Today’s story about a cobra loose in Manhattan reminds me of my many travels to “jungly places” and my sometimes hilarious fear of snakes, recounted in my story “Dodging Snakes in Costa Rica,” published in the 2010 travel anthology Wandering in Costa Rica.
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Dark eyes peered at me from wild-painted faces, crimson and yellow gold. It was hard going, slogging uphill though the New Guinea rain forest
Branches snapped and cracked above my head as a screaming whoop-whoop sliced the heavy air. A black-red shadow screeched in high register: wu-ow … wu-ow … as it swung toward me and landed with a rustle in a small tree to my right.
In northern Thailand’s Nan Province, we visited with a band Mlabri, or Yellow Leaf People who lived isolated in the forest for centuries until they were driven out by deforestation. Today, they’ve achieved Thai citizenship and an economic niche making and selling had-woven cotton hammocks
Hongcun, a Ming Dynasty village in Southeast China’s Anhui Province, sits at the southwestern tip of Huangshan – Yellow Mountain. Scenes from the hit film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” were set in this mystical village.