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Bike touring in Asia 2019

Background I met my bike tour companion, a Thai woman in her mid 50s named Noy, through my father in the little town in northeastern Thailand where she was born and raised, and he likes to spend his winters.  On our … Continue reading

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Isola/Izola, Slovenia

Well, finally we have passed through Croatia and are in Slovenia.  There really is a different feel here.  For one thing, we are back in the land of the Euro, versus the Kuna, which is the name of a small, … Continue reading

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Novigrad and Umag, Croatia

Now that we are on the Istrian Coast, there is a much greater Italian influence.  This is due not just to its proximity, but also because this area was part of Italy from the 1st to the 2nd World War.  … Continue reading

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Biograd, Zadar, and Sali, Croatia

Biograd and Zadar had very similar feels to them, both towns are about the same size, and displayed the more European influence that I am starting to equate with the more northern part of the Dalmatian coast.  Zadar had some … Continue reading

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Trogir and Sibenik, Croatia

While our watch was working on our sail from Makarska to Trogir, I was reading the cruising book as per my normal routine while doing the navigation portion of my shift, to learn more about our destination city.  The book … Continue reading


Ploche and Makarska, Croatia

Ploche was a fairly ordinary looking town, which was a welcome relief after the hubbub of Hvar’s tourism. As we approached the inlet, the first thing we saw was a huge industrial dock for aluminum and coal, with loading cranes … Continue reading

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Vis and Hvar, Croatia

The island of Vis has been inhabited since the Stone Age. In 397BC, Greek settlers founded a colony there called Issa. In time, Vis became part of the Roman Empire, and eventually came under the control of Venice, which was … Continue reading

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Ston, Croatia

Ston, Croatia is a lovely country town, and a welcome break from the construction zone of Porto Montenegro in Tivat. We motored for 12 hours north up the coast overnight, splitting up the journey into 4 hour watches (we are … Continue reading


Opening Night!~ :0

Well, we’ve finally had our opening night and it was a wonderful feeling! After working for two months, long hours and everyone pulling as hard as they can from all different directions to bring it all together, the show is … Continue reading

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3rd post, week 5

Well, we are halfway through the production and mounting phase of this new show, “Command Performance”, getting ready to open on July 17th.  The performers have been working hard, and are exactly halfway through the piece in terms of choreography. … Continue reading

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