A Story of a Humble Banana

This week I will be lighting a Yahrzeit candle for my grandmother, Lea Leibowitz (a Jewish memorial candle lit to honor someone special to you on the anniversary of their death). I have previously written about my grandmother and what she meant to me (see my post Lea’s […]

In Support of Hillary

  Warning: Another blog post that is not about travel, but unashamedly about American politics (kind of). *** An exceedingly funny friend of mine from high-school days in Australia, who now lives near New York, recently posted this on his Facebook:   “America, you might call it an […]

Augustus

One of the most popular blog posts I’ve written so far was a very early piece about the quirks of life as a foreigner in Singapore (at that stage I was still living there). In it I described, among other things, the story of how I was required by […]

The Magic of Borobudur

As a kid, I dreamed of being a travelling explorer, yesteryear style. The thought of stumbling through a jungle in search of a long-forgotten temple appealed to my young brain. The notion of doing a Grand Tour of Europe, or arriving in Istanbul on a rickety steam train, […]