In the previous post, you can see what happened to me in Morocco, France, Suriname and South Africa. Below, my experiences were. . . different. A rocky road, sex acts on a temple and an odyssey between two airports in Moscow make clear how travel to foreign countries inevitably delivers surprises.
On a trip to Nepal in the late 80s, two of us thought it would be a good idea to hire a car and driver to visit Pokhara, the country’s second largest city 125 miles from Kathmandu. After the Siddhartha Highway was completed in 1968, the city became a popular tourist destination.
According to Wikipedia, most of the tourists visiting Pokhara trek to the Annapurna Base Camp and Mustang. A longish walk far short of a trek sounded like fun, though Continue reading →
The Statistical Abstract, aka “Uncle Sam’s Almanac,” contains more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts that collectively describe the state of our nation and the world. So says a press release that I found last week and toy with below.
Included are 53 (!) new tables, covering topics such as worldwide space launch events this decade, the use of complementary and alternative medicine, the type of work flexibility provided to employees, employment status of veterans and road fatalities by country.
If you value your life, don’t even think of driving in Russia. If you or someone you know attends school, remember that forewarned is forearmed. And if you’re a U.S. citizen seeking to live abroad, I wouldn’t suggest Zimbabwe for any number of reasons.