Author Archives: Saint Expedite

About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at

Caligula in Paradise

At the end of The Happy Isles of Oceania Theroux checks into the Orchid Bungalow at the Mauna Lani Resort in Hawaii which, at the time, ran $2500 per night (now $3900). After tramping around the South Pacific with a collapsible … Continue reading

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The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

A perennial theme for popular travel writers is the discovery of Shangri-La, the fictional paradise described in James Hilton’s 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. Some are also aware of the travel writer’s version of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle: when a writer observes a place and writes about … Continue reading

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Tick Tock

Genghis Khan’s propensity for the “systematic slaughter of civilians” in the regions he conquered makes him an unlikely choice for Russian travel industry spokesman. Continue reading

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Before the Mast

A few commercial shipping lines make a limited number of berths available for passengers. From the pictures available at Freighter World Cruises in Pasadena, the cabins appear to be clean and relatively spacious, with austere furnishings. Meals and soft drinks are included. The passenger must bring supplemental provisions. Some … Continue reading

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“The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good”

I’m beginning understand why people surrender themselves to vacation and travel packages. If you stray from pre-packaged itineraries you take on uncertainty and what seem like onerous scheduling responsibilities.    For example, generous friends gave me a debit card for a local travel agency … Continue reading

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Jumping Off

I want to stay close to the ground Continue reading

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