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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

Morning in Istanbul

I was up with the muezzin this morning, and out the door of the hotel at 5:15, before the call to prayers ended. Let’s just say that the streets were not exactly teeming with the faithful answering the call. The … Continue reading

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Sultan Ahmet Mosque

This is the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, nicknamed The Blue Mosque by visitors because of the interior’s blue tile and paint. It has lush carpeting and is nicely appointed. The organizing theme of the mosque’s interior is tulips, which I overheard … Continue reading

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No Train Greece

I walked the short distance to the Sirkeci train station hoping to buy a train ticket to Thessalonica in Greece on the Turkish Railway and, from there, to Athens on the Greek system. However the taciturn Turkish railway clerks simply … Continue reading

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Istanbul On No Sleep

When my hastily arranged plan for India failed I booked a flight on Malaysia Airlines for Turkey instead. It’s an 11 hour redeye flight from KL, leaving at 12:30 am. The KL airport is probably 50 miles from downtown but … Continue reading

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Kuala Lumpur was the center of British Malayan administration in colonial times, and you can still see buildings from then, including the Central Market. The Japanese invaded Malaya, as it was then known, 90 minutes before attacking Pearl Harbor and … Continue reading

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Banana Breakfast

I am enjoying a banana breakfast in KL, with the very strong coffee that is the style here. “Time to gather your arse up off the floor,(have a bana-na)Brush your teeth and go toddling off to war.Wave your hand to … Continue reading

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