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8 Countries, 4 Continents, 2 Months

March ~ May 2017 The IDRC (International Development Research Center – IDRC.ca) out of Ottawa, Canada sent me on a 29,000 mile trip to photograph eight of their projects. There was a different assignment in […]


The End of A Great Trip

. 4,278 miles — 4 Islands — 4+ months and my trip is coming to an end. Here is my route of the last 4+ months across the archipelago. .   ( All Blog Post […]


Across the Island of Java

. It’s been over a month now that I’ve sat down at the computer to add to the blog. It’s been great getting ‘away’ while riding across Sumatra. No one knows exactly where I am. […]


A Trip Across Indonesia

. 4 flights — 3 airplanes — 2 airlines — 33 ½ hours — I’ve finally made it to Medan, on northern Sumatra (Nov. 30, 2015). The view out my window before I totally crash. […]


A Time for Animals

I spent the last week out on the planes of Kenya playing with cows and a few other animals. This project is with KARI (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute) and they are developing a vaccine that […]


First time in Nigeria

It’s been quite a long time, but a few degrees south and I am now in the Southern Hemisphere. I arrived in Nairobi today and what a difference, cool and somewhat dry almost like San […]


Eastern Burkina Faso

I’ve been back here in Mali and Burkina Faso for almost 6 weeks now and it really has been an experience. Good along with bad but when you experience what goes on here in West […]


Just Another Day at School

I’ve been in Burkina Faso for about a week now and 4 days ago I went Southwest of the capital Ouagadougou to the town of Fada. There have been a few hiccups along the way […]


Back in West Africa

     ( All Blog Post Photos:  © Bartay ) I went out for a walk the other night to cool down and ran across these kids playing. Bonsoir! Ça va? After getting one of […]


GPS Tagging My Travels

There was an interesting article in the ‘Cambodian Daily’ the other day. It was talking about how Cambodia is growing, but it still has a long way to go. It was referring to the annual […]


Fish on Farms, Revisited

 ( All Blog Post Photos:  © Bartay )     Well we’re near the end of the dry season here in Cambodia, it has only started to rain again the last couple of weeks. It […]


A Tourist in SEAsia

I decided to take two weeks and be a tourist. So I got a plane ticket, took off with a plan of direction but nothing definite. I’ll just go and see what happens. I started […]


The Temples at Angkor Wat

Trying to imagine what some of these places looked like over 1,000 years ago can be a bit difficult at times. With Mother Nature doing her thing, theft, the vandalism, the thousands of people walking […]


Toul Sleng (S-21), Kampouchea

Trying to learn and understand some of the many wars that have gone on in Cambodia just over the last 60 years, I’m finding it’s extremely complicated. My first disclaimer is I am no historian […]


Farewell to King Norodom Sihanouk

There has been a very large buildup to the last 5 days here in Cambodia, ever since I arrived last November 1st. The King Father Norodom Sihanouk died last October in Beijing and his body […]


Battambang Province

OK, I haven’t posted in awhile. I’ve been busy riding around the country, went to Kampot, Kep, rode up to the top of Bokor Mountain overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. In my neighborhood they’re getting […]


Fish on Farms — Prey Veng Province

( All Blog Post Photos:  © Bartay ) . . . I spent a couple of days out in Prey Veng Province northeast of Phnom Penh, visiting rural villages looking at a project that’s pretty […]


Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Well it’s been awhile, my bad, I’m not the most diligent blogger around! Sorry for the absence. I decided I wanted off the grid more than I had been so the posts won’t be a […]


Africa, 2010

Here is the route I’ve just taken through West Africa. Originally I was to fly from Niamey to Zinder on the first leg but was bumped from the flight. The week before I arrived, AlQaeda […]


Diema, Mali

The one thing about driving through Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali, besides the bumpy roads is, speed bumps. Large enough to make you drop your speed to about 5 mph. They are everywhere and each […]


Dioila, Mali

Welcome to Mali. I don’t think the African soil gets redder than this. It’s green, lush, and the rivers are full. I guess you could call this spring? The rains are ending, not stopped! just […]


Orodara, Burkina Faso

Well it’s now Sunday and I’ve made it to Bamako in Mali. Plans got change a bit and I was driven to Bamako today. I wrote the following post yesterday then tried to get on […]


Fada, Burkina Faso

Well, I’m now in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. I am only going to be here overnight and then I’m leaving in the morning to drive to the Southwestern corner of Burkina Faso and […]


Diffa, Niger

It’s been a couple of days and I’m back in the capital of Niamey. Actually have today (Sunday) as a day off, to get laundry done, post a blog, go out on foot to discover […]


Zinder, Niger

Well it’s been a couple of days, but I finally have access to the Internet. It was a long drive to Zinder earlier this week. We drove for 9 hours on Monday and stayed in […]


Return to the Continent

Well I have no photo’s to show you but thought I’d just give you a little blog on my return to Africa. It’s been 37 years since I was last on the continent and I […]


Upcoming Trip

Coming in the latter part of September and October, I will be traveling through Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali documenting in photographs, the projects Helen Keller International (HKI) is providing in those countries. Their programs […]


Kailali & Kathmandu, Nepal

I had the opportunity last month (Nov. of ’09) to travel to Nepal to see what Helen Keller International was doing to help the people there. I thought it might be worthwhile to do a […]