Some of my Facebook friends are likely aware that I left Bangkok last week and that I’m currently in the city of Hat Yai near the Thailand / Malaysia border. You wouldn’t know that by reading this blog though. I’m about to fix that.
Let me back up and say that several readers have mentioned that they’re particularly looking forward to the next section of my trip – north from Thailand to Mongolia and west along the Silk Route to Turkey. I understand this as I’m really looking forward to “the great unknown” as well. As fantastic as the experience in Australia and New Zealand was, I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into in those countries. I have absolutely NO idea what it will be like to retrace the steps of Marco Polo – especially when at least some of the countryside I’ll be travelling through is little changed since Marco Polo visited.
I don’t know how frequently I’ll have access to the Internet once I’m on the Dragoman truck and crawling through Mongolia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, but until everything bogs down technology-wise I’m going to strive to produce shorter but more timely and more frequent blog posts. To be honest, it should be much easier to post a quick report and upload a few photos three times a week than the current practice of pounding out a weekly 1500 word short story. I’m also planning to post all of my photos to this site (look for the PHOTOS tab at the top of the home page) and only a select few photos will go to Facebook. If I’m dealing with dial-up connections, I’m not posting things to two different sites!
If I have time when I’m travelling, I’ll still try to do some writing and story-telling. In the meantime, expect shorter and more frequent posts – starting in about 15 minutes when I’ll give you a quick tour of the Worlds Best Hostel.