Probably the first “strange food” that I tried was a fantastic meal of snake in northern Vietnam.
Swimming with orcas
In the Norwegian winter, north of the Arctic Circle, daylight fading, a group of orca enthusiasts and I snorkelled with orcas and humpback whales. We also happened to see the Northern Lights.
Chasing the sun in Tromsø
On my first full day in Norway, seeing the sun became an important mission because of the long night. So I hiked up the nearest mountain.
Adventures at the end of the earth
Getting to Raja Ampat in Indonesia was a task, but it provided exceptional wildlife sightings and experiences.
Surviving the Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps offer not just breathtaking beauty, but also danger of a domestic kind???
Tightly wound at the Thousand Islands
I was having a stressful business trip in Jakarta. The client was pushing back meetings; meetings that were not pushed back were getting delayed with alarming regularity; my work outside of Jakarta was getting negatively affected. I had to extend my trip into the next week so I decided to check out the nearby Thousand […]
I have been to Indonesia so many times that I have lost count. It started with the disastrous “Lost Christmas”, many years ago. Indonesia has provided me with a variety of travel stories, being the country where I learned to scuba dive; checked out a bunch of volcanoes; tried a hand at surfing and saw […]
Breakfast with sumo wrestlers
I wrote about how I met Shimpei in this previous story about Tiger Leaping Gorge. Our previous meeting had been more than a year prior – at the blockchain “knowledge sharing” session described in that article. I planned to visit Tokyo, where Shimpei lived at the time. I messaged him asking for Japan travel tips […]
I like meeting people on my solo trips and often stay in touch with them after the trip ends. Facebook became popular at the right time for me to stay connected with people across the globe with whom I might have spent just a day or a few days travelling. Some of these people have […]
Scenery and service in El Nido and Coron
I visited The Philippines with my friend Pablo during one Chinese New Year holiday in Hong Kong. Trips to the Philippines, as with some other South East Asian countries, are usually a mixed bag. One can expect breathtaking scenery along with various bizarre disappointments in how travel arrangements are conducted. This trip was no exception. […]