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Silk Weaving on the Silk Road

December 27, 2018

In 2016 I traveled from Xi’an to Kashgar to follow the ancient trading route known as the Silk Road. Silk was only a small fragment of this vast network but as China’s most guarded secret it is the one material with the most mystery and legend. It was in the city of Hotan (Hetian) in China’s Xinjiang province that I got to experience the magic of silk road silk. Once a separate kingdom on the edge of the Taklamakan desert,…

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Golden Age Thinking in Koh Chang, Thailand

While in Koh Chang last summer I found a Lonely Planet guidebook in our guesthouse from the 1990s. It described Koh Chang as an adventurous island for people wanting an off-the-beaten-path experience. It explained how Koh Chang had few paved roads and the best-preserved…

April 18, 2016