Thailand and Laos

Six months on the road, through Russia, Mongolia, China, and the Philippines, I finally flew into Thailand to begin my third stint in the country and reunite with my Anna. It was a welcome change having a permanent place to set my head each night, collect my thoughts and finish compiling the journal and photos of my most recent trip. My old friend Tim came to visit for several weeks, his first time out of the USA, and we traveled together. I was glad to have been a part of Tim's maiden experience as an international traveler, and reveled in acting as his guide and companion on the trip. Later, I found a job as a kindergarten teacher, where I worked for five months with cute little 3-year old Thai children. I also took numerous trips around Thailand and Laos with Anna and other friends. After quitting my job, I wrote my first novel, which I hope will someday be published. πŸ™‚
Thailand, Laos January 2016 - Present

Russia and Asia

As much as I enjoyed living in Moscow, where I enjoyed a productive social atmosphere and made many great friends, the unknown road beckoned. Making my decision easier was the collapse of the Russian economy and currency, which dropped my salary to less than half of what it had been before the Rouble's collapse. Unsure of where I'd end up, with brief dreams of India in mind, I ventured north of the Arctic Circle and to the shores of the great Arctic Ocean for the first time, then east, through Russia, to Lake Baikal. I made many stops on the way, experiencing some unforgettable camping, couch-surfing, and hitch-hiking adventures. Finally I entered Mongolia, where I found another world. I seemed to venture decades back in time to a land relatively untouched by modernity. In Mongolia I helped move a ger camp and herded a large flock of sheep, on horseback, during the sunset, which was an exhilarating and memorable moment. In China, I resumed couch-surfing and enjoyed the immeasurable generosity of my hosts and others I met. Finally, in the Philippines, I island hopped, went caving and diving, among other adventures. At the conclusion of the trip, I took solace in the fact that, at age 37, I still had it in me. I had been ambivalent of this idea beforehand, and it was reassuring to gain that confirmation once again.
Russia, Mongolia, China, Philippines August 2015 - January 2016

Central Asian Vacation

During a break between contracts, I ventured into two of the 'Stan' countries in Central Asia. I was particularly enthralled with Kyrgyzstan, an enchanting backwater place where I hitched through its' most mountainous region, hiked around some spectacularly exotic landscape, and made the acquaintance of countless eccentric locals, often in the comforts of their yurt tents.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan July - August 2014 Back to Russia right after...

European Vacation

A very brief holiday to a few 'new countries' on my list: Finland, Estonia, and Latvia. I did some hiking in national parks and stayed with some extremely interesting locals.
Finland, Estonia, Latvia. May - June 2014 Back to Russia right after...

Russia

The two years I spent living and working in Moscow were unforgettable. I felt contented and grounded for the first time in ages, and had a lot of great times. Teaching English there was difficult, and the weather left a lot to be desired, but what's a little thing like the weather when you're surrounded by such great people?
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Golden Ring September 2013 - August 2015

On my way to Russia

Flight from US to Russia is way too long. This time my fear of flight gave me a day in Copenhagen. Short, but remarkable.
Denmark September 2013

East and West of USA

When I ran out of money in Africa, I had to fly back 'home', but only long enough to find another job, in Russia. I split the time between my mother's home in suburban Chicago, and my father's home in Las Vegas. Also stayed with my best buddy Tim in Las Vegas for over a month, while I got everything together to get my Russia visa. I spent a lot of time exploring and compiling a photo album of towns around Lake Michigan, as well as bits of the Southwest USA.
Rockford, Illinois, Lake Michigan Shore, Las Vegas, Utah May - September 2013

Africa

I took the ferry from Spain to Tangier, Morocco, and headed south until I had no more money to continue. I spent nearly two months in Morocco, where I did a stint camping in the Sahara Desert, and also climbed Toubkal Mountain, at over 4,600 meters still the highest mountain I've climbed. I did a lot of hitch-hiking through the Sahara, which was interesting, and ventured through Mauritania, a country Americans aren't supposed to go, but I was treated very well. Finally I ended the trip with over a month in Senegal, and a few weeks in the Gambia.
Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia February - May 2013

Europe

Europe had always been the continent I was least enthusiastic about exploring, but it proved to be the continent who changed my life like no other. I began couch-surfing regularly, and eventually went on a wild adventure spanning three countries. I made life-long friends and had some quite literally unbelievable experiences. Several seemingly insignificant, last-minute decisions, and chance encounters, proved to change my life forever. Although I'd been planning on moving to Turkey, circumstances eventually led me to Spain instead, long after my EU visa had expired.
France, Germany, Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, The Vatican, San Marino, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, Bratislava, Slovakia, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal April 2012 - February 2013

Turkey

At some point of my life I decided to become an English teacher. For this reason I wen to Turkey to get CELTA certification and travel.
Istanbul, Bursa, Uludag, Bergama, Pergamum, Izmir, Sardis, Manisa, Selcuk, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Antalya, Perge, Aspendos, Side, Kursunlu Selalesi, Ankara January - April 2012

Eurotrip on the way to Turkey

On my way to Turkey I was supposed to fly from London straight to Istanbul. But fear of flight made this journey little longer and much more interesting.
Great Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria December 2011 - February 2013

New starting in USA

For about 3 years I spent in USA tring to start new life, but my soul asked for new adventures. Yet there were few adventures in US.
Grayslake, Rockford, Chicago, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Boulder, Albequerque, Kansas City, Effingham, Kinmundy, Louisville, Madison, Indianapolis, Normal, IL December 2012 - December 2011

Australia, Oceania and Asia

After a year of hard work I decided to have a vacation, which I spent traveling through Australia and New Zealand and and returning to the places of good memories in Asia.
Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia. July - December 2008

South Korea

I found job as an English teacher for kids in Masan ,South Korea. I worked there about a year and traveled around this beautiful country.
Bomunho, Bomunsan, Boryeoung, Bulguksa, Busan, Buyeo, Changwon, Cheondonggul, Daecheon Beach, Daegu, Daejeon , Danyang, Dolsando, Gongju, Gosudonggul, Gwangju, Gyeongju, Jeonju, Jinju, Magoksa, Masan , Namhae, Namhaedo, Seoul, Tongyeong, Ulsan, Yeosu etc. May 2007 – June 2008

Visiting USA

Short period of my life between my Latin America adventure and teaching job in South Korea.
Grayslake, Miami, Chicago, Rockford, Indiana (State Park), Las Vegas, Some hillbilly town in Utah. April – May 2007

Latin America

Journey through Central and South Americas took me 2 years. Part of my photos from Colombia, Venezuela and Paraguay unfortunately were lost.
Mexico, Belize , Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, PerΓΊ, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay April 2005 – April 2007

Back to USA

After Asian adventure I had to go back home to finish my education.
Las Vegas, Rockford, Grayslake, Chicago, Little Rock, Dallas January 2003 – April 2005

Rangsit, Thailand

I went studying in Rangsit University in Thailand and traveled a lot around Asia. This was my first journey by myself.
Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan. December 2001 – January 2003

Rockford, IL, USA

This is the point when my story begins. Winter of season '78-79 was one of the coldest and most snowy in a history of state. And I was born on New Year Day during one of those blizzards, which was quite an adventure since fire force were needed to get my parents to the hospital. Since that moment I was growing as usual boy.