My perspective on the other side of the writing life as I watch a news crew set up a camera to interview me for Kazakh TV.
Going back to the real world from the “other world.” Leaving Central Asia, on my way to . . . Puerto Rico. Seriously.
Central Asia is fun — perhaps a little too much fun.
I went to the first McDonald’s in Kazakhstan. I was the only customer there.
I came into Aktau to visit the emerging port / SEZ area, but found a place that was incredibly interesting for many reasons.
Aktau has an address system that’s relatively unique. The streets really are unnamed.
Aktau was once one of the Soviet Union’s closed city, a secret work camp that few outside of it knew existed.
Into the land where people go to battle for barstools.
A traveler daydream interrupted.
Want to eat dinner at 5am? Want to start drinking at eight in the morning? Want to stay up all night long in a cafe? In Bishkek this can be done.
The third installment of a classic David vs. Goliath story … where the damage has already been done and there is no giant left to kill.
We got close, real close.
The second part of The White Elephant web series has been published on Rumble and YouTube.
Remembering how we always used to do this.
The best thing about travel is perhaps the fact that you have no idea what’s going to happen.
The story of a unique world culture struggling against a failed Chinese development project.
I don’t like where this is going.
You can never get to the end of travel, but you can spend a lifetime trying.
I go in search of the best beach in the west of Puerto Rico.
Have I finally found the beast beach in the world?