1. End of the Guidebook 2?

    End of the Guidebook 2?

    Earlier in 2013 I wrote “The End of the Guidebook?”, inspired by the BBC’s sale of Lonely Planet (LP) and some other stories I read around the same time regarding the future of traditional printed guidebooks. I related my history of using guidebooks while traveling, my first email account and...

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  2. A Father and Son Voyage: Mongolia

    A Father and Son Voyage: Mongolia

    And here we are, at Part 5 in this ongoing series about a train trip my father and I took in August/September 2013 on the legendary Trans-Siberian. If you’ve missed earlier installments, check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Enjoy! Mongolia – the name has an...

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  3. Musical Cycles

    Musical Cycles

    I love music. This has been the case for as long as I can remember. My first device for playing back music was a plastic Looney Toons record player, then a small portable cassette player with which I listened to Blondie’s Call Me and Village People hits incessantly, usually with...

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  4. A Father and Son Voyage: Moscow

    A Father and Son Voyage: Moscow

    This is the third post in an ongoing series about a journey on the Tran-Siberian Railway my father I took in August/September 2013. If you missed earlier posts, you can read Part 1 and Part 2 first. Russia, the mighty bear, former red Soviet Union, land of hammer and sickle,...

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  5. Smartphonitis

    Smartphonitis

    Anyone who’s been outside of their cave in the last couple of years has noticed it. A creeping change, shift in social behavior, perhaps even an ailment of sorts. Walking around like zombies they are – partially aware of the goings on in their surroundings, but regularly fading into another...

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  6. Ten Nineties

    Ten Nineties

    No Top 10 list can ever be definitive or the best as they’re entirely subjective. One’s taste in music is much like evaluating art – there’re different styles and pieces that appeal to individuals, individually. Many of the best selling albums often don’t have staying power and are forgotten (many...

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  7. A Father and Son Voyage: The Plan

    A Father and Son Voyage: The Plan

    Welcome to the second post in an ongoing series about a journey on the Tran-Siberian Railway my father I took in August/September 2013. Following the first post about the intent of the trip, general overview of how it went and some surprises learned about one another along the way, I’ll...

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  8. A Father and Son Voyage

    A Father and Son Voyage

    Families are supposed to spend time together. Not just when the kids are young, but throughout life. Asian cultures do a much better job of this than western ones, where kids typically move out around university-time or shortly thereafter. Asians stereotypically live together until a child gets married and sometimes...

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