The Sanchi Stupas are a Buddhist complex on a hilltop at Sanchi Town in the State of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located in 46 kilometers (29 mi) north-east of … Read more
For an India tiger safari, visit Madhya Pradesh in the heart of India. Heavily forested, this central India state offers relatively clean air, wonderful cuisine based on locally grown produce, and close-up opportunities to meet local people and appreciate their crafts and daily routines. With luck–and some good guides–you’ll enjoy a tiger sighting, too. But that’s just a piece of the Madhya Pradesh story.
There have been many times many times in our travels when I have been speechless. Looking up at this ceiling in the Blue Mosque of Istanbul is one of them. … Read more
The following is a list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in South Korea, with links to posts about the ones we have visited. South Korea has 13 Unesco World Heritage … Read more
Unlike your typical tour guide, Agung Rai didn’t feel the need to fill every moment with commentary. In fact, other than the basic introductions, he didn’t say too much at all until we’d left Ubud proper and made it out into the rice paddy and jungle countryside.
Then he pulled the well used Toyota SUV off to the side of the road and shut off the engine. We were in the middle of no particular place and he got out of the driver’s side and beckoned us to do the same. After we’d walked a little ways from the truck, he said, “Listen to the water.”
The best advice I’d got in Bali since, “Try the curry.”
There’s an older man who comes by our villa with his wife a few times a week to do a little gardening while his wife makes smoky offerings to the gods. He’s an unfailingly cheerful sort who always has a bit to say, but doesn’t hang around enough to become burdensome. Until today, he’d always spoken to us in his rather halting English. But today we discovered by accident that we both spoke Spanish, and the conversation got a lot more interesting.
He was the one who told us last week about Tuesday’s cremation ceremony and invited us to attend. And when he came back today, he asked if we’d been there and if we had any questions. Let me describe the ceremony first, so we know what we’re talking about when I get to the questions.