So Small

Up the stone path, at first it’s like a large hill. Like the ones we ran in Suzhou. Towering trees overhead. Gray headstones grow from terraced slopes. The three of us hike through this ancient graveyard. Green moss covers some headstones. A crudely made white ceremonial headdress hangs from a post over another grave. One…

It’s A Day in China

Looks like I’ve been run over by a truck, but I’m okay. It’s just my first traditional Chinese massage. After wearing my paper diaper for a second week in a row (but not thong-like or pink this time),I made the mistake of asking the masseuse to go deeper this time. Well, I’ve had tight hamstrings….

What Wormhole Have I Fallen Into??

Walking into the salad restaurant, I expected to see folks eating. I did not expect to see an entire indoor skatepark with quarter pipe ramps everywhere. Skaters darted back and forth in the midst of a fairly conventional mall–with Chinese touches, of course, of cascading waterfalls & fake monkeys clinging to fake palm trees–as spectators…

Beijing Comes to Shanghai

I’d planned to write today about running on the Great Wall last weekend.  Yes, life is pretty rad when I can casually type out such statements.  But that story will come later. I feel more compelled to tell you all how my boy from Beijing contacted me yesterday. This is the race director, 6 years…

WOW: Mongolia, I

Only 6 days have passed since I arrived in “Zurck (emphasis on final sound)”–Mongolia. In fact, I’m actually now at Maan Coffee in the Beijing Airport.  But it was such a wild ride.   Please sit back & enjoy these photos & initial reflections… I’m not going to sugarcoat it. If I could marry a…

Sometimes,

this is breakfast: No milk in the cereal and a small serving of fruit. But I’m not eating the bowls of ramen or rice with eggs. And I’m not sure what’s in the seaweed. It’s all complimentary so I’d be eating like a king if it was a vegan joint.  Crap. I feel bad. A…

I’m Getting There…

As I lift my pumpkin seeds with chopsticks, I reflect on my first 46 hours in Shanghai… I’m in Veggie Gather, The all Vegetarian joint that fooled a 17 year vegan. I was traumatized as I ate dinner here last night seeing late in the meal that small chunks of pork were mixed in with…

What the F–k is Wrong With Me?!

My boy Charlie was right— Not this Charlie… these are the best of times and worst of times. Yes, as many of you all know, I had an amazing expedition to and through Asia this summer. As many of you may not know, I even got to embrace and kiss beautiful women in Thailand &…

My 5 Favorite Food Joints in Asia & Why (in a nutshell)

In order… 1. Broccoli Revolution (all vegan)—899 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Why Go? A sublime atmosphere in the heart of a huge city. Excellent preparation and presentation.  Friendly service. Vegan desserts and cheeses available. Accepts credit cards. Charging outlets available. Complimentary ice water with cucumber & orange available (not always…

Fukuoka:

Quiet. Peaceful. Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. And I’m just happy to be here.  The Japanese hooking up excellent vegan food yet again. Fukuoka!

The Truman Show?

Is this city, this nation for real? Did the cashier at Family Mart convenience store just bow fairly deeply to me more than once? Are these tiny, winding streets always so quiet and so dang clean? Do numerous employees of a large bank actually all immediately drop what they are doing as you walk upstairs…

I Love Bangkok

I like to write, usually saying more when sometimes less is more.  For those who saw my previous posts from this great land, you already know about how influential Buddhism and the monarchy are here. Many photos relate to such fundamental elements of Thai society. I will annotate where necessary but otherwise am going to…