Monthly Archives: January 2014

Vietnamese Food: Can I Fit It All Into One Post?

Friends of mine who managed to make it all the way down south tell me that it’s a veggie paradise down there.  They say it’s like Thailand and Taiwan, where every town has at least one clearly-labeled veg restaurant where … Continue reading

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Vietnamawesome

To pick up where I left off: Vietnam is long and full of awesome things to take pictures of!  Particularly if one eschews the infamous Highway One in favor of the Ho Chi Minh trail.  The two run parallel to … Continue reading

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A Tiny Act of Charity

I gave money to a man* begging in the market this morning.  I passed him on my way in and saw him seated on a small plank on the ground next to a vegetable stall, legs crossed, one hand holding … Continue reading

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Vietnamazing

The turning stopped and we clearly saw: the flaw’s in that which finds the flaws. – Mewithoutyou, “Bullet to Binary, part 2”   China is the land where everything feels huge, and where a sense of mystery lurks heavy at … Continue reading

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Hanoi: Making the Most of Visa Purgatory

Is it cheating to “write” a blog post without words? I’ve been trying to put this post together for months, but I couldn’t get the banality out.  The situation sucked: we were stuck in teeny room in a noisy, expensive, … Continue reading

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Cambodia: More from the Wild East

So, about that “Death Highway.”  Wouldn’t it have been a waste of my tent, sleeping pad, camping stove, and peanut supply not to give it a shot?  Could it really be worse than half-pushing, half-carrying my fully loaded bike through … Continue reading

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Cambodia: The First Week in the “Wild East”

Finally, uncharted territory!  The last time I entered a country I hadn’t been to (by bicycle) before, it was July and I was headed to Thailand.  I spent a whopping three months there before October brought me to Laos for … Continue reading

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Over the River and Through the Woods (The Christmas Post)

First there were four. Then two. Then four. Then three. Then five. Then seven. Then nine, for a few hours. Then seven. The once more five. Perhaps soon eight and then down to six. (Left to right: Chris’, mine, Mark’s, … Continue reading

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