Pass Control

Here is my latest monthly travel column as it ran recently at 3 Quarks Daily: The northern Indian province of Sikkim, between Nepal and Bhutan, borders Tibet. To visit, non-Indians require an “Inner Line Permit/Restricted Area Permit” issued by the Government of Sikkim Tourism Department. It’s because of history. China chased the Dalai Lama from Lhasa […]

New 10 City Skylines Quiz

A second installment to compliment last week’s version. See how many you can guess. Answers at the end. Yes, some are impossible. IMPORTANT: You can click to enlarge them for a better look, but there will be a caption at the bottom that gives you the answer. Careful. Good luck. Answers: 1. Kyiv, Ukraine 2. […]

The Clerk’s Stamp is Money

And a reprise of the most telling post from a previous trip to Sikkim: The northern Indian province of Sikkim, between Nepal and Bhutan, borders Tibet. To visit, non-Indians require an “Inner Line Permit/Restricted Area Permit” issued by the Government of Sikkim Tourism Department. It’s because of history. China chased the Dalai Lama from Lhasa […]

The Government Is Here to Help. And Here. And Here. And Over There.

Here is a list of organizations funded in full or in part by some level of government that I wrote down while riding between M. G. Marg, a central pedestrian street, and the Hotel Mayfair in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, India: Forest Secretariat, Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management Office of the Principal Accountant General, […]

Markets – Other than Christmas

At this time of shopping frenzy across America, it does the heart good to remember that people aren’t shopping for useless things everywhere in the world. From my other website, EarthPhotos.com, here is a selection of photos showing how they do it elsewhere in the world. Click ’em to enlarge. Cho Cu ‘Old’ Market, Saigon, […]

Manifesto for Travel

This morning I sat down to begin the long process of narrating the audio version of my new travel adventure book Out in the Cold. As I reread the preface (it has been a little while since I wrote it), I thought it stands alone as a pretty good manifesto for travel. So I thought […]

Twenty Cities Quiz

Friday quiz time. Some of these cities are nice and easy to recognize, others are pretty much impossible. When you’ve made your guesses click at the bottom to see how you did. And please brag on yourself in the comments. The numbers correspond to the photo above them. Good luck.   1.   2.   […]

Friday Photos #51: Faith and Worship, a Photo Tour

Here is a good long photo tour that shows whatever their origin theory and wherever they are, people believe in a greater power, a force beyond. Click to enlarge any of these, and please enjoy them: We begin in Bhutan, at a ceremony in the watchtower of the Tongsa Dzong, Tongsa. This is the elaborate interior of […]

Time to Lighten Up a Little

It’s important to talk about wars and rumors of wars, but CS&W was originally about travel, travel writing and photography. So today, back to that. Wherever we go we collect photos of fun, strange, unusual, bewildering, sometimes incomprehensible signs. Here are a few for your amusement, and there are over 450 in the Signs Gallery at EarthPhotos.com. […]