Solidarity with Ukraine 🇺🇦
Another train line to Laos, Pondicherry reclaims its beach, Tbilisi’s mysterious underground Soviet-era city, and more travel reads.
BANGKOK - I’m back in Bangkok and I must have clocked a full work week of doomscrolling about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. All I can do is share some links that can help, and make a contribution myself.
This resource page has verified ways to help: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/
And more options here: https://linktr.ee/razomforukraine
The official Twitter account of Ukraine has also posted cryptocurrency accounts (verified by other official accounts as not hacked) where you can donate:
Latest posts at Nomadic Notes (and around the web)
My monthly update is out now: Where I’m At: March 2022 – Udon Thani
I also did an interview on Tales of the Orient by Simon Ostheimer. This article gives a background on how I started Nomadic Notes and Future Southeast Asia.
I was in Northeast Thailand (Isaan Region) this week where I followed the route of a future rail line. I posted information on Future Southeast Asia: Ban Phai – Nakhon Phanom Railway. This railway is now in the process of acquiring land, and if it gets built it will mean that you will be able to get a train from Bangkok to Savannakhet in Laos.
Assorted travel reads
My first trip to India was to South India, and it is probably this reason that makes me most nostalgic for it. Another place I want to go back to.
I read this article this morning and I must admit that it sounded appealing to be on a tropical island restoring a bird habitat and being disconnected from global events (and more suitable for me than the Scottish island from last week). And I shit you not, I then went outside and got shat on by a pigeon. Is it a sign? Am I lucky for a day? Or should I just not have walked under that tree where the birds congregate?
“In Yellowknife, Canada, Joe Bailey has earned the nickname “Aurora Hunter” for his uncanny ability to find and follow one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena: the Northern Lights.”
“It wasn’t just a legend. Archaeologists are getting to the bottom of the city celebrated by Homer nearly 3,000 years ago.”
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