Penang, Malaysia: Five days in Food Heaven

When we were in Kuala Lumpur, locals asked us where we were going next in our travels. When we replied that our next stop was Penang, they all said, “Oh, you’re going to food heaven.” In Penang, it was the same: everyone refers to the place as food heaven. Penang comes by its food culture … Continue reading Penang, Malaysia: Five days in Food Heaven

A Jungle Hike and Other Highlights of KL

KL is, of course, what the locals call Kuala Lumpur, which is where we have been for the past week. Following the incident of the stolen passport, we flew to Bangkok and stayed there for six nights, then headed on to KL. The good news is that, after concerns that my temporary passport would not … Continue reading A Jungle Hike and Other Highlights of KL

A long train ride and a day in Belgrade

Way back last winter when we were planning our travels, John discovered that there is a train that runs from Montenegro, through the majestic mountains of Montenegro and Serbia, up to Belgrade.  The rail line was one of Tito’s pet projects when he was president-for-life of Yugoslavia, and the story is that, back in Tito’s … Continue reading A long train ride and a day in Belgrade

Musings on Montenegro

Montenegro is an interesting little country, the size of Connecticut and with a population of about 650,000. While other countries of the former Yugoslavia were involved in bloody wars in the 1990s, Montenegro sat quietly by waiting for the dust to settle. In 1996, as the Yugoslavian Dinar declined, Montenegro adopted the Deutsch Mark, and … Continue reading Musings on Montenegro

Split: The Diocletian Palace and more

Those who know anything about Split, Croatia know it as the site of the palace or ‘retirement home’ of the 4th century Roman ruler, Diocletian. Although little is left of the original palace, it serves as the heart of Split’s Old Town, or Stari Grad, and has been modified over time, serving as living quarters … Continue reading Split: The Diocletian Palace and more