Echo Park has always been known for its history, all the way back to its silent movie-making days when Charlie Chaplin and Mack Sennett made their madcap two reelers right down the hill in their own studios, when the neighborhood was still called “Edendale”.read more
“The kibbutz is a very good school for life.”
“Our friendship is a testament to bonds that can be made across cultures and borders.”
–Raphael Morav, Israeli diplomat and Episode 12’s guest on “e-travels with e. trules”read more
It’s 6 am and Surya and I are at the North Borneo Railway Station in Kota Kinabalu, the biggest city on the island of Borneo in East Malaysia. We’ve been marooned here for 4 months, on a Fulbright Grant I’ve received to teach Muslim students “freedom and self expression”, because… for some odd or lucky reason, I’ve been chosen to represent my country in the Islamic world, shortly after 9/11.read more
1- “Never lose your sense of wonder and adventure when you’re traveling.”
2- “Never complain that you don’t do things that way at home; that’s part of the point of traveling.”
3- “Never whine, because in the grand scheme of things, if you can afford to travel, what do you have to complain about? “read more
Bali, Indonesia, 2012,
You know the old saying that “every cat has 9 lives”, right? Well multiple that – times 2 – for the 18 lives that any two people have collectively between them – and you get the premise of this tale — where my wife, Surya, and I, have returned to the magical island of Bali, where we met in 2000 – only to be confronted with two — life threatening adventures, or as I say in the podcast’s weekly Intro: two… mind-boggling… “mis-adventures”. This week’s travelogue, “Nine Lives Times 2, and Good Karma”, is all about bad luck, good luck, and the powerful instinct to survive… no matter where you are… or what happens!
My guest this week is Joanthan Munoz-Proulx, otherwise known as “JMP”, my former student and now independent theater artist, who first gave me the idea of doing a travel podcast. After me seeing me do a reading of my travel pieces, having previously read them on my blog, he said to me:
“Trules, your stories are SO MUCH BETTER when we hear your voice!
Great show, if you love travel, you will love thisJuly 5, 2017 by Young free and coupled from United KingdomWell worth a sub, DO IT NOW, i did!A mind-expanding guide of the worldJune 30, 2017 by Keltonboy1755 from United StatesListen to this podcast and the man who...read more
Stories, freedom, vulnerability, accidents & incidents, synchronicity, letting go of control, discovery, having to live in the moment… these are the pearls cast by travel.read more
Aluasi, Ecuador, 2003. Imarried for the first time at age 55. Also in 2003. I married an Indonesian girl I met in Bali who was 31 years youngwer than I was and who spoke almost no English. Go figure, huh?
But in the summer of 2003, a few months after we tied the knot in LA, we took our first extended trip together… to Machu Picchu in Peru, and up Los Avenidas de los Vocanoes, along the mountainous spine of Central Ecuador. For 2 months, we traveled in all-night buses with “los indeignos”, the local natives wrapped in colorful sarapes, wearing gray bolwer hats. I loved it. My wife hated it. And this trip… was as much about… our new marriage… as it was about South American culture and adventure.
Enjoy and Happy Trails………..