The Kaeru Kid

THE KAERU KID: Turkey Trot

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a four-part series. The Classic Turkey tour continues as we leave by bus from Istanbul east-southeast on the way to the capital city of Ankara. We rode a nice air-conditioned bus with free bottles of chilled water available as we cruised on the beautiful modern highways, over rolling […]

THE KAERU KID: Talking Turkey

Editor’s Note: This is the first part in an ongoing series on Turkey. If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. — Alphonse de Lamartine 19th century French writer On a recent visit to Turkey, I departed from my usual independent travel to book a tour through […]

THE KAERU KID: Meeting Warren Buffett

Not all my travels are to exotic foreign countries, as this trip will illustrate. A retired pilot friend, Captain Dave, owns 10 shares of Berkshire Hathaway and invited me to attend the annual meeting of the company in Omaha, Neb. He said airline captains are noted for being frugal and knowing how I travel, he […]

THE KAERU KID: Buffet of Las Vegas tidbits

Many Las Vegas activities may be time sensitive, and since the Nichi Bei has decreased publication to bimonthly, Las Vegas Tidbits in the pipeline are going to be published in this article. Come on folks; encourage your friends to subscribe to this excellent community paper so weekly publication can be resumed. I am not a […]

THE KAERU KID: Mumbai — Scene of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Editor’s Note: This is the final part a four-part series. The Farm Villa driver took me to the Ranthambore train station, where I caught a 16-hour trip to Mumbai. I had a sleeper reservation, though it was not very private or comfortable, but the price was just a little over $20. Making a train reservation […]

THE KAERU KID: Tora, Tora, Tora in India

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a four-part series. Viewing the increasingly rare Bengal tiger in the wild is a dream for any animal lover such as myself. I had been to Tiger Tops resort in Nepal more than 30 years ago, but never saw a tiger there. In India, their scarcity has […]

THE KAERU KID: India — Still the jewel, but no longer in the crown

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series. Onward to Jaipur. The taxi from my Delhi abode to the train station cost $20, but the train ticket for a four-and-a-half hour ride from Delhi to Jaipur was only $11. The price included tea and a cookie, followed by an omelet, juice, bread, and a large […]

THE KAERU KID: India — Still the jewel, but no longer in the crown

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three part series. This is indeed India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, […]

THE KAERU KID: Lima — more than beans

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series. I read about the Chez Wong (aka Sankuay) restaurant that some rate as one of the top 50 in the world (114 Calle Enrique León García). I called to make reservations, but they only have 12 tables and are always full. I went there anyway, […]

THE KAERU KID: Lima — more than beans

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two part series. Yes, lima beans originated in Peru, but the pronunciation changed when they arrived on our shores. Boxes of beans shipped worldwide were labeled “Lima, Peru” and became known as lima beans. Tomatoes and peanuts are also originally from Peru. The rice-like staple, quinoa, which […]