Taking The Long Road Home
- Austin, Texas, United States of America
- October 06
- Agonist Intermedia Inc.
- Sean Paul Kelley is a travel writer, former radio host, and before that an asset manager for a Wall Street investment bank that is still (barely) alive. He recently left a fantastic job in Singapore working for Solar Winds, a software company based out of Austin to travel around the world for a year (or two). He founded The Agonist, (agonist.org) in 2002, which is still considered the top international affairs, culture and news destination for progressives. He is also the Global Correspondent for The Young Turks, on satellite radio and Air America. He blogs at The Huffington Post from time to time as well.
He's traveled in more than 50 countries including Iran, Turkey, Oman, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, China, Nepal and India.
You can read his travel-blogging at The Agonist, which is updated regularly.
MY RECENT POSTS
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May 01, 2010 11:30AM
- The Madhouse
June 23, 2009 07:44AM
- Nyborg Journal, June 8 2009:
Notes From A Train And Beyond
June 08, 2009 03:51PM
- Serendipity Lives in Budapest
June 06, 2009 09:27AM
- Budapest Journal, June 5,
June 05, 2009 09:02AM
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Hope all is well is Istanbul
hope to be there this
May 13, 2010 06:30PM
- “Aye, to learn and meet
new people indeed!”
June 06, 2009 10:31AM
- “Thank you! That is
June 05, 2009 10:18AM
- “And my time in Istanbul
and Turkey was magical. As
as I wrote, as my
June 05, 2009 09:53AM
- “Yes, the family bond in
Turkey--and Muslim countries
June 05, 2009 09:52AM
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I picked up a copy of Lord John Julius Norwich's "Byzantium, the Decline and Fall" yesterday. I read the first volume many years ago in hardcover got sidetracked, missed the middle volume and only picked up the abridged "A Short History of Byzantium" a few years later so… Read full post »
But get out on that water and it gets cold fast, wind… Read full post »
The last few days have been difficult. For the first time in a very long time I was lonely, a deep and visceral loneliness, reinforced by big city interaction/non-interaction: a bump… Read full post »
If one had but a single glance to give to the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.
It's a big city, Istanbul. Ten million people? Fifteen? Is anyone really sure? Modern Istanbul's name is a contraction from an old Greek phrase, 'εá¼°ς τá½&ac… Read full post »
Nine days without journaling? That needs to change. The ink spill in my bag certainly didn't help. Whoever heard of a backpacker carrying around ink for Mont Blanc fountain pens? My hand is spoiled by the smooth 14 carat… Read full post »
you are Indian, or of Indian descent, I must preface this post with
a clear warning: you are not going to like what I have to say. My
criticisms may be very hard to stomach. But consider them as the
hard words and loving advice of a
I had to leave India. I was at the breaking point. I just couldn't stand the place any longer. If all India could be like Kerala then it would be a truly wonderful place to travel in, but it's not. And it isn't.
Two months in India and… Read full post »
seriously considering heading to Dubai in the very near future. The
Pakistani visa process is not going well at all. And my time,
patience and willingness to deal with the sub-Continent are fast
running out. If any of you have friends, family, associates in
Dubai or elsewhere
Narayan, in his travel memoir of Karnataka "The Emerald Route" quotes Fergusson, an English traveler and surveyor, approvingly on the monuments surrounding Bijapur: "A group as rich and as picturesque as any in India, and far excelling anything of that sort on this side of the Hellespont."… Read full post »
I have totally neglected my duties here of late. Long story and
many apologies. I do have may adventures to relate from the last
three weeks. Being sick really sidetracked me. However, I know you
are not interested in my 'intestinal fortitude' or lack thereof.
Nandi, a local Mysore cow (technically a bull) recently learned of California's 'Happy Cow' Campaign and auditions for a 'Fresh Face.' Nandi wants the part.
"Every cow here in Mysore dreams of going to Bollywood. But Hollywood? That would be being amazing," said Nandi.
"Also, I am… Read full post »
14km from Mysore the great river Kaveri divides into two branches
which meet again about five kilometers further down," writes R.K.
Narayan, "and these parted arms enclose a space of land known as
Srirangapatnam." Narayan, in The Emerald Route, his
travel-memoir of his native state o
Sanjiv was the first to answer, saying,"there is one, Brahman. All others are incarnations of the 'one,' or… Read full post »
Nonetheless, I did manage to take a boatload of photos today and upload them.
I first visited the Maharaja of Mysore's palace.… Read full post »
This post is made up of several more random items I've written in the last several days but have been unable to post here at Gather due to difficulties accesing the internet.
was a dusty little seaside town with naught but ten or fifteen
cross streets. One half of the town is dedicated to tourism and
travelers, for both are here in equal measure. Othavadai and
Othavadai Cross Streets are where you’ll find the tourist
haunts, places like the
is a single shoe doing in the middle of the road? How did it get
there? Was it lost? Did it fall out of a trash bag in a lorry? If
it were lost, how was it lost? Was someone walking and it fell off?
been two days already here in India and already I have a lifetime
to write about, photos to share and on and on. Jeez, it's probably
a good thing my head wasn't on straight last time I was here or I
might well have gotten lost and
It's really a pretty amazing, organized place. Jeff and I hung out, mostly we just went to Petronas Towers, but the Skybridge tickets were all sold out for the day.
The infrastructure here is great. My iPhone… Read full post »