Norway Do’s & Don’ts

Norway Do’s & Don’t’s, according to laws & local customs and my own humble observations: ~Do say “hello,” “thank you” (“tussen takk”—thousand thanks), & make small talk. ~Don’t fear for your safety. ~Do enjoy the many vegan options provided at so many non-vegan spots (just bought vegan cake right outside the fish market). ~Don’t strain…

Not a police officer here?

Norway Reflections, Part II: But I have a question: “Where are all the police?” I asked. “Because in four days here so far, I haven’t seen a single police officer.” Response from a native Norwegian: “Well, you could be here many months and not see one.” “ “Well, what about roving bands of teenagers? Like…

What’s Going On in Norway?

“What the heck is going on here in Norway?” you ask. Some reflections of an exploration… (in no certain order) And my AirBNB apartment & host are wonderful. Rose makes me up a large vegan breakfast every morning and total cost there is like $80 a night, just a bit over a mile from the…

If she hadn’t left me…

…I very well may not have run today up Mount Floyen. This Mt. Floyen—in Bergen, Norway. Within three days, I’d begun considering the trip seriously. Within a week, I had my ticket. Serendipitously, but taking me by surprise, I soon met a gorgeous women’s half marathon champion and we’ve been messaging every day-all day ever…

Lockdown Day VII: Wandering Again Within Razor Wire Perimeter

Sunday, October 09–Day 7 of a “3 day” lockdown The doors have opened! We are freed! (Kind of) Transportation passes good for 48 hours are being distributed out front. Private cars began exiting this morning. But the grocery below is locked up. The fruit store would not allow me to buy. Virtually every business besides…

Lockdown, Day III

Yes. It’s happened again Sunday night-Monday morning, October 02-03, 2022, Yunnan province, China—215 miles to the Laos border: Like so many experiences in China, it began as another exciting, culturally shocking, yet subdued night, before morphing as we slept into a wholly unexpected, startling phenomenon. Thrilled as I was to see the Cambodian (or Dai)…

Bike Rides & Blessings

Sunday, September 11th: Jinshan-Fengxian-Pudong (3 districts of Shanghai) Another 61 mile ride in the books. So, within 32 hours, we cycled about 123 miles. But whereas Day 1 took about 5 hours 45 minutes including breaks, Day 2 took a total of 7 hours 25 minutes😩 Stiff headwind, some posterior fatigue and heavy packs full…

Tangled

How could I not gallavant out here to Fantasyland and have a nice relaxed patio dinner of vegan pork, veggies and rice—green tea included? After dinner, I took a pirate ship to Neverland,walked alongside the artwork story of a wooden toy who became a boy in Pinnochio Village Kitchen’s dining rooms, and spent a bit…

So it was written

In my novel, written last year, it was the Voyage to the Crystal Grotto which helped fortify me in pandemic separation from Serena. This very afternoon, Serena & I took the Voyage together. And so Shanghai Disneyland yet again fortified our relationship. In what must be at least our 16th trip together, we meandered, walked…

A Lot More to Add, But First This…

19:00/7pm. I have a ton more pics and stories to share. Many are already in FB feed (Kyle Macy Hall, Shanghai). I’ll get more in here in near future… Meanwhile, how’s a man supposed to feel about going into the office tomorrow at 08:00 for the first time in about 5 months? Due to online…