Asia

Finding Genghis Khan in Mongolia

I wrote yesterday about the importance of horses to the development of the Mongolian empire. But it wasn’t just the horses that allowed the Mongolians to conquer most of the world. It was also their advanced military tactics. Genghis Khan (1162 – 1227) was one of the greatest...

Horsemanship in Mongolia

I wrote yesterday about the history of Mongolia and mentioned the importance of horses to this place and her people. Mongolian horses are a bit smaller than those in the West. The saddles are different and the stirrups are set higher. All in, it’s a different riding experience. Even...

Settling Into Mongolia

As in Nepal, I was so affected by Mongolia that I’ve decided to serialize the story of my time here. Only this time, I felt admiration rather than disdain. I hope you’ll enjoy the posts over the coming days as much as I enjoyed being here. Mongolia is a magnificent country. And, along...

Back Alleys in Kathmandu: Part 2

For those of you just joining us, I’m in the back of a Toyota Corolla in Kathmandu trying to see some of the sites. In case you missed it, check out Part 1. Suffice it to say, what should have been a three hour tour is quickly turning into an undefined prison sentence on Gilligan’s Island...

Back Alleys in Kathmandu: Part 1

I’m here in the low season. The very low season. I’m staying at one of Kathmandu’s largest hotels, but there are so few guests that, when I couldn’t remember my room number in the restaurant, the waiter told me what it was. Weird… If you’re considering a visit, October and November...

Summiting Everest, But Not Really {Video}

Yesterday, I wrote about the stunning mountain views as we approached the Kathmandu airport. I wasn’t able to take any pictures though because of the restrictive Chinese security protocol with regard to cell phones. But these mountains are so stunning that I had to find a way to...

50+ Hours to Nepal

Wow! That was a long trip. I’m finally in Nepal where it’s currently 12:35 p.m. on a Tuesday in Summer. Back in Antananarivo, it’s 9:50 a.m., also Tuesday, but in Winter. (Nepal is one of the few places on the planet that observes an off hour time zone. North Korea is also in that bucket...

Tokyo Take Out

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Japanese-Cook-in-Front-of-You-Food. I’ve also started experimenting with sushi. So, when I found out I’d be in Tokyo for a night-or-two, my belly got excited. Count me in for raw fish and Teppanyaki in Tokyo! On my first night in the...

Singapore Surprise

My leg started buzzing while I was sitting in a meeting in Washington, DC a week-or-so ago. When everyone in the room began glaring at me, it became clear that “vibrate” does not mean the same thing as “silent” on a cell phone. I, of course, played it off. With an annoyed look on my face...

Reflections on Hong Kong

There are a lot of tourists here in Hong Kong. You can easily identify them. A tourist wears his backpack as a frontpack. He checks for his wallet as obviously and frequently as he’s able. His passport and money are in a bulge under his shirt. He stares at menus seeking something...