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Cambodia's Dark Past

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | Views [848]

A school is a place where people can better their lives through education. School can lead to a good job with a good house and a well looked after family. So how does a place of learning turn into one of horror and torture? S-21 in Phnom Penh ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia, depressing, genocide, phnom penh, pol pot, sad, southeast asia, the killing fields, torture, violence

Captivatingly Spectacular Siem Reap

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Views [696]

Siem Reap has captivated me. I had a feeling it would, after all “OMG, I LOVED it there!” was a common response when I told other travelers where I was going. I can’t even tell you how long this quiet city has been on my MUST SEE list. I’m a sucker for ... Read more >

Tags: angkor wat, buddhism, cambodia, love, monks, siem reap

Leave the Attitude Pack the Humility

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Views [439]

The word thank-you is a powerful one. It is a word that stretches across land borders and language barriers and yes while it sounds different in different countries it means the same thing. Showing gratitude for something is not culturally exclusive.... Read more >

Tags: golden rule, humility, travel

They've Got That Something

LAOS | Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Views [443]

There is something about the Laos people that make them incredibly cool. I don’t mean cool in the same way we do in the west or in a Fonzie sort of way, but I mean cool in a “Yeah that dog just peed on my leg so what, dogs need to pee!” kind of way.... Read more >

Tags: cool, laos, laotians, people, wonderful

Love and Hate in Siem Reap

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 19 May 2011 | Views [886]

Feelings of Love and Hate in Siem Reap I find myself thinking daily of the things I both love and hate in Siem Reap as I walk down its streets. So I thought I'd share some of these feelings! I love the way the tuk tuk drivers in Siem Reap say you’re ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia, siem reap

Magic Mushrooms Anyone?

INDONESIA | Friday, 13 May 2011 | Views [1855]

“You want magic mushrooms?” “If they’re free sure!” “Oh yes! I’m on them right now! Flying!” the guy says as he turns up the techno music while he drives down an impossibly narrow lane made of mud and rocks.   That ... Read more >

Tags: beach, boat, drugs, frustration, gili islands, hustlers, indonesia, lombok, ocean, scam

Cambodia, An Introduction to Chaos

LAOS | Saturday, 7 May 2011 | Views [380]

Anyone who travels owes it to themselves to pick up a book and/or google the place they are about to insert themselves into. By researching you can better equip yourself for madness if it should arise. Ally and I had been fairly lucky throughout Laos, ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia, headaches, siem reap, travel

Chau Laos!

LAOS | Thursday, 5 May 2011 | Views [422]

As I sat thinking about how badly I wanted to jump into the Mekong, to allow my feet to dangle where unknown things lurked, a chicken below my bungalow clucked “bokbokbokBOK!” as if taunting me. Under my breath so no one could hear me chastising ... Read more >

Tags: laos

Nothingness in Don Det

LAOS | Sunday, 24 Apr 2011 | Views [921]

Nothingness on Don Det If there is anything I have learned on this journey it is this, roosters are huge assholes, and I have way more than I need to be happy and despite what I have told myself for years, I just may be one of the “lucky ones”. Our ... Read more >

Tags: 4000 islands, beautiful, boring, don det, fun, laos, mekong river, relaxing

The Cave

LAOS | Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | Views [533]

Ba Nah Hin, a good place to stay when wanting to head out to THE CAVE is… well you know those pictures you see of very northern communities where it looks like helicopters came and just sort of dropped a settlement in a permafrost laden dirt patch.... Read more >

Tags: ba nah hin, cave, dark, exploring, laos, river, scary

Luang Prabang a Love Story

LAOS | Saturday, 16 Apr 2011 | Views [906]

Have you ever arrived somewhere and immediately gone "YES YES! I LOVE THIS PLACE!" and actually meant it? I hadn’t. Sure I have left a place thinking "Nooooo I don’t want to go :(" But never has a place captivated me the way that ... Read more >

Tags: beautiful, laos, luang prabang, new years

This Means War

LAOS | Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | Views [478]

One must be on their guard at all times while walking or driving around Luang Prabang during the month of April. There’s a war going on between the residents of this sleepy city and it’s easy for a traveler to get caught up in the epic fight.... Read more >

Tags: battle, celebration, fun, laos, luang prabang, new years, water fights

Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

SINGAPORE | Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | Views [448]

Singapore is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time. Not because of a specific culture or specific attractions but because it sounded like a place of the future and I wanted to see it for myself!   I certainly was not ... Read more >

Tags: animals, kuala lumpur, malaysia, singapore, transit, travel, zoo


INDONESIA | Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | Views [299]

I’ve now had a few days to reflect on my time in the country of 17,508 islands and the conclusion I’ve come to is I’m glad I went but from now on I will keep my enthusiasm about a place in check until I have at least made my way out of the airport! There ... Read more >

Tags: beautiful, country, indonesia, jakarta, review, yogyakarta

From Bali to Java with Enthusiasm

INDONESIA | Sunday, 27 Mar 2011 | Views [473]

ou know that place in movies where a car of friends breaks down and half of them are saying things like "Guy's we can't stay here." "It's weird we need to get out ASAP." And a couple others are saying, "Oh come on it's ... Read more >

Tags: bali, indonesia, java, solo, travel

Turtles, Transport and a Palace

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | Views [596]

The first thing I noticed about Gili Trawangan was that no one was harassing us about transport. This could be because the only forms of transport on the island are horses, bikes and good old-fashioned walking. Despite the reggae music and boat ... Read more >

Tags: bali, beach, boat, gili, homestay, indonesia, padangbai, turtles, weird

The Beginning

INDONESIA | Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | Views [423]

Bali in Korean means hurry so it’s kind of funny that Bali, Indonesia is a slow paced kind of place! It has been a nice change and I’m slowly but surely adjusting to this pace. There is still part of me that thinks I’ve only got a few days left ... Read more >

Tags: bali, first leg, indonesia, start

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