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 plan for the year ahead.
On understanding what is really important.
I lose my car and a film project hangs in the balance.
Another film project takes me to Washington.
A life lesson that keeps me running.
A day late but I make it to Havana.
I didn’t make it to my destination when I was supposed to … but did I really expect anything different?
Laughing Through Lockdown.
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.