Thai Dancers with unexpected grace

Two of my worlds collide in Bangkok, saved by Thai dancers, unexpected grace, and continuing a centuries-old tradition of royal Thai dance. February 2015 First, I love dance. Any dance. I’m a little too creaky to get down on the floor, but those hip hop moves amaze me. I even watch “Singing in the Rain” over and over. Sometimes I combine my love of dance and my romance with travel. The greatest two minutes of dance I ever saw was an assassination scene danced by the Cuban National…

Siberian Express Dreams

Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and China, late December, 2014. Part 7: I’ve had Siberian Express dreams for years, taking a train across the vast stretch of Siberia, leaving Moscow headed constantly on, day and night, to distant places in Asia. December 2014 was our opportunity to make dreams real. Like much of travel everywhere, people were the best part. People were the best part. Although each party had their own cabin and while plenty of time was spent sprawled out reading or listening to music, most people seemed to…

Siberian Express Dreams

Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and China, late December, 2014. Part 6: I’ve had Siberian Express dreams for years, taking a train across the vast stretch of Siberia, leaving Moscow headed constantly on, day and night, to distant places in Asia. December 2014 was our opportunity to make dreams real. With eight nights and seven days on board, we had to eat. Eating aboard the trains wasn’t our first concern. Dining cars are generally available (more on this later) but many of the passengers, especially the Russians and younger Europeans…

Siberian Express Dreams

Late December, 2014. Thoughts while rolling eastward through the vast boreal forest of Russia and Siberia, an epilogue. Something there is with trees when they grow old. They want to lie down. If they’ve escaped disease, fire, the woodsman’s saw or the bad luck to take root in a future construction site, they age in place and finally die. And lie down. Here at home in Nevada’s Spring Mountain Range drought and bark beetles take down the stately Ponderosa pines of 80 foot height and 200 years or…