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NEPAL | Thu, 27 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [116]

Manakamana When I was in Nepal for the first time in 2000, my colleague, Jeet Joshee, and I were leading a group of students from the University of Connecticut on a three-week study abroad program. Jeet’s brother in Kathmandu had put the ... Read more >

Tags: hindu temple

Bhutan Impressions

BHUTAN | Thu, 27 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [115]

Bhutan Impressions   I had wanted to get to Bhutan for a very long time, but the daily government fee of US$250 was always too expensive.  I had decided that I was going to nonetheless do a 10-day trip once the country reopened after ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, museums, sacred sites

Central Bangladesh: Full of Contrasts

BANGLADESH | Mon, 7 Nov 2022 | By krodin | Views [115]

Central Bangladesh – Full of Contrasts I wasn’t sure what to expect on my tour to visit ancient Hindu and Buddhist sites through Central Bangladesh. As I made my way around, I was struck by the contrasting images confronting me. ... Read more >

Tags: buddhist viharas, cities, hindu temples, history, medieval towns, museums

Back in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Valley Pilgrimage Sites

NEPAL | Sat, 15 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [102]

Back in Kathmandu  It has been nine years since my last trip to Nepal, and in the meantime the 2015 earthquake did a tremendous amount of damage and cost almost 9,000 lives. It has been fascinating to see the changes time and the renovations ... Read more >

Tags: ancient cities, mountains, on the road, temples


BANGLADESH | Mon, 7 Nov 2022 | By krodin | Views [102]

Sonargaon After the Central Bangladesh tour mostly north and west of Dhaka, I decided to take a day trip to Sonargaon, 30 miles SE of the capital. We left at 7:30 to avoid some of the traffic. The fog in the city was so dense that the sky wasn’... Read more >

Tags: hindu temples, history, museums, river boat trip

Trek to Tengboche Days 3-4

NEPAL | Thu, 27 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [101]

Trek to Tengboche Monastery   Have been trying for days to upload the first two days of this blog, but the system doesn't accept it. I haven't a clue why.  Please just see the photos.   Trek to Tengboche Days 3-... Read more >

Tags: trekking

Routeburn in One Boot

NEW ZEALAND | Tue, 11 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [98]

When I came to New Zealand back in 2008, I saw in a Department of Conservation (DOC) brochure that there were nine Great Walks, and I made a goal of doing at least five. Now there are 10 Great Walks, and I've done three so far: Milford, Kepler, and Rakiura.... Read more >


TIMOR-LESTE | Thu, 26 Jan 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [91]

When I was about 15, my mother yelled out to me "Chris, where the hell is East Timor!?" She said "Timor" very emphatically yet even I, despite knowing the capital of every country, had no clue where it was. It was all over the news and I had no idea ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Thu, 27 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [90]

Windswept, remote, desolate. Those are just three words that describe the Chatham Islands. Called "Rekohu" meaning "misty skies" by the Moriori, the Chatham Islands are the first inhabited place on Earth to see a new day. My friend Pete Fowler, who passed ... Read more >

Sea of Rippling Waters

NEW ZEALAND | Wed, 9 Nov 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [90]

Four of the NZ Great Walks I've completed, so I've set out to complete my goal of walking at least five (eventually, I want to walk all of them). Meaning "sea of rippling waters" in Maori, Lake Waikaremoana is a spectacular lake. Stocked up on stuff ... Read more >

Antelope Canyon Roadtrip

USA | Mon, 26 Sep 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [86]

WHAT’S ON YOUR TRAVEL “BUCKET LIST?” We have been everywhere from Antartica to Zimbabwe so ours is more of a “been there, done that” list,  filled with tick marks and a few scribbles of final additions in the margins.... Read more >

Almora to Baijnath

INDIA | Sat, 8 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [85]

Almora, Bagheshwar and Baijnath  The drive from Nainital to Almora consists of windy hill roads with some steep hairpin turns.  There was more damage on this stretch of the road from the monsoon rains than even the section from Delhi. ... Read more >

Tags: mountains, on the road, temples

Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos (Parade of the Three Kings)

SPAIN | Thu, 5 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [84]

