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Greenland: Kangerlussuaq

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The Arctic Desert I’ll start by observing how blessed I am to have seen a fair chunk of the world and yesterday may hold the record for the greatest single day contrast thus far. It began at 0600 in Copenhagen in a hotel and thanks to the wonders of jet travel, ten hours later I […]

Copenhagen, Friendly for a Price

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Don’t Even Look The exchange rate is about 6.4 Danish Krone to the dollar but unfortunately, nothing can be purchased for a dollar, or two or three, etc., etc. I have given to not looking at prices. A danish and a coffee is 60 Krone, a 10-minute cab ride is 100 Krone and it’s upwards […]

“Road Trip” Off to Greenland

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But Copenhagen First (and Last) So, it’s off to chilly Greenland for ten days but who knew that the way there was through Denmark? The Danes own Greenland (sort of) so we come here and then fly back across on Tuesday. I had paid for an economy-plus ticket on Scandinavian Airlines but my so-called frugal […]

Safety: Buses & Us

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Each year millions of Americans ride motorcoaches as an inexpensive alternative to air or rail travel. Dozens of discount lines now run between major cities across the country. Tens of thousands of groups book travel where motorcoaches are used, including student field trips. Motorcoaches are safe but not entirely so. This past week a motorcoach […]

Getting There: Tuk-Tuks, Trains and Boats

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Part of the adventure of travel is experimenting with getting around to see how other folks do it. This trip has had a fair amount of that. When heading for the airport in Chiang Mai, the hotel staff urged that I take a tuk-tuk three-wheeler rather than a taxi as it would be quicker. Indeed, […]

Some Bangkok Fire/Rescue

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Bangkok Bangkok has its version of the same old story of occupation by various European powers, the French, British, etc. Today, it is a gigantic city and growing larger by the day. There are construction cranes by the dozens and they can be seen in all directions for miles on end. In land area the […]

Sri Lanka This and That

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Some Parting Images While it’s time to move onto Thailand I realized I still had some images I wanted to share. A stack of brooms used to clean around the Jaya Sri Maha Bodi, the oldest human-planted tree in the world in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The ever familiar petal decoration adorning many famous buildings in […]

Driving Me Mad

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On the Road in Sri Lanka I’ve been to Nepal and India four times but have never travelled extensively on busy highways in this part of the world. Virtually all of Sri Lanka is two lane roads, even between major cities. There is a lane in either direction and a shoulder on either side. I […]

A Kandy Train

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Sri Lankan Railways The railway system is a vestige of British occupation dating from 1864. The Brits introduced tea to the country, grown in the uplands, and the railway was needed to ship the processed tea leaves to Colombo for shipment by sea to England and other ports. The locomotives were steam, then diesel and […]

Kandy, Sri Lanka Fire Brigade

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Former Sri Lankan and Then British Capitol Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second largest city, located in the country’s hilly interior at an altitude of 1,600 feet. Don’t let the elevation fool you, it is still blistering hot perhaps as there is that much less atmosphere to dampen the sun. (I’m not complaining, much.) The population […]

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