THE ARDENT ENTHUSIAST

The Tallest Natural Arch in the World Note: An abridged version of this post appears on Atlas Obscura.             Eric Shipton (1907-1977), the famed British mountaineer, was well-known...

Winter Vacation – 2013-2014 – Thailand   Bangkok is an excellent place to buy gems and jewelry tools and a trip to Silom road is a great excuse to stop by...

Thomas “Tom Bol” Guta and his Japanese wife, Nariko, were some of our best friends when we lived in Kathmandu Valley in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1970s he revived...

August 2012 – Bokhara, Uzbekistan The One that Got Away! I had finished reading Travels into Bokhara: The Narrative of a Voyage on the Indus Being an account of a Journey from India...

Tibetan Turquoise Beads

General Introduction When did humans first start wearing beads and why did they start? According to Lois Sherr Dubin, in the The History of Beads (2009, p. 19): “… the earliest known beads...