Going West

Vietnam Vagabonding

I will be visiting Vietnam from 27 December 2022 to 25 January 2023. This is a bittersweet part of my return to Southeast Asia since I have not been back in over a year. I lived there from 2020 to 2021 during pandemic times and was fortunate in 2020 to be able to visit and re-visit many places. Prior to that I would always go back to Vietnam when I needed a refill of spirit, soul, or heart. Each place was a story in itself and I got to wander around so many places from Hanoi to Can Tho. I...

An Afternoon spent on Mural Street in Hanoi

Some time ago, I visited this wonderful street with murals that forms the backdrop for the Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi The street has numerous wonderful painted and detailed murals on life in Vietnam. Contrary to most other places there is no graffiti or paint marring their beauty. One can walk the entire street, see Vietnamese people also doing the same and end at a coffee shop or Bia Hoi across the street enjoying. So without further words, here is a photo walk on a day spent on Mural Street almost at the Old Quarter in Hanoi Vietnam. Walking the...

The Edge

A little information on how I became so taken with parts of the world. I wrote this awhile ago but it never has seen publishing. I’ve read it over a few times over the last year and originally it was meant to be an introduction to my stories but now I think it stands on alone as a reason and season to go. It happened early on even before retiring. I lived and worked in Singapore and India for some years. I would travel in other years to Japan for work and play. In 2009 I went to Hanoi for...

2021 Voyages – Amtrak part 2

Here’s the continuation of the Amtrak voyages. Part 1 can be found right here. Welcome to part 2 of the story. I already covered how I went east and the people mostly I met and some on the places. Here is my return trip on the Southwest Chief route. Starting with beautiful Chicago I would work my way back to the west with stops along the way, some day or weekend trips, but mostly the people I met along the way. The Southwest Chief cuts across the deserts and plains and I ended up in Los Angeles. Here’s the train...

2021 Voyages – Amtrak part 1

Here are some Amtrak train travels in the United States in 2021. Part 1 is going east on the California Zephyr train. Part 2 is going west. I decided to do the story in two parts. Rather than tell the story of the places, this is about a few people that made up the places. Hope you enjoy! All of the wandering was captured in a photo gallery. I spent 30 days going east and west. The Amtrak travels can be found in the photo gallery here but each post has a highlight or two or whatever from each journey....

Little Stories – Laos, Malaysia,and Saigon in 2019 or so

Sometimes in this never ending saga, directions get fubar. One way is pretty much as good as another. Then direction really does not apply as much as the Going. This next part tells a few stories about the Going. So we will get going. The stories do not run one after the other. They are just little snippets of a life spent wandering in 2019 and 2020 early on. Vientiane Laos Once upon a time there was Laos. I went to Laos on no real mission at all besides to spend a month going. I flew from somewhere to Vientiane...

It Started with Japan

I mentioned previously how my desire to write a gently fictional account came to be. The desire was to create an account. A story. Maybe a book. It was always to be a periodic and episodic thing. Not at all aligned with time since I hate time and seriously doubt how real it is. Instead the account is a series of memories. Moments. Experiences. Some of these are real. Some are mashups of what was and might have been. This leaves open your own vagabonding. No accounts settled. No verdicts assumed. I wanted to get that out of the way....

Xin Chao Vietnam

This is my story of a passion spent and still alive with a place and people. The story about Vietnam that will come to pass is more of a love affair, a wonderful moment of moments that would be numerous visits and even living in the country. So, instead of trying to cover this wonderful, unique, funny, and sometimes strange country as a visit or places, I will cover all of my time there as one story. One time that was so many times with so many people met, friends and family found. There is no real end to the...