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The Chinese Model

(Excerpted from Chapter 14: Chinese Hard Seat Class: The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries)

Yang Shuo, China 1-7-92

When they think they know the answers, people are difficult to guide. When they know they don’t know, people can find their own way -Tao Te Ching Continue reading


Cruising Babylon

(Excerpted from Chapter 19: Cruising Babylon: The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries)

East of the Divide, Montana 7-16-97

We hop off I-90 at Cardwell just as it begins to rain. We follow Highway 2 past the Lewis and Clark caverns, winding our way through steep treeless canyons that look like prime dinosaur habitat. At Three Forks the barren lunar landscape gives way to an oasis full of cottonwoods and willows. The town takes its name from the fact that three rivers – Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin – converge here to form the headwaters of the mighty Missouri River. 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

Bogotá Blues

1995 Ecuador (14)

(Excerpted from Chapter 14: The Inca Trail: The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries)

The Colombian border station is ultra-modern, the Mercedes Benz bus we board on the other side is even more so. We cruise north in luxury, hopping off for the night at Popayan.

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