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Gallery: Laos

LAOS | Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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don't drink the water

LAOS | Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | Views [502]

unless of course you can't help but gulp at least half a liter in between jumping off a zipline trapeze and/or upending your inner tube. i end up in bed all day racked with fever and terrible paranoia about every tropical disease you could possibly catch ... Read more >

channeling the 19 year old

LAOS | Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Views [432]

a day of funny contrasts here in Vang Vieng - floating in an inner tube down the Nam Song river. The first leg involves Beer Lao and its constant replenishment at various riverbank shack bars that woo backpackers with blasting club music, happy shakes ... Read more >

Halong Bay

VIETNAM | Saturday, 4 Apr 2009 | Views [533]

despite all the positive thoughts and prayers for sun, maybe even a dance or two, the first day in Halong Bay was an exact copy of the weather i had experienced in Hong Kong. and i couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed - of course i had hoped it ... Read more >


VIETNAM | Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | Views [364]

arrived at 4:00 this morning in Hanoi on the overnight train from Hue. it's raining pretty steadily and for the first time, i am shivering from the cold. a far cry from the tropical heat that i packed for. everyone else has decamped for day rooms to ... Read more >

Gallery: Thailand

THAILAND | Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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VIETNAM | Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | Views [379]

cocooned in a hammock, i've got one foot on a gigantic palm frond so as to gently rock myself on the open porch of our Mekong homestay. the sun is setting and the sky looks just like a Maxfield Parrish painting. an amazing day, one that has inverted ... Read more >

traveller's tears

VIETNAM | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [443]

first full day on the Vietnam leg of my tour. for whatever reason, i find myself periodically dissolving into tears during the bus ride to the Mekong homestay. my new German friend, Matthias told me of this common phenomenon - almost everyone who travels ... Read more >

Gallery: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Chambok homestay

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 15 Mar 2009 | Views [1152]

on our bumpy bus ride up into the hills, we stop to take a swim before dinner at a local watering hole. aside from the backdrop noise of swimmers and bystanders, i can easily imagine myself all alone perched on this warm rock in the middle of a stream ... Read more >

Kompong Cham

CAMBODIA | Saturday, 14 Mar 2009 | Views [433]

that last entry was rather terse. but i find that there are experiences that will just not be confined to the mere words i have at hand. i will just have to get to an internet cafe with a proper connection, upload some of my photographs and let them ... Read more >


CAMBODIA | Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | Views [731]

today i woke up at 4:30 am to catch the sun rising in Ankgor Wat. i must be dreaming but here i am carefully picking my way in the dark on the uneven stones. and i cannot resist touching the stone to feel its ancient, slumbering power of a thousand ... Read more >

border crossing

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | Views [436]

i am strangely grateful to have chosen to travel overland from Thailand into Cambodia. stepping into a different world and starting all over in getting my basic bearings. thank goodness i have chosen to travel with a guide because Poipet is nothing ... Read more >

Bangkok_last day

THAILAND | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [365]

feeling a bit melancholy. the days quickly slipped by and this morning i found myself reluctantly restuffing the backpack. i only now just got comfortable in this skin and now i have to move on. farewell to the nameless favored spots to eat, to the ... Read more >

Bangkok_day three

THAILAND | Saturday, 7 Mar 2009 | Views [408]

beating the peak heat in this small internet cafe right around the corner from the guesthouse. next to me is a small boy with beautiful dark eyes enthusiastically playing a video game where Bush is streetfighting Kim Jong Il. i am falling in love every ... Read more >

Bangkok_day one

THAILAND | Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | Views [412]

i only just arrived yesterday evening and will confess to being nervous when even the taxi driver lost his bearings to the guesthouse and then dropped me off onto a dark, shabby street strangely lit by a 7 Eleven.   of course everything looks different in ... Read more >

Hong Kong in 12 hours

HONG KONG | Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | Views [381]

the plane begins landing preparations and the view from the tiny porthole makes me forget being seated at an angle of 105 degrees in an arid cabin for the last 17 hours. i have seen these sharp misty mountains rising above the gray-green waters in many ... Read more >

so not business class

CANADA | Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | Views [318]

never underestimate travel karma. i relinquished a good aisle seat on a packed economy flight so a son could sit next to his mother in exchange for his – sandwiched between a fidgety elderly woman constantly worrying her rosary and an audibly sighing ... Read more >


USA | Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 | Views [328]

only 3 more sleeps and i will be embarking on the trip that has until now, been the wishful carrot at the end of a stick - one reason that kept me slogging away during the last dark months at a miserable advertising job. getting away from it all has ... Read more >

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