Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Postcard from Halong Bay

Sipping from my 75 cent beer, I watch what I now believe to be one of the prettiest places in the world slowly float by me. As a child, I spent summers in Yosemite National Park; during college I explored … Continue reading

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In Laos We Wait

Laos, I will miss you. I will miss the haunting sound of drums and gongs at 4 am from the temples: a mystical, dreamy way to wake-up. I will miss the way the people of your town give morning alms … Continue reading

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Always bring an extra pair of socks

I have never seen rain come down like this in my life.  The drops are as hard and heavy as hail, falling to the earth in the proverbial “sheets” or “buckets” or “cats and dogs” . . . whatever you want to … Continue reading

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How did I forget my dramamine?

Dear Daniel, my brother, my apologies for the way this blog exposes certain graphic  elements of our childhood.  It’s necessary, and you’ll appreciate it. We’re moving down another hill in the “King of Buses,” (no really, that’s the neon painted name on … Continue reading

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Have I mentioned the food?

I am not a chef. 3 of the 5 times I’ve attempted to cook for Lindsay, I’ve cut myself.  And not just minor cuts, but cuts deep enough that I easily contemplated heading to the ER for stitches (I never … Continue reading

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A Birthday Present

Imagine the rolling hills and sharp mesas of southern Utah draped in a rainforest.  Imagine grass roof houses resting on stilts above rice paddies and corn fields. Imagine coconut trees and grey skies patched by sunlight and blue.  Imagine a … Continue reading

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Stuff

As I dropped into our seat on the long-tailed motorboat I looked around to see the orchestration of tourists.  We were in the first of many mini-buses filled with site-seers arriving to explore the “traditional,” “authentic” floating market.  Yes, I … Continue reading

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