Roots

Josh – I lost my grandmother the other day. It was expected, as health issues had been fairly severe for quite some time, but it still leaves me with a hole. Where once I had roots, the vestiges of those roots are disappearing. One could argue that the way we live – traveling around the…

Farewell, Sun

This might be the last day we see the sun in quite some time. Certainly the last day we wear sandals. No more laksa. No more wantan mee. My parting words are this: We have been in Malaysia for 4.5 months and have barely scratched the surface of what there is to see, experience, and…

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

Argh. Today we found out that the apartment we wanted to rent in Bamberg fell through. It was the only one with enough space and amenities for our needs. Bambergians–and Franconians in general–defy the German stereotype. They can be woefully backwards and out of touch with technology. The apartments there have doilies and floral wallpaper…

A brief note on Kyrgyzstan

I just wanted to write a short note about the crisis in Kyrgyzstan these days. I spent some time there in 2004, and I spent four days in particular in Osh, which is now the epicentre of the violence. The events are described here. Osh is one of the crazier places I’ve visited. It can…

Return to Asia

So what is it like being back in Asia, and in Kuala Lumpur in particular? Well, we’ve been here a week and barely left our neighbourhood. It’s not that our hood is pure genius. It’s adequate, though. There is a row of food stalls in the alley out front of our building to provide us…

All Good Things

When we first got here three months ago, the wheat was waist-high. Now the fields are fallow after the harvest. The sun shone but the summer was never warm. We got a lot of wind, and too much rain. Even August has been cool. The fruit trees that were once bare now bear purple plump…