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About Me[edit]

I'm an American fortunate to have an international career that has allowed frequent travel and residence abroad. I love to travel, especially longer trips where I can "settle in" to a place and enjoy it like a local. I've been to a lot of countries, starting with Ecuador as a high school exchange student. That country perhaps inspired a love of mountains. Here's a list of the countries I've been to, or major regions within countries:

  • Ecuador You can't beat the snow capped peaks and high mountains of the Andes. A wonderful, complicated country to live in or travel to.
  • Colombia My travels here are quite limited -- only to Las Lajas, right across the border from Ecuador
  • Bolivia Once I read that one can go skiing here, I had to go]]
  • [[Costa Ric]a Nice place. I spent a summer here while in college
  • The Netherlands I'd like to go back here, was only in Amsterdam for a few days
  • France Only went to Paris for a few days
  • Spain My travels in Europe are indeed rather limited - it was about a week spread over Holland, France and Spain
  • Canada Just a few quick trips. I've never been up north.
  • The Philippines This country is such a unique mix of Asia and Latin America and the USA. Very friendly people. Great memories.
  • China Big, vast country with a very difficult language
  • Tibet The high peaks, haunting vistas, and colorful temples reminded me of Ecuador
  • Taiwan This is without a doubt the best of China. So easy to travel around, people are friendly and straightforward.
  • Vietnam Spent a week in HCMC. Friendly place, still very much a developing country.
  • Singapore Nice. "
  • Hong Kong Reminds me of New York only bigger -- virtually everything is a skyscraper. Very easy to travel around, bigger in terms of land area than you expect, and inexpensive if you like Cantonese food.
  • Japan Just two trips here, around Tokyo
  • New Zealand My favorite. Very friendly people and traveler-friendly in general
  • Australia Again, two trips here, mostly around Sydney. Liked what a saw. Will be back.
  • United States My homeland. The most unique states which I have visited, without a doubt, are Hawaii and Utah. No mistaking it when you are in those states. I'm from the Northeast, and once took a bus trip across the country. I'm also very familiar with Tiffin Ohio.

I love reading and editing Wikitravel and it usually is the first source I turn to when considering travel to a new place. I think it's especially useful for off-the-beaten-path locations and modes of travel.

Future Trips Here's places I'm planning to go to, or would like to go to:

  • Fuzhou, China
  • Japan (again)
  • New Zealand
  • Tasmania
  • Isle of Man
  • Africa
  • Falkland Islands
  • Pitcairn Islands

Your Comments[edit]

The following are comments added to my page. Please feel free to add your comments, positive or negative, to the bottom of the page. Don't expect me to engage in arguments with you - I will not.


Hello SONORAMA! Welcome to Wikitravel. Please take a sec to look at our copyleft and policies and guidelines, but feel free to plunge forward and edit some pages. Scanning the Manual of style, especially the article templates, can give you a good idea of how we like articles formatted. If you need help, check out Wikitravel:Help, and if you need some info not on there, post a message in the travellers' pub.

Thank you for contributing to Arlington (Virginia). --Tom Holland (xltel) 07:51, 12 March 2006 (EST)


I appreciate your effort on the United States of America article. I wanted to let you know that I rolled back your addition of an external link on United States of America. We have very strict guidelines about extlinks on Wikitravel; see Wikitravel:external links for details.

In addition, you've added a lot of sub-sections to United States of America#Stay safe. That's unusual for Wikitravel... but I agree that it helps the readability. Let's discuss on Wikitravel talk:Section headers. --Evan 11:14, 14 July 2006 (EDT)

P.S. You can sign your messages with four tildes (~~~~) -- it helps out a lot. See Wikitravel:Using talk pages.


Changing "a few" to "two" and then to "four" is really ridiculous. You really don't grasp the concept of keeping things general, do you? I'll give you a hint: it means that if one of these schools closes, or another one opens, we don't have to update Wikitravel with a precise number that no one (except apparently you) cares about. Or is this more of a control issue with you? -Todd VerBeek 12:05, 25 July 2006 (EDT)


Talk:United States of America -- Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) •

Retiring abroad[edit]

There's now an article on that. Like me, you argued for keeping "Retirement in Thailand" which ended up deleted, so I thought the new one might be of interest. Pashley 01:25, 3 June 2011 (EDT)

Glad you like it. Contributions welcome. I'd like to see it become our first star travel topic, and it may be getting close. Pashley 08:30, 11 June 2011 (EDT)
Where are you in China? Do you use the Saloon? I'm there with user ID Pashley. Pashley 08:43, 11 June 2011 (EDT)

Thank you[edit]

Thank you for your recent contributions to our articles! We appreciate your updates. Please keep it up. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 20:55, 14 October 2013 (EDT)