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Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Life and Death on Shiva’s Beach

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

Life and Death on Shiva’s Beach

Is a turtle worth risking your life? PULAU ENU, Aru Islands, Indonesia A newly-hatched green turtle wandered into my tent this evening, attracted, perhaps, by a lantern that the reptile thought was the reflection of the moon on the sea. A few hours later I wander the beach on the windward side of this small […]

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To Cut That Tree, Cut Through Me

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

To Cut That Tree, Cut Through Me

Chipko women’s movement keeps on huggin’ RENI, Uttaranchal, India Any new-age nature-lover can hug a tree, and many do.  But it takes a special kind of person to embrace a tree which is about to be chopped down, and challenge the woodsman “if you want to cut the tree you’ll have to cut through me.” […]

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Prayer Flags Over Rio

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

Prayer Flags Over Rio

Should we trust the eco-bureaucrats or the farmer in Bhutan for eco-solutions? JANGTSIKHA, Bhutan I was cleaning up my office and stubbed my toe against the printed version of Agenda 21, some 700 pages, 2,079 recommendations, guidelines and treaties resulting from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio — the largest eco–bureaucratic gathering ever held.  I […]

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Uzi Fever

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Curious Travel

Letting the macho urges go out with a bang in Cambodia PHNOM PENH, Cambodia In this uncertain world of drive-by killings, high school massacres and gonzo postal workers, is there nowhere a guy can go to blast an Uzi for fun without being labeled a politically-incorrect barbarian? Well, there’s always Cambodia, where Taiwanese entrepreneur Victor […]

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The God Who Flew Off With a Mountain

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Curious Travel

The God Who Flew Off With a Mountain

It takes chutzpah for an Indian villager to stay angry at one of the most popular gods in the Hindu pantheon, but Padhan Patti wants her mountain back DUNAGIRI, India It takes a bit of Hindu chutzpah for a remote Indian villager to stay angry at one of the most popular gods in the pantheon, […]

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The Sultan and the Mermaid Queen

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Curious Travel

The Sultan and the Mermaid Queen

A love story for the ages SOLO, Indonesia The instructions, given by a friend of Javanese nobility, were tantalizingly vague. If you look really carefully, and if the wind is blowing right and you are of good heart and you let yourself “switch mode” into a semi-trance, you just might see a tenth dancer.  That […]

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Searching for Small Folk at the End of the Trail

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Curious Travel

Searching for Small Folk at the End of the Trail

A visit with three types of Hobbits on the isolated Indonesian island of Flores FLORES, Indonesia Imaginary short people fascinate us, and they take up an inordinate amount of space in literature and mythology.  We’re all familiar with the Lilliputians who entrapped Gulliver, Snow White’s pals Dopey, Sleepy, Grumpy and the rest of the Seven […]

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Moses Dreams of Reversing Jewish Exodus in Burma

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Curious Travel

Moses Dreams of Reversing Jewish Exodus in Burma

Caretaker of Rangoon’s only synagogue dares to dream. Will his children go forth and multiply? RANGOON, Burma “Ah, you want to see Moses Samuels,” says R., the front desk manager at a Rangoon guest house.  “He’s an old school friend.  He’s a Jew and I’m a Moslem, but we all got along just fine.  Give […]

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Searching for Orwell

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Curious Travel

Searching for Orwell

A backwater town in Upper Burma was the site for Orwell’s Burmese Days, a book that takes no prisoners KATHA, Burma There are worse travel strategies than to visit places with evocative names. There’s Timbuktu, Congo and Okavango in Africa; and Salvador de Bahia, Darien and Patagonia in Latin America, names which purr with history […]

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Burma’s Generals Hope White Elephants Provide Jumbo Support

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Curious Travel

Burma’s Generals Hope White Elephants Provide Jumbo Support

Burma’s Generals Hope White Elephants Provide Jumbo Support Trying to restore some of the good vibes that come with rare pale pachyderms RANGOON, Burma Most new national capitals feature monumental architecture, statues to independence heroes, broad boulevards, cultural centers and shopping malls. Burma’s new, deliberately-isolated and rarely-visited capital, Naypyidaw (which means “royal capital” in Burmese), […]

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The Skies are Alive in Lanka

Posted on 30. May, 2010 by in Curious Travel

The Skies are Alive in Lanka

Sri Lanka is Ground Zero for hard-to-explain aerial phenomena ANGULLUGAHA, Galle, Sri Lanka I was swimming, just after sunset one night, with my friends Dhanapala and his daughter Vidhisha.  One of us, I forget who, pointed to the clear sky and said: “Is that a plane?” No, it seemed, it wasn’t.  Nor were about ten […]

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Sustainable Golf: Oxymoron or Reality?

Posted on 23. May, 2010 by in News and Events

SUSTAINABLE GOLF: OXYMORON OR REALITY? April 9, 2011 Luncheon speaker at CIMB ASEAN Research Institute “Asean Dialogues”, Bali, Indonesia (Private event)

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Travels in Search of Eco-Dharma

Posted on 02. May, 2010 by in LECTURES

Travels in Search of Eco-Dharma

An Indian businessman creates a sacred forest in downtown Bangalore.  An aging elephant hunter in Vietnam captures 298 wild pachyderms before retiring with a lucrative product endorsement scheme.  An elderly woman in northern India is angry at the Hindu god Hanuman for stealing the village’s medicinal plant mountain. A prominent western-educated sultan of Java offers […]

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Nias

Posted on 26. Apr, 2010 by in Photos

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Civet Coffee-Vietnam

Posted on 26. Apr, 2010 by in Photos

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