Author Archives: Kurt

A Burmese Christmas

On December 18th, I left my Nashville condo at 6 a.m. to return to South East Asia for the Christmas and New Year holidays. A few days earlier my business-class upgrade came through, so the 17-hour American Airlines flight to Hong Kong … Continue reading

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905 Days

My two and one-half years in Thailand will end this Thursday morning when I leave Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport for a 25+ hour journey to Nashville. As anyone who reads this blog can tell, I have had a marvelous time in … Continue reading

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Sydney

In 1770, Captain James Cook became the first European to set foot on the Australian continent at what is now Sydney. Eighteen years later, eleven British ships arrived at Botany Bay to establish the first British settlement and penal colony … Continue reading

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Fremantle, WA

In 1829, Fremantle became the first British settlement in Western Australia. Situated at the mouth of the Swan River on the Indian Ocean, the city of 25,000 is twelve miles downriver from Perth. The city’s main attraction is the historic … Continue reading

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At the Zoo

It has been at least six or seven years since I last visited a zoo, but a visit seemed called for since I wanted to see native Australian animals. The Perth Zoo is just a short walk away from the … Continue reading

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Perth

Two weeks ago yesterday, I flew from Bangkok (point A on map below) across the equator to Perth (B) for an eight-day vacation in Australia. Perth is 3,300 miles south of Bangkok, about a six-hour flight. On the following Wednesday, … Continue reading

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No Pix

The rainy season has arrived in Bangkok. The skies are typically overcast, and on most days there is rain, usually in the late afternoon or early evening. With weather like this, I have not gotten out much during the past … Continue reading

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