Beijing

In 1994 I took a long bicycle trip starting in Kanazawa, Japan, traversing the Korean Peninsula from Pusan, to Seoul and finishing from Tainjin, China to Beijing.  (With two ferries between the countries.)  It was one of the greatest adventures I’d ever attempted.  I was well greeted and well rewarded along the way.  Here was…

Howdy, Pilgrim!

One of the things that always amazes me when I travel is that I often feel more welcomed and appreciated abroad than I feel in my own home.  What could be behind this? In Muslim cultures the wanderer is to be welcomed and treated as a guest.  It’s part of the cultural philosophy of parts…

Chicago, Illinois

The great lakes region of the United States is a glorious destination in its own right.  If you’re planning to take a cross country train trip, Chicago is the northern hub you’ll route through.  It’s has a bevy of valuable museums, a treasure trove of music and food, and some of the friendliest people you’ll…

Kyoto, Japan

The “spiritual heart” of Japan is a place I’ve journeyed to many times when I lived in Japan.  The importance of this city lies in the fact that Kyoto and Nara were the previous capitals of Japan during the era that Buddhism arrived and became a mainstream philosophy for the country.  Visit one of my…

Brazil from North to South

The Portuguese settlers to the Americas created one of the largest countries in South America with a vast diversity of peoples and culture.  In an attempt to capture some of the variety I took several trips to various regions of the country.  The tale is perhaps best captured in animated fashion.  So this post will…

Hawaii

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean a vast mountain rises from the sea floor. It’s one of the most continually active volcanoes on the planet. The Hawaiian archipelago is a great place for jungle lovers and lava enthusiasts alike. https://leapingaroundtheworld.wordpress.com/hawaii/