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 […]

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 […]