Monthly Archives: July 2011

After the Romance Goes

I’m sitting on floor cushions at a table decorated by jasmine flowers, candle light, and a deep red tablecloth with a royal purple table runner. A man plays traditional music on a multi-stringed lap instrument behind me, and a table … Continue reading

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Will You Share This With Me?

Upon leaving a quiet reflection time at the temple where Cambodian Buddhism began, the monk sitting ‘guard’ at the door stopped us and made some general conversation.  He soon asked us what we were carrying in our bag and as … Continue reading

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Do I Write This?

As a self-proclaimed travel writer, I find myself often faced with a rather unanswerable dilemma: what do I spend my time writing about?  Many of my “postcards” reveal the romance of travel . . . and surely this is fun … Continue reading

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American Independence: Archipelago Finale — #7

I’m watching a rain storm flood in while sitting in an internet cafe in Phnom Penh as I finish this blog.  It seems like a world away now, the Philippines, and that is the palimpsest beauty of travel. In the … Continue reading

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Waiting For the Bus: Leaving Saigon

Is this a scene from The Heart of Darkness rewritten as Apocalypse Now rewritten as Matt and Lindsay Leave Saigon? This question can’t help but pop into my mind as we’re handed our seat numbers on a scrap of paper … Continue reading

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From this Street Corner: A Moment in Saigon

For Lindsay and I, like Ed Abbey’s love of landscape textures in his Desert Solitaire, architectural surfaces in cities satisfy our wandering curiosities. Since earlier journeys in Europe to this most recent Mekong Meander, walking the gritty streets is our thing.  Sure, we’ll … Continue reading

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A Miscellany: Archipelago – Part VI

A Self Conscious Explanation We landed in Saigon late last night and my nostalgia for the Philippines just set in as I began reading notes I made during our trek in the non-Asian Asian country.  Though we board a bus … Continue reading

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