Category archives: travel

Portraits from a Tofu Factory
  • Portraits from a Tofu Factory

  • I'd been riding across Java, the most populated island of Indonesia, for about a week now. I had survived the mad drivers of the Jakarta, skirted the northern coast along some beautiful roads, finally arriving in Semarang, in central Java. I parked my bike, lo [...]
  • Walking Under The New Moon

  • This morning, I posted a picture on Instagram of hikers on the Camino de Santiago walking through the ruins of the San Anton Abbey near Castrojeriz. Ahead, a full moon hung in the sky as dawn painted the sky a beautiful hue of pinks and gold. I remember the mo [...]
  • Sounds of the Camino de Santiago

  • The Camino De Santiago has been on my mind lately. I've been working on my book, The Long Way West, which covers my last camino and land crossing from Beijing to the foothills of the Pyrenees. It seems so long ago , yet the memories and emotions are still so v [...]
A Turkish Bath
  • A Turkish Bath

  • I've always wanted to try a Turkish bath. Call me crazy, but the idea of paying someone to throw cold water on me,and slap the crap out of me sounds like an experience I want to try. When the opportunity presented itself after a hot and dusty day exploring the [...]
The Story of the Wind
  • The Story of the Wind

  • The day is staggeringly hot. There is not a cloud in the sky and the sun is relentless. I've spent all morning venturing into tombs in the Valley of the Kings. It is an incredible place. The history, the architecture, and the craftsmanship, astounds me. And al [...]
Aswan, a Desert Paradise
  • Aswan, a Desert Paradise

  • I step onto the platform. It’s hot. A breeze blows. Hawkers buzz like flies in the heat haze. I wave them away and walk deeper into the exotic land. Outside the station, voices call to me asking if I need a taxi. First they try English, then Spanish, and a sma [...]
The Testosterone Filled Streets of Cairo
  • The Romanticism of Train Travel

  • I've never really been much for trains. Even as a young boy I wasn't the sort who gravitated towards model train sets. Spaceships and cars were my thing. Trains were, well, kinda boring. They ran on tracks, and just did what they were made for: chugging along [...]
  • Learning the Leica Q

  • I'm on the road with my Leica Q. It's still new to me.  I'm learning how to best configure it and maximize the tech on offer. This camera makes it so easy to leave everything on Auto the entire time you almost don't feel like you need to learn much more. It's [...]