Dilly Dallying in Dali (Dali, Yunnan, China)

I came to Dali for two reasons: to wander through its ancient cobbled streets and to relax in one of the fabled backpacker hangouts of Asia.  I was disappointed on both counts. My train arrived early in the morning and I caught a bus from the New Town to the Old Town, approximately ten kilometers … Continue reading

Tomfoolery in the Mekong Delta (Vinh Long, Vietnam)

I Abandon My Zen Training – Tropic Heat – Vinh Long – Bargaining – I Experiment With a “Homestay” – Three Conclusions It was in Southern Vietnam, somewhere in the middle of the Mekong Delta, that I finally abandoned my absurd goal of becoming The Ultimate Zen Traveler. I had no guidebook – ironically, by choice – … Continue reading