The Angels in the Details

Sculpture in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

I love taking photographs when I travel, but I am selective about it because cameras can make you an outsider, an observer instead of a participant. One thing I like about having a camera is that, even if I don’t use it, I pay a little more attention to the details.

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Somebody Else’s Armenia


What a relief to meet these two smilers

I went to Armenia because I thought it would be a good place to write — pleasant without a lot of tourist distractions. I expected to feel a special connection in Armenia. It is my ancestral homeland. I have wonderful memories of spirited gatherings with my Armenian family. And I believe in genetic memory, a physiological connection to our ancestors’ experiences.

It was pleasant and quiet as I expected.  But I didn’t like Armenia so much.

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Internal Conflict and Cat Memes


Chinese symbol for internal conflict

So well, I have a very small problem.  I no longer know whether I have a travel blog or a blog about the world I am seeing.  Since I began my serious traveling in August 2014, I have been writing mostly chirpy stories. Travel makes me happy.  Although I have seen hardship, I guess I saw it through my own optimistic lens. Continue reading

Chillin in Armenia

DSCN0165Yerevan is a great place to hang out and write, which is what I came to do (mainly).  I have a nice apartment that overlooks a park that is full of public art and lined with cafes.  I love to go out walking through the city and, although Yerevan does not have world class tourist sites, there is always plenty to see.  The weather at this time of year is perfect and the pace is nice. Continue reading