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This was originally published on BootsnAll Travel Journal #4 THE TRIPLEGEM AFGHAN EXPEDITION-SUMMER 2005 12/August/2005 – Kabul, Afghanistan Friday – the Islamic day of rest – I had breakfast at the Mustafa, naan, omelet, hash browns and coffee. Breakfast at the Mustafa was eaten in an open, marble-paved courtyard on the second floor. This was where we’d had the barbecue the night before. There I ran into another tourist. He was an Aussie named Peter… Read More

I bought this little Buddha in Vang Vieng, Laos, and it is very puzzling. I’ve never been able to find another example of a seated Buddha holding a naga-handled mirror in front of him while meditating. Never. Ever. From anywhere in the world. This statue probably dates from the 18th-19th century and was most likely made for a household shrine. Originally it seems to have been cast from bronze and covered with… Read More

11/August/2005 – Peshawar to Kabul I awoke early, had my usual Paki breakfast then went down to the Rose Hotel office to meet Prince. It was a small taxi that drove around to the Khyber Agency office to pick-up the armed guard. While waiting for the guard I watch some small boys herding goats…in downtown Peshawar…then we were off to Torkham. It was a bit hazy, but it felt great to be… Read More

August – September 2015 This past summer I returned to Mongolia for further adventures. Unfortunately I contacted John Williamson at Zavkhan Trekking a few days too late and the last place on his Zavkhan Classic horse trek had already been filled. Four years ago I rode horses for three weeks in the remote Altai region of Western Mongolia and I was impressed with their small-scale, custom treks that take you way off… Read More

Nuwakot, meaning nine forts, is a small Newari village high on a ridge above Trisuli Bazaar. Prithi Narayan Shah, the first of the Gurkha kings of Nepal, built a nine-story palace after taking the town in 1762. He lived there for six years before conquering Kathmandu Valley and taking over the country. In February of 2015, this was the destination of the Shiva’s Slave’s annual Shivaratri motorcycle run.   READ MORE…