1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Scott in Nepal: Day 3, May 11

    Scott in Nepal: Day 3, May 11

    A family of four from Denmark that’s stayed at Mads and Clare’s homestay, Shivapuri Retreat before, arrived yesterday evening for a two-night stay. We had a delicious Nepali meal and nice evening chatting. Everyone hit bed by about 10pm and I’m looking forward to getting on an earlier evening, early...

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  5. The End of the Guidebook?

    The End of the Guidebook?

    It’s hard to imagine life without the Internet. What’s more intriguing is how quickly much of the world has not only come to depend on it, but in many ways become addicted to constant access and take it for granted. Having almost every fact, detail, speck of information and constant...

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  6. Mutual Travel Respect

    Mutual Travel Respect

    September 29, 1999: My business partner Daniel Fraser and I boarded a plane from Calgary, Canada to Bangkok, Thailand. The idea: start a travel company for people that don’t like ‘tours’, yet want a very comprehensive experience in about two weeks. Smiling Albino was born. We spent our first year...

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  7. Technological Travel Distraction

    Technological Travel Distraction

    In October 1999, around the time I moved to Thailand, I met a very peculiar Dutch man who was already a long time resident of Bangkok. He ran what was then the first and only company that ran bicycle tours through the city’s labyrinthine alleys and along canal-side communities. I...

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