfter a rest day, we were ready to tackle a day trip to the mountains. We made our way to Bob er Bab on the outskirts of Marrakesh. Bob means door in Arabic, and apparently at some point Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Oct 10, 2012
  • RishikeshWe first flew back to Delhi, and then took a long, slow, and bumpy bus ride to get here. It is dirty and crowded closer the city, but up in High Bank, we were high above the Ganges in Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Sep 24, 2012
  • DaliThe next day, the rain continued lightly, but we were able to walk to the bus station and got out of town without a problem At first when we arrived in Dali, we felt disappointed at seeing another large and Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Jun 23, 2012
  • Angkor WatSiem Reap, home to Angkor Wat, is a boom town with new hotels springing up overnight, though one wonders if they will ever fill up all the rooms despite the two million farangs who come here each year. We Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Jan 22, 2012
  • Don Dhet and the Four Thousand IslandsIt took Elona, my Israeli traveling companion and I, about three hours on the bus/boat ride to get to Don Khong, the biggest of the Four Thousand Islands. We stayed there one night, but when Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Jan 5, 2012
  • Tette Batu, LombokLombok is a short boat ride from Gilliair, and is the closest major island to Bali. As such a fair number of tourists come here, but nowhere near the numbers that Bali sees. It is Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Sep 22, 2010
  • We Can Only Wish THE JAPANESE WRECK NEAR AMED The carcass lies barely two meters below And very close to shore, rusty since the war Six swaying yellow angels Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Aug 24, 2010
  • The Pub with the Most CharacterLast night we made it to Daly Waters. After seven hours of driving in the beautiful sunshine, we decided to keep moving on to a favourite site of ours. We called in 17 years ago and decided to Posted by anne.muld in Muldys Movements | Aug 6, 2010
  • AmedEventually we left the charms and the crowds of Ubud, and headed for the southeast coast of Bali. Previously undeveloped, it is now home to many small hotels and guest houses with more on the way, especially Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Aug 5, 2010
  • In and Around UbudUbud is a very new age, shop til you drop town, with an assortment of foreign restaurants, health food stores, yoga centers and spas. There are many small boutiques, art galleries, fabric stores, and even chain outlets Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Jul 24, 2010
  • Picton, NelsonOur North Island experience has come to an end and we headed on the ferry over to the south Island. We were very much looking forward to this as people had been telling us it is the better island and Posted by palmer830 in Adam and Anna half a world away | Jul 20, 2010
  • Rain -- and lots of it! You might remember the story I posted about the package that made it from Troutdale to Austin and back to Troutdale in just five days... Why it was returned to sender remains a mystery as it arrived today and Posted by Dano8 in Austin is the Place to Be! | Jul 2, 2010
  • Weedy is home; USPS messes upWell, Weedy is now home. My nephew -- also known as the world's greatest nine-year old -- now has a pet cockatiel. Going to the pet store the last couple days was interesting. Apparently you decided which Posted by Dano8 in Austin is the Place to Be! | Jun 30, 2010
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