Goddamn, has this country changed in my lifetime, and for the worse in almost every way. The 1960s, and especially the last three years of that decade, was a tumultuous era, what with nationwide race riots, violent street protests against … Read the rest of this article.
“Boy, you really do like danger, don’t you?” “Better not bring any bibles with you.” “What are you going there for? They hate us”
I turned a deaf ear to all the nonsense. People whose horizon is no wider than … Read the rest of this article.
Before I begin telling you about Morocco, a country in its own league, let me wrap up my overall impressions of the Arab world, which encompasses a large chunk of the Middle East and stretches across the entire Mediterranean littoral … Read the rest of this article.
Nusaybin Hudut Kapisi, the fresh Turkish exit stamp in my passport read. Straight ahead was El Qamishliye, Syria, a remote, sleepy frontier town near the desolate point where Turkey, Syria and Iraq meet. It was 1984 and I was not … Read the rest of this article.
I travel to discover lands and people, not so much to visit famous places, though I enjoy that too. This is what distinguishes travelers from tourists. I admit to a little snobbery here, considering myself a traveler and looking down … Read the rest of this article.
I was never into drugs, but I can’t say I’m a virgin either. When I was a senior in high school, I smoked an illicit substance with some friends, which on that first occasion happened to be hashish. After that, … Read the rest of this article.
I don’t know about where you live, but on Long Island, my home turf until recently, there are a lot of elementary schools. Many of them are surrounded by chain link fences, and often messages of two or three words … Read the rest of this article.
When people learn of my travels far and wide, they often ask what my favorite country is. I never tire of the question because I always love to talk travel. But in reality it’s an impossible question to answer, for … Read the rest of this article.
“They hate Americans.” Oh, bullshit. I’ve heard that silly line so many times I’ve lost count. It’s just one more sign of how ignorant Americans are, how watching television has destroyed their minds. Having traveled to 97 countries, and interacted … Read the rest of this article.