The incoherent ramblings of semi-reluctant world traveler, Peter Crosby

Phi Phi Islands
Phuket is very popular with tourists from all over the world, (including the ones in our house). And it was the primary reason we chose to go to Thailand in the first place. Frankly, we didn’t take much convincing: “Wait, you’re saying it’s sunny, humid, and a country in Asia? Woo-hoo, let’s get malaria booster shots!”
Photo of Downtown Bangkok, Thailand
We watch a lot of Hollywood movies, so we kinda expected Bangkok to be a horribly seedy place with a dark underworld of illegal activity where sexual deviants and unnatural sexual acts were performed on every street corner. Instead, it was merely an amazing city with great food and nice people. Obviously, we were pretty disappointed...
Santa Cruz, CA
If someone kidnapped you, drugged you and dropped you in Santa Cruz, California — naked and penniless — it’d be months before you’d look out of place (if ever). Not that Santa Cruz has a drug, homeless or naked person problem. It’s just that Santa Cruzians seem to hate shaving, haircuts and pants.
Clearwater Beach, Florida
A quick twenty minutes west of Downtown Tampa, Florida lies a full two-and-a-half miles of cocaine-white sand named Clearwater Beach. It’s an easily accessible, subtropical paradise that makes everyone who visits soon forget their troubles, worries and, judging from the tourists we saw — their fashion sense.
Edinburgh Castle @sunset
According to folklore (and plate tectonics), Scotland was once supposedly warm. If you believe the locals, Scotland — and the whole of Europe, for that matter — was once situated close to the equator. The locals paint Olde Scotland as a tropical paradise, but after spending a few days there I suspect it was the whisky talking.
Yellow Warbler and Giant Tortoise
Before arriving in the Galápagos Islands, we thought we knew what to expect: A tropical, humid climate with freakish, other-worldly plant- and animal-life. And maybe a Charles Darwin theme park or something. But even better than all that, we found something far more elusive on this over-populated planet: solitude.
Old Town, Quito, Ecuador
Though Quito was merely the second capital of the Inca Empire, it was and still is first in “cities surrounded on all sides by active volcanos.” Its precarious position made for spectacular city views (and a highly profitable insurance industry, no doubt). Still, we weren’t there for the dangerous views, culture or cuisine. Sadly, we were there just to kill time until the Galapagos.