Category Archives: Adventure

The colors of Asia

From the second largest building in the world to one of the ancient wonders of the world. From one of the most modern and fastest developing cities in the world to a 46% literacy rate.  I spent eighteen days traveling … Continue reading

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Celebrate we will

“Celebrate we will for life is short but sweet for certain” – Dave Mathews Band It’s 5:00 in the morning and there’s a parade going on outside my window. Seriously. Trumpets. Drums. Sounds of glee, glory and organized exuberance are … Continue reading

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Blind only to fear

  Everyone seems to hold some fear of the unknown, whether this materializes in fearing the unknown future, the unknown feelings in a relationship, the unknown “mystery meat” in Vietnamese street vendors, the unknown outcomes of taking a risk, the … Continue reading

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Me, Myself & Mui Ne

The other Friday I opened my schedule for the upcoming week expecting to see the days Wednesday through Monday filled in with hours when to my astounded surprise I saw not one but TWO days left untouched.  Even more exciting … Continue reading

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“Are you happy now?”

  It’s funny how life works out sometimes.   Five months ago, back home in Chicago, I was walking through the streets of Old Town looking for a summer job.  I walked past one store, Old Town Oil, and was … Continue reading

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Blatant Beauty.

It’s easy to get lost in Saigon. Streets curve.  Alleys intersect.  Am I heading north? Am I late for work? Which class am I teaching tonight? Are we out of bananas?  Motorbikes. Horns.  Street vendors.  Chaos. There’s always too much … Continue reading

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My New Wheels . . . Or should I say Fins?

For those of you who have ever driven in a car with me, you know that I struggle more than the average individual with the rules of the road.  I’ll be the first to admit that I lack a certain … Continue reading

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Learning the art of doing Nothing.

So to start off, I must apologize for the lack of pictures  . . . in the process of becoming less of a tourist and more of a “local” I have stopped carrying my camera around with me everywhere I … Continue reading

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A Twinkle Beneath that Wrinkle.

There’s a quote on my Yogi teabag that is accompanying me in writing this post and it states, “If you don’t love where you come from, you can’t love where you’re going.”  And suddenly my mind triggered to my observations … Continue reading

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The world’s freshest ginger. Seriously.

In a region of the world where the question “How are your bowel movements today?” has replaced “Good Morning Sunshine” as the first question of the day, food is naturally one of the most important aspects of living in South … Continue reading

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