Trinidad & Tobago
Arriving at the South Quay bus depot, I could finally fully feel and see what I had only glimpsed through the bus window. First was the humidity followed by the palm trees and the rigid buildings that flanked the depot. Making my way through the peripheral buildings of downtown Port of Spain, I began to wander through a heavily industrialized . . .
On a clear afternoon, you can see Antarctica in the distance. On other days, the view from the harbor will leave you with the sensation that you are cut off from the rest of the world. Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, appears as though it is perpetually in autumn with the trees’ red, brown, and yellow leaves askew on the ground. . . .
I was well rested after having slept soundly and only waking briefly during an earthquake with its epicenter in Lima about 350 miles away. My only indication was a rumbling and then the slight movement of my bed. The quake felt more like a dream due to my fatigue, and I soon went back into a deep sleep.
The local forecast . . .
Although the restaurant was packed, I easily found a table for one. The locale was small, practically a living room crammed with small wooden tables, thin table cloth, and various condiments at each table’s center. Bowls of noodles, dim sum, rice, and egg rolls were found everywhere. The conversations translated into soft murmurs amid . . .
I hiked about a mile along the Clark River as inner tubes and small rafts floated by in the opposite direction back to Missoula. The hiking trail started in the city and guided me past the university and narrowed as it continued around the base of the mountains. The sky was dotted with clouds that did not fully block the blue sky. The . . .
As a child, I developed a fascination for tree houses. The homes I grew up in had backyards but not nearly big enough to sustain a tree let alone a tree house. I grew up watching other families build one as a group project and, when it was done, the children, now feeling like adults, look down upon the earth as if they were giants.
Maybe . . .
You get used to the humidity. For me it took a few days but the change in environment helped me to adjust. Bangkok’s landscape of tall glass buildings with digital displays advertising various items mixed with a gritty urban landscape was replaced with a rain forest with a few commercial structures such as mini-malls and businesses . . .