2007 in Retrospect

Before we move any deeper into 2008 I want to take a moment to reflect on everything that happened in 2007. As we get older time can seem to slip by without us noticing. Each year gets progressively faster and the refrain “where did the time go?” wets our dry lips ever more frequently. Some psychologists think that time appears to move faster as we age because we stop creating as many new experiences. Our memory skips over details that we have become accustomed to: driving, eating, sleeping, playing. Even new experiences are built upon previously ones and the brain doesn’t record the full depth of each moment. We used to have summers that lasted forever when we were kids, and now full years fly by and blur into each other. I can safely say that 2007 was full of new experiences and as rich as any other year of Read full article…

Sri Lanka 2008: Bombings, Assasinations, and Cease Fire Abrogation

In the morning of January 2nd Colombo greeted the New Year with a bombing in Slave Island, a busy business district. The roadside bomb targeted a military bus transporting wounded soldiers from the army hospital to the General Hospital. Targeted bus Four people were killed, seven were sent to the hospital in critical condition and 22 others were injured. Thankfully all of my friends and their families were uninjured, but my heart goes out to all those killed and their families who have to start 2008 in such a horrible manner. A view of the street The bombing follows two other bombs in November which killed over 18 people and injured over 37 more. In the wake of the November bombings the police arrested over 2,553 ethnic Tamils in the Colombo area. Most were released a few days later but over 100 were kept in custody. After the current bombing Read full article…

Thankful Thanksgiving

Sometimes life is not so easy and what can start out as a great time can devolve into a very stressful one. This story has been occupying my mind for the past week and I feel like I need to get it out. Last weekend I took a trip down to Hikkaduwa, a beach town about 2 1/2 hours south of Colombo, to surf. I was planning on buying a surfboard for the season and spent the first day out on the waves and walking around the beach looking for anyone looking to get rid of a board. I had a great room looking out over the ocean, with a nice balcony just above the palm trees. View from my balcony Everything was in place for a great weekend: good surf, friends all around, and plenty of tables on the beach full of beers to drink under tropical palm trees. Read full article…

I am proud to say that after an extended break Todd’s Wanderings has undergone a complete face lift. My life has been very hectic since I last posted in May, including starting a new job working with Human Rights. Just getting settled in took longer than I expected and my posts suffered due to it. Now that I am back I have decided to share not only photos of my life but also a little more about me for those readers I have never met. The initial concept of this blog was to keep my friends and family up to date on my wanderings and my various adventures. I have now opened up the blog to anyone who wants to read and comment on it. My posts will still mostly be about trips I have taken, using photographs to tell the various stories. However, I will also be commenting on Read full article…

Road Trip to Mount Ramalou, East Timor

As promised here is the beginning of my updates. While I am currently living in Sri Lanka I want to share with you a road trip myself and 3 friends went on to East Timor’s tallest mountain, Mt. Ramalou. Located in the middle of the country it is not the easiest of places to reach. I don’t remember the exact distance (maybe about 160 km from Dili), but the first 140 km took about 4 hours and the last 20 kilometers another 3 hours!! It was great to get out of the “city” and see a little more of the country side. East Timor has an abundance of natural beauty and while the mountainous areas are some of the poorest and least accessible in the country, they also hold some of the most spectacular vistas, and kindest people there are. Enjoy the trip!! Climbing the winding roads above Dili, we Read full article…

After taking a short break from updating this blog, not wandering, I am back and ready to fill everyone in. In fact the whole reason I have been negligent on keep the blog up to date is exactly because I have been wandering so much. There have been some changes to Todd’s Wanderings, the most major being that I have opened access to everyone. I have also added a permanent link to a photo exhibit on a 1,200 km Japanese pilgrimage I walked. More changes will follow, and more content will be added so check back frequently. So….Please stay tuned for an exciting recap of the past 3 months which will include, climbing up the highest mountain in East Timor, surfing in Bali, scuba diving in the gili islands in Indonesia, moving to Sri Lanka, visiting Dickewella and the amazing Dickwella dancers, the Sri Lankan cultural triangle and getting charged Read full article…

Bali, Camping and Everything Inbetween…

A more recent update…. All of the other posts are basically background information to catch people up on my life here in East Timor. So here is what has been happening for the past 3 weeks or so. (beginning of November through the 3rd week). Bali… Kay (the woman I am dating) left East Timor to go back to Washington D.C. She is quitting her job with the World Bank and moving to Sri Lanka where she will start a new job with the UNDP (United Nations Development Program). So what other choice did we have than to take 5 days off and spend them in Bali, Indonesia. So I worked overtime to get comp time and then we took off for Bali…my contract doesn’t give my any vacation or sick days. We decided to head up to the northeast coast and go diving. After some confusion at the airport Read full article…

Dec 042006
The Way Home

As you may have already heard I have changed homes here in East Timor to a bungalow just outside of Dili (the capital of East Timor). I now live in a one room bungalow inside of a guarded “compound” right across the street from the ocean and a nice rocky/sandy beach. My compound has 3 other bungalows that are rented out by foreigners and our landlords live in a house slightly up the hill from us. There is 24 hour security, a wire fence with gate, 5 dogs, various other Timorese living in the compound (not sure who they are just yet), a bunch of construction workers building a new 2 story bungalow and a garden with three friendly monkeys that like to pick at my arm hair and try to find bugs. I live about a 45 minute walk outside of town so I have bought (and learned to Read full article…

A Good Weekend and Moving

A more recent update…around the beginning of October Well I have to say life is treating me really well at the moment. I have an interesting job, job security for the next 2 months (until December 8th), a great groups of friends out here and some exciting news…..I just moved to a place by the water and I bought a motorcycle and have learned how to ride it. But first things first. I had one of the best weekends I have had in a long time. Not really sure what happened on Friday night…always a good sign….I do remember Saturday so I guess I will start from there. I had my first diving session (my confined dives in the pool) and it was really fun. I get to go out on 4 open water dives in the ocean starting from next weekend. After wards I met up with the Hash Read full article…

Dec 042006
From the Beginning....

Hi Everyone, Ok, here is the first in what I hope will be a number of blog entries to keep you all informed about my life here. After struggling with a couple of programs (they kept mixing up my pictures) I hope this blog will turn out ok. These first few post are an attempt to catch you all up on my life here as I have been very lazy about keeping in touch. I also did not want to subject all of you to mass e-mails that none of you were going to read anyway. This way you can read about my time here if you like or just look at the pretty pictures for those of you who don’t read so good…. So here is the quick update. I was in San Francisco for 3 months working with the Asia Foundation. This led to an opportunity to start Read full article…

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