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Trip: Summer 2008

There are [9] stories from my trip: Summer 2008

Siem Reap, Cambodia,

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | Views [899]

I've stayed in Siem Reap longer than planned because I'm more comfortable than I thought.  But that's only because I'm not really seeing Cambodia.  I'm kind of scared of it.  Luckily, I've made a friend.  Brendan from Ireland has been my travel buddy ... Read more >


THAILAND | Saturday, 26 Jul 2008 | Views [879]

Because my Vietnamese visa doesn't allow me into the country until August 1 and because everyone says a week in Cambodia is more than enough, I have been chillin' in Bangkok for two weeks now.  By chillin' I mean doing almost nothing.   It's been amazing.... Read more >

Oh the people

THAILAND | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [1447] | Comments [1]

There is this street in Bangkok called Khao San Road.  It's very famous.  In fact, when I told people about my coming to Thailand, to Bangkok, most often I was asked if I would be staying around Khao San Road.  In the movie "The Beach", Leonardo ... Read more >

If you want to have a sex change, go to Thailand

THAILAND | Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 | Views [2471] | Comments [1]

I started an entry about a week ago that got lost in cyberspace.  Here I will try to recreate it, but I'm not sure it was have the same effect.  Mostly because the other was tinged with a heavy layer of first stage culture shock (which I was happily ... Read more >

Another arrival

CHINA | Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | Views [927]

Bangkok this time.  My flight was about four hours, so I tried to catch up on the sleep that I'd missed by "sleeping" in the airport the night before.  It worked alright. I arrived and bought a Thai sim card for my cell phone.  However, my ... Read more >

The last few hours

CHINA | Sunday, 13 Jul 2008 | Views [929]

I arrived in Shanghai this morning at 8:15 for my last 24-hours on Chinese soil. It feels appropriate. Like I've come full circle. I'm leaving the same port that I arrived in 17 days short of one year ago. Twenty-five days short of the Olympics.... Read more >

One week in (day 7)

CHINA | Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | Views [818]

Tonight, I had conflicted interests.  I spent the day wandering around a lovely restored part of town called Ping Jiang (Peace River) and the Couple's Garden (a classical Chinese garden).  It started to rain, so I planted myself in a coffee shop for ... Read more >

More musings...

CHINA | Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | Views [870]

In the U.S., I've often thought that employers try to stretch their employees too thin. Instead of being a cashier, one becomes a cashier/floor cleaner/shelf straightener/item getter/item putter away/problem solver/customer greeter. There is always ... Read more >

Nanjing (day 1)

CHINA | Saturday, 5 Jul 2008 | Views [1123] | Comments [1]

With the opportunity to write far sooner than I ever thought, I'm taking advantage. I arrived in the Southern Capital (that literally what the characters Nan Jing translate to) at 4am. I mentioned earlier that I managed to screw up my train ticket ... Read more >