Category Archives: Travel

Baggage

We all have baggage that we’ll carry around forever – whether we are able to actually ever let go of it is another question.  However, if I’m going to accept and acknowledge my baggage I at least want something good … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning: Open your Doors.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” – Joseph Campell It’s April, which means Spring is here (well in the states at least).  I’ve found myself going through a pseudo “spring … Continue reading

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Shout outs to mom and dad

Dearest mother and father, No fear, you are far from forgotten all these miles away in Saigon.  Instead, I’m lying in a pile of letters addressed specifically to YOU from my quirky students.  Below is a selection of letters, retyped … Continue reading

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Cooking through the Tourist Trap.

While I was travelling in Thailand, a place that I’ve idealized in my head for years as this magical land of silk and culture, I was disappointed when instead of walking into a cultural and authentic hub in Chiang Mai … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! (take 2).

It’s hard to believe where a whole year can take you. A year ago, I never thought I would end up petting a tiger in Thailand . . . but life has all sorts of ways of surprising us. A … Continue reading

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Asian Stranger

I guess it would be fair to say that I’ve become somewhat desensitized to the quirks of Asian life after spending five months in Saigon. Seven rats scattering away from my door? Well that’s fewer than the night before. Man … Continue reading

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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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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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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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