Category Archives: Travel

ROUGH ROAD by Peter Nolan Smith

Peru sucked in 1995. The country was under siege. The War of Drugs had replaced the War against the Shining Path. The capitol city Lima was cool, but I had unsuccessfully spent the better part of two days trying to score a bag of cocaine. The airport police had fingered me as a user. They […]

APOCALYPSE NOW AND THEN by Peter Nolan Smith

I tried to enlist in the Marines soon after my 16th birthday. My mother wouldn’t sign the papers. The 1968 Tet offensive had dented her belief in the final outcome of the Vietnam Conflict. The dead were airlifted home in coffins. The wounded filled the VA hospitals. Discharged soldiers were portrayed as drug addicted monsters. […]

Dreams of Fast Cars

I am planning a trip to Thailand. My English friends have called with a request to break the JFK-Bangkok flight with a JFK-Heathrow landing. I love them all, but unfortunately for the Limeys I missed my children too much to deviate from my flight plans, although last night a dream transported my unconsciousness wish to […]

Sleep Sweet Sleep

Tourists in Northern Thailand flocked to the convergence of the Mekong and Mai Klong Rivers in expectation of experiencing the notorious Golden Triangle. Most express deep disappointment that there aren’t any opium dens from which they can watch the flow of the Mekong River. A few harass the riverside shop owners for a taste. “Four hours on a […]

Columbia Wrightsville Bridge

This week I drove west from New York to pick up a sheet of laminated glass from York PA. The clouds opened up several times, as I drove Studio 40′s pickup on I78. The interstate skirted Easton, Bethlehem, and Allentown. I dropped south at Hamburg and followed the Schuykill River to Route 222. A patch […]