Trip Report: 2-Week Greece Getaway

A and I took a fantastic trip to Greece in August, our first visit to the country. TLDR: Greece is amazing. If you haven’t gone, you should visit if at all possible. We went to Athens and the islands of Mykonos and Folegandros, and loved each destination. We began the trip with a flight into […]

Trip Report: Varanasi, India’s Holiest City

Back in February we took a quick trip to Varanasi, India’s holiest city. I’m late in writing about the journey, but it was remarkable and I wanted to share some images. Varanasi, located about 400 miles southeast of Delhi in populous Uttar Pradesh state, is renowned place of pilgrimage for Hindus. It is known for […]

Trip Report: Three-Day Getaway to Neemrana Fort Palace

At the end of December we took a entertaining, three-day getaway to the town of Neemrana, India.  It’s about three hours by car southwest of Delhi, in Rajasthan state on the way to the well-known city of Jaipur. Our destination: the excellent Neemrana Fort Palace, shown at the top of this post. It’s a 15th-century fort […]

My Top 10 Southeast Asia Travel Tips

tl;dr: Don’t rush For longer trips, use Bangkok as a Base Next, Look Beyond Thailand to Cambodia, Laos, and Especially Vietnam More Destinations: Myanmar and Borneo Eat Liberally Disconnect If You Must, SIM Cards are Wi-Fi Widely Available Don’t Overpack, But Bring the Right Stuff Ask Friends of Friends for Advice Do Your Own Research […]

Video: New York to SF by Train

NY–SF by train from Tom Harman on Vimeo. Tom Harman writes: A 3-day journey across the US on Amtrak in September, 2015. Everything was shot on the train with an iPhone6+ and edited in iMovie. And: States traveled through include: New York* Pennsylvania Ohio* Indiana Illinois* Iowa* Nebraska Colorado* Utah* Nevada* California* Awesome.

Two and a Half Days in Istanbul: How to Have an Amazing Time

A and I recently spent two and a half fantastic days in Istanbul. We were flying to New York from Hong Kong on Turkish Airlines, and simply arranged to have a very long layover in the city. It was a scandalously short amount of time to spend there, of course, but we had a lot […]

By Me Yesterday: The Taj Mahal Just Got Free Wi-Fi

The post, at our Digits blog, begins: The Taj Mahal: India’s most famous monument, where visitors can take in a striking example of Mughal architecture, gaze at the edifice’s gleaming white marble, and…surf the Internet via free Wi-Fi. Wait, free Wi-Fi? You better believe it. India’s federal information technology minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Tuesday […]

‘Bangkok Airport’ — Trailer for New Show Coming to BBC Three

Given my many previous posts about Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point this out. Embedded above and on YouTube here: A trailer for “Bangkok Airport,” a series of six hour-long shows about the facility and the people who work there and pass through it. It looks…quite entertaining. Thailand Uber-blogger Richard Barrow […]

Yes, This is a Photo of Me with Giorgio Chiellini

File under: Brushes with iconic soccer players in Jakarta. Related post from May: Meeting Fulham and Manchester United great Edwin van der Sar in the Jakarta airport. I’m back after an excellent holiday break. In the week or so I spent offline with friends and family, I had plenty of time to daydream, catch up […]

Aunt Cece and Her Pecan Pie Make Their WSJ Debut

Longtime Newley.com readers will recall that I have blogged, in past years, about my Aunt Cece’s pecan pie. I absolutely love it. And I make a point to bake one every Thanksgiving. I’m happy to say that her fantastic dish figures in this story I wrote for WSJ Expat about connections that folks who live […]