Category Archives: Travel

Lost In Lille 2011

Lost In Lille 2011 After the Chunnel Night Luxembourg bound Porsche Boxer The Ambassador behind the wheel Moi Un passenger Through the North of France Flat Same as Belgium Jacques Brel’s Le plat pays qui est a mienne. Eyes shut Still seeing the flatness Safe on the Autoroute The ambassador behind the wheel Luxembourg three […]

Sophie’s Bar Phnom Penh – Songkran 2007

Entry by Ty Spaulding In 1999 Cambodia was at peace. No weapons were seen on the streets, but once off the main avenues the streets were unlit Phnom Penh landmark was located on an unlit side street. Nik and I were looking for Sophia’s a notorious short-time bar. It is not easy to find even […]


In 1995 I traveled with a lapsed Catholic nun from Lhasa to Shigatse. After several days Dorothy returned to Lhasa. We woke at dawn and breakfasted on Momos or dumpling and butter tea. I wanted to get an early start and Dorothy accompanied me to the southern edge of town. The Asia Friendship Highway ran […]

Blinding Snow – Mount Ranier – 1998

In 1998 my father, Todd Shikegane and I toured the Northwest in my friend’s van. Arriving at Mt. Ranier in the morning Todd and I went for a hike. My father remained in the lodge by the fire with his crossword puzzle. In his 80s his tramping days were over. The path climbed through sunny […]

Stasi East Berlin 1982

In the autumn of 1982 the BSir’s DJ Henri Flesh and I jetted from Hamburg to Berlin’s Tempelhof aerport to see our friends from Helen Wheels play at a concert halle. We checked into a four-star hotel and toured the city. Of course the wall at Brandenburg Gate anda viewing from a raised platform of […]