SHOULD WE DRIVE OR TAKE THE BUS into Córdoba? that was the question. I even downloaded bus schedules and made a list of possible parking lots. In the end we decide to walk in—it’s only 3½ miles, mostly downhill—and take ... Read more >

Manila, Puerto Galera and beyond

PHILIPPINES | Fri, 2 Dec 2022 | By krodin | Views [82]

Manila, Puerto Galera and Beyond I flew to Manila from Bangkok as I wanted to get to the National Museum of the Philippines to see what they had that might relate to my work on Goddess Studies.  The National Museum of Archeology is in Rizal ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, islands, snorkeling

No Kidnapping at Kidnappers

NEW ZEALAND | Sat, 10 Dec 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [80]

What an ominous name for a place. It sounds like somewhere Superman wouldn't want to be near. Cape Kidnappers, known as Te Kauwae-a-Maui (the fish hook of Maui), is named due to the local Maori attempting to kidnap a member of Captain Cook's crew in ... Read more >

Hell Creek Dino Dig—Part 2

USA | Wed, 19 Jul 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [80]

NOW THAT THE CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG—or rather the bones are almost out of the ground—it’s time to tell the real reason for our Denver Museum Hell Creek Road Trip.                 ... Read more >

Tenerife: San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Orotava

SPAIN | Sat, 17 Dec 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [78]

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, so say the brochures, is “the most beautiful city you must go to in Tenerife.” On the other hand, they say that La Orotava is “a town you must visit in Tenerife.” With two weeks to spend and a car at ... Read more >

Happy New Year, Toledo!

SPAIN | Sun, 1 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [77]

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS EVE IN MADRID, many of Toledo’s attractions closed at 1PM on the 31 st and will remain closed on New Years Day. We managed visit the Church of El Salvador before closing time. El Salvador has been in turn, Roman, perhaps ... Read more >

Bermuda, Ahoy!

BERMUDA | Sat, 29 Apr 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [77]

"You can go to heaven if you want to. I'd rather stay in Bermuda." -Mark Twain For the first time I've taken a journey where geocaching is my dominant goal as there are a lot of them in Bermuda. Upon landing yesterday on my Delta flight, I immediately ... Read more >

Kerala 1: Kochi to Alleppey

INDIA | Sun, 11 Dec 2022 | By krodin | Views [75]

Kerala Kerala has long held a certain fascination for me.  The combination of saltwater sea, freshwater Backwaters, Western Ghats, and lush rainforests evoked a mystical magical world in my imagination, and I thought it would be a fitting place ... Read more >

Tags: historical sites, lake cruises, nature

Tenerife: You Win Some and You Lose Some

SPAIN | Mon, 19 Dec 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [75]

AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, TENERIFE has some endemic bird species—why else would Connie be here? While some are unimpressive and easy to find, others require long drives to remote areas—sometimes twice.          ... Read more >


BANGLADESH | Wed, 2 Nov 2022 | By krodin | Views [74]

Dhaka I had wanted to come to Bangladesh for a couple of reasons: firstly, I know nothing about the country as a country, and secondly, there are a number of ancient Hindu and Buddhist sacred sites in this predominantly Muslim country, and I wanted ... Read more >

Tags: city, museum, temples, traffic

Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai

THAILAND | Sun, 13 Nov 2022 | By krodin | Views [74]

Sukhothai Sukhothai is considered the first capital of Thailand; it was established in 1238 by Si Inthrathit, who united many of the local tribes. The city’s name means “Dawn of Happiness,” and this is also the name of the entrance ... Read more >

Tags: ancient ways, archeological ruins, buddhism/tantricism

Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

SPAIN | Fri, 6 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [74]

CÓRDOBA, ONCE ROMAN AND LATER VISIGOTH, came into its own in the 8 th Century when the Umayyad Muslims made it the capital of Al-Andalus—Islamic Spain.  While the rest of Europe succumbed to the ignorance and superstition of the ... Read more >

Alcalá de Henares

SPAIN | Thu, 12 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [74]

 ALCALÁ DE HENARES IS 560 KM from Málaga and 30° cooler. It’s also a World Heritage site, birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and, most important, only 30-minutes from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport. We will be ... Read more >


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