Monthly Archives: July 2011

“This is the Toilet”: Part 2 of the Archipelago

I pride myself on my adventurous spirit, my willingness to try new things, my arrogant belief that I possess the ability to detach from creature comforts.  Heck, I once went on a three week backpack and only bathed in the … Continue reading

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A Philippines Archipelago: Our Guide

A Note to Readers: Not writing in nearly a week has caused some distress.  We have been on the move and in relatively remote areas, providing relaxation, a lovely change of pace, and a different mode of travel.  The distress … Continue reading

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Traveling Contrasts

So I can write about runaway bus rides and free wheelin’ moto drives and the beauty of a quiet morning and plates overflowing with food and taste. But is this the true depth of travel, or just the romanticized adventure? … Continue reading

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Remembering Dramamine (A Hyperbole)

And I remembered my “motion sickness wrist bands” secured two inches from the palm of my hands.  I packed salty snacks and a bit of water, but just enough to keep my palette wet and not enough to make me … Continue reading

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Morning Glory

It’s not hot yet, but it’s getting there. 5 am brings a calmness to the otherwise bustling world.  People are awake, the sun begins to rise, but life is not yet in full swing.  It’s meditative, it’s peaceful, it’s a … Continue reading

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Enchantment

Often times I find it difficult to describe those places and events and experiences that have the most profound affect on me and my travels. Last week’s visit to Halong Bay was a place of natural beauty that caused a … Continue reading

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How I Learned to Ride a Moto

The key word here, “ride.”  I certainly did not learn to drive a moto, but with all the buzzing hornets and my waxing poetics about their constant zipping and cruising around the streets here, Lindsay and I finally said, “why … Continue reading

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3-2-1: Dumpling Nirvana

On our last night in Hanoi, we headed for a one-stop pork dumpling shop. During some of our food adventures, Lindsay and I are following in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, and this particular family-run spot gained some claim to … Continue reading

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The City Defined by Motos

If you don’t mind, take a moment and think back to the largest city in the United States that you’ve been in recently (maybe you live there already).  Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Denver, you name it.  Now … Continue reading

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Where I Am?

I’ve received some inquiries from some blog readers about where I am at any given time.  I suppose I didn’t take that moment to plot out our current route.  Here it is in brief: June 15th: LAX – Bangkok, Thailand … Continue reading

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