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Entering Kyrgyzstan

As we left the passport office and stepped out into the rain and mud, we were grabbed by several men and pushed into a beaten up Russian Lada. A young guy jumped into the front and with a mix of Russian, English and our phones, we agreed on 6000 taxi fare($87) for the 350 km […]

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Traveling on the old Silk Road

The subway in Beijing is modern, monochromatic and hospital clean. The policing at each station mirrors U.S. airport x-ray machines and security . Electronic subway maps on the ticket machines with a choice of languages almost make it possible to buy a ticket. Enter your departure and destination stations, use Yuan paper money and there […]

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Paradise Found

    After spending 3 weeks in Greece, I realized what I most love about traveling are the people I meet. Starting a conversation with a stranger has become second nature to me. Speaking five languages helps a lot. The other night, as we walked back to our wonderful stone house in Emporeios, on the […]

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The Middle Finger… the Mani penisula

We bypassed the city of Kalamata, known by all for its famous olives, and drove down the Mani to  Kardamili, a very popular tourist destination. As we road through town, I realized this had been the small quiet village  we had stopped in on September 13 1986,  the evening a devastating earthquake struck Kalamata. It […]

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