Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Work

This week Ailsa’s Travel Theme is “Work.”  Kongo chose this happy guy directing traffic around street repairs near Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico for his entry to the work theme.  See more “work” images at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack blog. Continue reading Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Work

The Monkey Goes Viral

So the monkey makes it back from the East Coast and checks his email and blog stats this morning and finds out that hundreds of new hits and emails are coming in.  What’s happening?  It turns out that Reddit user Nasdaf made a combined image of a before and after shot of Independence Square in Kiev using a photo Kongo took of the square during his visit to Ukraine in November 2012 and one from Reuters photographer Olga Yakimovich.  Nasdaf’s dramatic image above shows the square in more peaceful times against the chaos of this week.  Kongo’s part of the … Continue reading The Monkey Goes Viral

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder


This bleak, frigid landscape outside Kongo’s office window in Moorestown, New Jersey underscores his simian feelings caused by a Valentine Day spent away from his heart throb.  It’s not the first time this has happened. Hopefully it will be the last.  You see, despite the monkey’s best intentions the Pax Storm ( who names these storms anyway.  This Nor’easter was anything but peaceful) AKA the Valentine Storm trapped Kongo on the East Coast.  Instead of an early flight out yesterday morning to rendezvous with Mrs. Kongo and a special dinner reservation, sheets of ice trumped valor and Kongo was stuck.   Continue reading “Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder”

Surviving a Slam Bam


37,000 feet above Oklahoma City Kongo checks his blog and reflects upon yet another just completed “slam bam” weekend.  A slam bam weekend is when you fly in from the opposite coast on Friday afternoon and are back in the air Monday morning heading east again.  Kongo has pretty much perfected the art of the slam bam.  So much so that he often feels like a tourist in his home town. Continue reading “Surviving a Slam Bam”