Category Archives: Random thoughts

Not Locals, Friends

Last night I talked about my recent travels. I met a bunch of people who had heard stories about me, and the places I’ve gone, and things that I’d done, but they’d never met me.  Early on, one woman commented: … Continue reading

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I sounded my Barbaric Yawp ON the roof of the world

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world. – Walt Whitman (LEAVES OF GRASS) Bulunkul is a small village in an obvious glacier valley resting at … Continue reading

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“think us violent and stupid”: Arriving

Emomali’s chubby face peered into mine with intent, almost like he was questioning a spy, or at least a man caught trying to steal a wallet. The trays from two airplane meals were stacked on his tray table, and this, … Continue reading

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My accidental breakfast with a former…”terrorist”

*name of person has been changed to K. to protect him* I could not sleep. I had fallen asleep fast and hard when I had arrived home the night before as I had woken up at 4am that morning. But … Continue reading

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“I can’t break my fast without…”

Welcome readers, if you did not know, to the month of Ramadan! The month where Muslims all over the world show their respect  to Allah, and their faith by not eating or drinking, smoking or (as the French news put … Continue reading

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Could the Soviet Union Have Done Something Right?

I am sure my grandfather, well both of them, would be spitting mad if they read this entry. And even though I loved and still respect both of them, I feel it’s worth writing. See in the US we have … Continue reading

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