China Beach

China Beach

The train arrives at the Da Nang train station at 1:00, only thirty minutes late. While waiting to step off, I look into the public sink-room next to the train attendants room and notice a glass filled with liquid which could be apple juice but is most likely something else. I step off the train […]

Goodnight Saigon

View from train

Today’s the day I leave Saigon. I’d like to say this makes me sad but, it’s time. Saigon is a city of ten million and, with that many people, it’s not as if I’ll be missed. While it might be right for some, the traffic, the noise, the amount of very persistent people trying to […]

Breakdown

Henna

This morning I’m taking the train from Sawai Madhopur station, the train station serving Ranthambore National Park, to Jaipur Junction. I’m dreading another train ride. Trains? I love ’em. I’ve loved them in the U.S., Europe and even Africa (okay, that one was when I was tour managing and it was the Rovos Rail, known […]

The Long Road to Rathambore

Taj Mahal

I’m up at 8:00 this morning. I saw sunset at the Taj Mahal so I see no reason to get up to see sunrise. I have a quick breakfast, and I mean quick as, when they asked the table of five what type of eggs we wanted and I ordered an omelet (they’re very basic […]

Training Wheels

It’s an early morning, with a car picking me up at 6:00am for a 7:00am train to Agra where I’m going for one night to see the Taj Mahal. I was going to stay two nights but everybody has told me that Agra is, well, the term “pit” was used a couple of times. There’s […]

Budapest or Bust

Dog

Here we go again, beginning another Drop Me Anywhere adventure; just me and you, my Virtual Travel Buddies. I’ve spent the last two weeks in Hartheim am Rhein, Germany; population 5,000. I stayed with Claudia, Norbert, their two daughters, Anne and Laura, their two cats, Thomas and Sophie, and their one, most loveable dog, Sammy. […]