Monsoon Rains in India

How To Turn Severe Weather Into A Travel Memory

Derek India, Interesting People 17 Comments

First of all, let me reintroduce myself. Here I am. Wandering Earl. Let me repeat, “Wandering Earl”. It appears that more than a few people have been quite confused about my identity over this past week, often mistaking me for someone completely different. I’m not mad or anything. And even though some of you have berated me via email or …

A Decade of Wandering Ends, Another One Begins (Part 1)

Derek Personal Stuff 19 Comments

On December 25th, 1999 I left the USA for Southeast Asia to embark on my first independent backpacking adventure. When I arrived in Bangkok, I found myself, as so many others do, wandering aimlessly around Khao San Road at 2:00am, exhausted, overwhelmed, confused, shooing away lady-boys and searching for a place to stay. I’ll never forget the fear of that …