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I see London…

Wow. There are so many people speaking English. There are so many people that look like me. There is order to the traffic. The shops aren’t filthy and there are no flies. It’s cold. *     *     * My ability to form complex thoughts was temporarily debilitated as I arrived in London Heathrow airport…

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Sri Lanka to Europe, in seach of delicious food

Before I left, I made a point to offhandedly remind my friends’ and family members that I would be eating delicious “authentic” Asian food for months. La dee da. But at that point, I knew nothing of what real Asian food is, nor did I take into account the fact that plain white rice must have somehow paid a…

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Chiang Mai

Alex and I left Luang Prabang together and headed to Chiang Mai, Thailand, via a series of buses that took 24 hours. Waiting for our bus with Leif in Luang Prabang, we got a (nervous) laugh out of the discovery that our bus had absolutely no tread on it’s ancient tires. Safety is hardly a…

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Lovely Luang Prabang

I thought I was in love with Saigon, but it seems I didn’t know what I was looking for.  I found a place that truly has all I’ve ever wanted.  It’s official: Luang Prabang has taken my heart. Beautiful sunsets, cheap–amazing–food, and lovely markets and buildings: it’s the best. I left Kate in Vang Vieng,…

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Vang Vieng, but without the tubes

Laos is incredible.  It’s my favorite place yet, only surpassing Hsipaw, Myanmar by a fraction. But I’m typing this and realizing I am hyper-focused on something else, which is preventing me from writing about Laos.  So let me get this out of the way, first. OK, so the US is known around the world for…

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Laotian Paradise

They say that in Laos, you can expect your pulse rate to drop significantly, and remain at steady, slow, resting pace for the duration of your stay in the country. I don’t know how the next couple of weeks will go, but it feels already that my pace has changed from constant fight or flight…

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No Tuk-Tuk, lady!

Well, after the sadness in Phnom Phen, my experience in Cambodia turned to madness.  As in the anger type of madness, not the insanity kind of madness.  Well, maybe a bit of both, I guess. But first, I’ll say I was thrilled to meet back up with Kate…remember, Kate from Borneo?  The one who got…

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