Oman

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May 5, 7:  Oman.  We make two stops in this small monarchy, located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian peninsula, overlooking the strait of Hormuz, great spot for watching the world’s oil tankers float by. First stop is Muscat, … Continued

Dubai

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May 3,4:  Dubai, U.A.E.  This is the second largest emirate of the U.A.E. and has made a name for itself by constructing bold, even outlandish projects, then inviting the world to come and do business here.  The tallest building on … Continued

Fujairah

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May 2: Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.  Located in the southeast corner of the Arabian peninsula and bordering the Persian gulf, the U.A.E. is a small country about the size of Maine.  It is an oil-rich nation, formed in 1971 through … Continued

Mumbai

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April 28, 29 – Mumbai, India.  My third and final stop in India is in the metropolis of Mumbai, or as many still call it, Bombay.  Around 20 million people live in Mumbai and 300 more families move here every … Continued

Kochi India

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April 25,  Kochi, India.   I’m not the first person willing to travel great distances for a good meal.  Marco Polo, Vasco da Gama, and a countless parade of trader/explorers have come to Kochi (formerly Cochin) since ancient times to get … Continued

Colombo

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April 23, 24 Colombo, Sri Lanka.  We arrive in the harbor of Galle, our second stop in this country.  There is no deepwater dock, so we plan to drop anchor and tender passengers to shore.  But the sky is dark … Continued

Sri Lanka

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April 22, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.  As we sail from India’s east coast toward its west coast, we stop to visit Sri Lanka.  Until today I knew nothing about this country.  Now, after a full day here I know some basics.  … Continued

Chennai India

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April 19-20, Chennai, India.  A lot has been written about India, and now it’s our turn to see it up close.  Our stop in this city, formerly called Madras, was not part of the original itinerary.  We were supposed to … Continued

Malay Penisula

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April 13, Singapore.  We decide to skip the planned tour – we are temporarily tired of tours, plus I’ve seen this city before.  Just want to relax, enjoy a good meal.  We leave the ship and discover a huge shopping … Continued

Cambodia

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April 8:   My tour in Cambodia begins with a drive through the countryside, stopping to visit a small rural village.  Even before we arrive at our destination, it becomes evident that this country is different.  It’s not the poverty … Continued

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