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Siem Reap to Bangkok and the Bangkok Ping Pong Show

THAILAND | Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | Views [15151] | Comments [1]

We walk in there half expecting to be ripped off. It's just a matter of how they are going to rip us off. A drinks menu appears in front of us with all the usual suspects, but with no prices. "How much for a Singha?" "Singha? Ohhh... one ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!

More Siem Reap Snippets - Death, damning, departure, and drinking from the tap

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 3 Feb 2008 | Views [1915]

On being gently and repeatedly murdered: Every day I spend in Siem Reap I am killed by cuteness. My hostel has balconies overlooking a busy street. Yesterday I was heading down for breakfast and I stood for a moment to watch the traffic go ... Read more >

Tags: People

Siem Reap Snippets - Who needs conclusions anyway?

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 27 Jan 2008 | Views [2593] | Comments [2]

I haven't written about Siem Reap yet because I've been waiting for some sort of tidy conclusion to present itself, but there are no tidy conclusions to be had in this town. Therefore I am very pleased to present this wonderful and incomplete series ... Read more >

Tags: i suck

Vientiane to Si Pahn Don to Pakse, Laos

LAOS | Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | Views [6990]

I spent this morning sitting in a packed pick-up truck with a dying chicken wrapped around my ankles. A small Lao girl rested her head against my shoulder whilst her mother chain-smoked, shouted things at the other passengers and shoved things down behind ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Luang Prabang to Vientiane: Liquification

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | Views [873]

30 December Since I've only recently penned an open letter to my motivation, I can't very well use this device again by composing an open letter to my internal organs and/or digestional tract and/or whatever foreign organisms may be living in either ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, Laos

LAOS | Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | Views [4185] | Comments [1]

December 25th (Christmas Day!) I'm sitting in a cafe with my laptop. I have a cinnamon bun, a bowl full of fruit, yoghurt and cereal, a coffee with some sort of caramel thing going on. I'm surrounded by people you might alternately call farang, ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Chiang Mai and the Panya Project: An experiment in the present tense.

THAILAND | Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 | Views [4624]

17 December I first read about the Panya Project on Wikipedia. As you do. Some of you might remember I was talking about how pleasing I thought it would be to keep chickens. My chicken research led to my permaculture research which led to Panya.... Read more >

Tags: I suck

An open letter to my motivation.

THAILAND | Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | Views [3172]

Oh, sweet motivation! How could you abandon me so soon? We're barely out the door and already you have me lounging around the floor of my hostel in the middle of the day. You only return when it's time to eat. Or when you want a new book to read. These ... Read more >

Tags: on the road

Ting Rai Bay - In which the smiting comes.

THAILAND | Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | Views [5292]

t It's my fourth night of my three day Ting Rai Bay sojourn, and you'll be pleased to know that I'm no longer Captain Picarding in the bored and listless sense. I'm now Captain Picard in the exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Koh Phu - I sense a smiting on the horizon

THAILAND | Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | Views [3038]

Ting Rai Bay is a stretch of sand on Koh Jum/Koh Phu. The island is Koh Phu if you're at the mountainous end of it, or Koh Jum if you're at the flatter end of it. This creates a little confusion amongst people who haven't been there. The island, as ... Read more >

Tags: philosophy of travel

Listless in Krabi, Southern Thailand

THAILAND | Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | Views [936]

There is an episode of Star Trek (The Next Generation) where Captain Picard is so stressed out and grumpy that he's ordered to take a holiday, and ends up awkwardly, reluctantly, boredly sunning himself on some resort planet. As if it's something he ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

An exercise in excess

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 24 Nov 2007 | Views [940]

I am currently finding the old adage "everything in moderation" to be particularly appropriate. If you get excited by airports (as I do) try not to spend too much time in them lest your excitement become diluted. If you squirm with delight ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Gallery: Blue Mountains

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 24 Nov 2007 | Photo Gallery

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First day out, already I suck

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | Views [757]

Katoomba is a reasonably sizable town two hours' train journey west from Sydney, up the Blue Mountains. It is essentially a satellite suburb for Sydney and famous for its mist-shrouded mornings and proximity to fun combinations of rocks, cliffs and ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

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