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Same Same Clarification

LAOS | Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | Views [1989]

Yesterday we went on a rather Laoesque trek to a Hmong village (Laoesque in that we sloshed around the muddy jungle for 6 hours as it poored down rain).  The Hmong only live above 1,000 meters and still cultivate signicant amounts of opium. Their Tibetan, ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!


Touchdown Lao

LAOS | Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | Views [657]

I generally don't mind flying, but turbulence and wobbles definitely take a toll on my nerves. So yesterday, when boarding a relatively small Lao bound prop-plane all I could think about was sleeping pills...Or my lack there of.  Take off....wobble..... Read more >

Tags: Laughter


Same Same but.....Different: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Sunday, 29 Jul 2007 | Views [3149]

Same Same But Different... It's perhaps the official slogan of Vietnam.... And Cambodia for that matter.  Simply the phrase refers to the sameness of everything. You might have one street where every vender sells backpacks.  A whole street of backpacks ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Ohayo gozaimasu Vietnam

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007 | Views [1156] | Comments [3]

We are now in Saigon! Home to 6,000,000 motorbikes and about the same amount of people.   We came here via bus from Phnom Penh, nothing particularly scenic or memorable about the trip, but easy  nonetheless. After leaving Sihanoukville we decided to ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Viva Cambodia: On a country road

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 8 Jul 2007 | Views [489] | Comments [2]

We left Ko Chang about a week ago, and after a fortelling bumpy boat trip across the Gulf of Thailand we ended up on Laem Knop where we met up with our current Danish travel companions Andreas and Lessa. From Laem Knop we headed north to the Cambodian ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


The zen of the motorbike

THAILAND | Wednesday, 27 Jun 2007 | Views [475]

After a day of downpour, we were surprised to wake up to only partly cloudy skies.  Laying around and reading had lost its lure, so we made good of the weather and walked down the main street to bargain for independent travel. We found for 150 baht ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Ko Changing

THAILAND | Monday, 25 Jun 2007 | Views [446]

After three days in bustling Bangkok, Mizuki and I travelled by land and sea to Ko Chang- a developing island situated near the Cambodian border. Last night we stayed at Lonely Beach, although not quite as secluded as the name would indicate; we found a nice, ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Rush hour: Travel tales of Tokyo to Bangkok via Air India

THAILAND | Friday, 22 Jun 2007 | Views [590] | Comments [1]

After three days in busy Tokyo, the usual spots had been covered (Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Yoyogi Park); not to mention two trips to the Thai embassy. Ironically though, I found myself on the fourth day, unemployed(putaro)on a rush hour morning train ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Gallery: Yokohama

JAPAN | Sunday, 17 Jun 2007 | Photo Gallery

Osanbashi, Yamashita Park, Chinatown
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A recommended day in Yokohama

JAPAN | Sunday, 17 Jun 2007 | Views [578] | Comments [2]

With the day to spend in Yokohama, we headed down to sleepy Kannai station to meet up with Mayo, a college friend of Mizuki's.  A beautiful day, 85 or so and sunny; Mayo, a Yokohama native, suggested we go down to Osanbashi Pier. On the way from Kannai ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


The Japanese Toilet: Man/Woman's best friend, the first step to a harmonious society

JAPAN | Saturday, 16 Jun 2007 | Views [2119] | Comments [1]

I've made it back to Japan and all I really have to show for it is 12 hours of my life gone and a sore bottom.  With all things considered, I think I'm doing pretty well!  Nonetheless, I think that might be the last time I use American Airlines for an ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


from Mitsuwa to Chicago to Japan

USA | Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 | Views [587]

I made my way back up north yesterday.  I said goodbye to Decatur, my family, and my hounddog Riley.  Riley was definitely sad. I hope my mom remember's to slip the Paxil in the kibble. I told her to bark twice if she was thinking about jumping and she ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase


Gallery: Getting ready

USA | Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | Photo Gallery

boo boo's
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Trip preparation

USA | Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | Views [392]

Today is technically my final day in D-town. The one, the only, Decatur, Illinois(the s is silent of course).  Nothing extraordinary about today's events. It began with a massive bowl of generic honey flakes, 1% milk filling my bowl to the brim. yummmmmmmmm.... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase


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