Leaving Lhasa (Tibet)

  After three days in Lhasa we were ready to explore the rest of Tibet.  Ferguson, Kiwi Kevin, Tripp the German, little Mitori and I jumped in the Land Cruiser and set off on the two-day journey to Mt. Everest. We departed early in the morning with the intention of visiting a holy lake, a … Continue reading

American Bombs (Luang Nam Tha, Laos)

At the crossroads – Trekking – Development Challenges – Luang Nam Tha – Laos’ Future, Past and Present – American Bombs I crossed the Mekong at dawn.  Instantly I felt the subtle differences between Thailand and Laos.  The pace of life was slow in Laos: the border guards had not yet stumbled into work when … Continue reading

Cherry Tops (Yangoon, Burma)

Cherry Tops – First impressions – The streets of Yangon – Taboo conversations – Gestapo arrives – Wake-up call “Cherry tops.” At first I didn’t understand what my Irish friend meant.  It took me a few seconds to translate his cockney rhyming slang, but then I got it: Cherry tops was slang for Cops, referring … Continue reading

Into the Jungle – Taman Negara/Melaka, Malaysia

I sat on the ground of my mud hut, my gaze alternating between the blood stains on the cement floor and the five leeches hanging out of my legs and ankles.  My socks were rolled down to my muddy shoes and stained with my own blood.  My shirt was yellowed with sweat and saturated with … Continue reading