From Asia

Meet Patrick, our Author Living in Taiwan

Name: Patrick Pavlik Current Address: Taoyuan, Taiwan Home Country: USA Countries he has traveled to : Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Wales, Italy, China, Taiwan, Japan, Cambodia, Loas, Vietnam, Philippines and soon Malaysia. Favorite destination thus far: Puglia, Italy. Tip: Get out of the tourist factories in Milan, Rome, Florence,…

Travail and Travel: Misadventures in Cappadocia

The sky is darkening gradually as the pale pink sun drifts slowly toward the horizon. The climb is beginning to wear on us and I give her a look of disdain as she stops to rest, even as my own heart is beating a feverish patter. Behind us, the fairy chimneys are beginning to come…

Become an Expert in Bargaining

If you’ve travelled through Asia or South America, you will have undoubtably found yourself in a place where bargaining was necessary. It’s a way of life in many regions of the world and you wont be able to buy anything without going through the process, unless of course, you feel like getting ripped off all…

The Yazidis of Lalish, Iraqi Kurdistan

This interesting little area I visited is home of the Yazidi faith in the Nineveh province of Northwestern Iraq. I had the privilege of living and teaching in the Kurdish region of Iraq two years ago. Before the beginning of ISIS and the reign of terror they hold over the world and this gorgeous country…

Bagan, Myanmar

There is a saying within Myanmar that goes “If you are really from Myanmar, you must have been to Bagan.” Considered by many to be the equivalent of Angkor Wat, Bagan is, in many ways, the jewel of Myanmar. It is the former capital of the Bagan (or Pagan) Kingdom, which ruled from the 9th…

Kalaw, Myanmar

The small mountain village of Kalaw is a jumping off point for the various hikes either to Inle Lake or simply around the beautiful surrounding countryside. Originally established as a hill-station for the English, during their colonization of the country you will find the climate to be a refreshing escape from the blazing humid heat…

Taiwan: Introducing Oolong (Wulong) (Wu Long) Tea

After having spent many years living in Taiwan, you grow to learn a lot about one of the most prized teas of the country. Oolong. Not as critically acclaimed abroad, this tea is by far one of the most celebrated teas in Taiwan. The best place to put Oolong is somewhere between Green Tea (minimally…

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

  Siem Reap as a city is essentially in place as a conduit for visiting the nearby wonder of Angkor Wat. Upon arrival in the city of Siem Reap head first to the Night Market district, a bustling hub of accommodation, restaurants and bars situated neatly beside, you guessed it, the night market. One street…