Visiting a Thai Hospital

Last summer my father passed away. I only mention this because his illness forced me to spend far more time in hospitals than I ever hoped to spend. He spent almost three months in ICU unites, regular hospital rooms and nursing homes. He received kidney dialysis, CAT scans, X-rays, and almost every procedure you can …

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A Traveler’s View of Events in Egypt

As I have mentioned many times, and will probably mention many times more, travel makes you perceive a place differently after you’ve been there. (Please read my 2009 essay on Travel and Tragedy and the corresponding quote from Adam Smith.) Last week there were riots and political protests in Tunisia and I watched the events …

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Thoughts on Acapulco

I’ve been in an internet black hole the last several days in Mexico. Here are a few observations from my brief stay in Acapulco, Mexico: I booked a place via Hostelworld.com. It turns out it was quite a bit out of town. The taxi ride from the airport was 610 pesos, and that was the …

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Traveling to Dangerous Places

This Saturday I’m flying to Acapulco, Mexico. I’ll be there a few days before sailing on the Queen Elizabeth up to Los Angeles as a guest of Cunard Cruise Lines. Not surprisingly, almost everyone I’ve told mentioned something about crime, murders, drug gangs, or beheadings. Almost all the news coming from Mexico lately has been …

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Video – Yakushima, Japan

Back in November 2007, I visited Yakushima Island in Japan. It is one of the most magical places I’ve visited during my travels. I created an audio slideshow of the photo I took on the island. Yakushima was the inspiration for the animated film Princess Mononoke. I’ve recently been working on some audio slideshows again …

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This Week In Travel – Episode 68

This week’s guest is Sean Keener of the Boots N’ All network. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Spilled Coffee Caused United Plane To Divert Hijacker Overpowered on Norway-Turkey Flight Four Planes At JFK Have Long Waits On Tarmac Man boards plane at IAH with loaded gun in carry-on Al Qaeda threat involving hotels buffets ‘credible,’ report …

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