If you take a look at the sign, “Jalan” means street, so we were walking down Pretty Street. It was pretty!
Unlike places like Doha or Dubai or even Reykjavik, Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) doesn’t really lend itself as a stopover. You pretty much have to head there on purpose and it’s probably going to cost you.
Traveling around Borneo, it’s hard to pass up a chance to go to the Sultanate of Brunei. A tiny country, located on the eastern coast of the island, it’s one of the [...]
I’ve visited many mosques, because in Turkey mosques have always been open to the public. In fact, I was shocked the first time I visited a Muslim country where non-Muslims were prohibited from entering. As a teacher and avid traveler, I believe that being open and sharing is the way to global understanding, so I do feel it a shame when there are any limitations put on travelers. I’ve also been to cities, such as Dubai, where you can take a guided visit to the Jumeirah Mosque and learn about Islam.
At unbelievable altitudes, the Tibetans lead a harsh life.
Even though it’s a relatively warm day, this photo shows how hard life can be way up high in Tibet. The houses are colorful and ornated, probably to contrast the bleak landscape. Trees only grow in the lower valleys, and most of the year the fields are brown.
Notice the shovels leaning up against the wall. The bricks are covered with dung which is used to heat and light the cooking fires. Yaks are the prized animals and provide almost all the Tibetans need to survive from milk, to meat, [...]
A decent day trip out of Kota Kinabalu to see the villages that make gongs and honey!
Towards the end of our Borneo trip after gawking at proboscis monkeys and orangutans, we were back in the capital city of Kota Kinabalu with some time to spare. We decided to drive up the peninsula to the famous handicraft villages that followed the “One Village, One Product” guidelines developed in 2003. The main premise of this is to increase revenues in rural areas and, for at least a couple of places, it seems to be working. There were two villages we [...]
Two men chat outside a ger on the Mongolian steppes
Mongolian life can certainly be categorized as hard! The weather is harsh, with winds sweeping across the plains. It is still primarily a nomadic life, except in a few villages and cities, and even in these many families live in tents.
Mongolia ranks up there for me as one of the most fascinating, exotic, and just all around difference places I have traveled to. In an old Russian van, we traversed the country mostly on dirt tracks, but occasionally on no discernible path. The highway ended not far from [...]
One of our favorite trips, road trips, of all time was through southern Africa hitting the countries of South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia. Three weeks of beautiful vistas, wildlife galore, and being on the open road.
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Australia is full of small, rural towns like this one!
When I’m traveling I love, love, love to get out of the big cities and find the real people and places, and in this case – real Australians! It seems that people are more willing to talk to you in a small town. We stopped at one restaurant and the 17 year old waitress just plopped down and had a great conversation about good beaches and what teenagers like to do. I just love that kind of thing.
One of my favorite stops in Australia was a small town [...]
Jim and I are an American married couple who have had the opportunity to live all over the world thanks to our work. We are both teachers, and currently we're working in Schweinfurt, Germany where we plan to stay for the next few years. Continue reading... Follow @corinnevail