Tag Archives: Backpacking

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

A63 Vietnamese Coastline

(Excerpted from Chapter 21: The Ho Chi Minh Trail: The Grateful Unrich…)

Danang, Vietnam 


We take an 8:00 AM open tour bus to Danang, after finding a great pick-your-beans coffee shop filled with Vietnamese intellectuals. Continue reading


Maoists, Assassins & Gem Smugglers

Monkey Temple

Monkey Temple

(Excerpted from Chapter 27: A Circle Complete: The Grateful Unrich…)

Kathmandu, Nepal  6-30-10

We get 15-day visas for $25, change money and book a hotel/taxi combo inside the airport. Soon we are off to the Annapurna Guest House. The ride brings smiles to our faces. Oh, the hustle and bustle, the sheer business that is Asia. Continue reading

The Inca Trail

000011(Excerpted from Chapter 17: The Inca Trail: The Grateful Unrich…)

Lima, Peru 1-25-95

Arequipa reeks of fish processing. It is non-descript at best, so despite a chronic lack of sleep over the past 48 hours, we quickly grab a bus for Lima. Continue reading

Class War In Guatemala

1988 - Guatemala_011(Excerpted from Chapter 4: Gringotenango:  The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries)

It’s better to burn out than it is to rust – Neil Young

Comitan  11-1-87

The border station at Comitan is a breeze and we begin our ascent into the magical mountains of Guatemala. The feeling changes as soon as we leave Mexico. Continue reading

Neocolonialism in Malaysia

000016(Excerpted from my book The Grateful Unrich: Chapter 8: The Rambutan & the Thief)

I set out hitching south. After three short rides I am still twenty-five clicks north of Kuantan. Continue reading