Monday, December 4, 2006

When I was young I planned to travel, but my travels never went according to plan. That turned out to be a good thing. For example, after completing medical school, I planned to travel around the world in 9 months, and then return for specialty training. I returned 5 years later.

This blog will be about these unplanned travel experiences.

I realize that nowdays there are many travel companies that organize exotic travel experiences. While these may be phenomenal experiences, like my brother's kayaking amongst whales off the coast of Newfoundland, it is not the same thing.

I'll start with one brief example. One day in Fiji I met a young boy who approached me and offered to rent me his horse for $2 per day. I rented the horse, turned off onto a dirt path into the mountains, met a young family who lived alone in the forest, and stayed with them for 2 days in their bamboo and thatched roof bure. My clearest recollection is when the father picked up a stone to show me how he gets coconuts. He threw the stone with such force that it knocked the coconut out of the tree, with one shot. He should have been a major league pitcher.

I invite readers to share their experiences of exotic and unusual travel.


Sunday, December 3, 2006



The South Island of New Zealand in Summer.New Zealand