Category Archives: Characters and Friends

Fellow Fauxbos Update (The Steve Edition)

Good fortune has brought two new Fauxbos into my life!  Both of the Steve variety.  I’m please to introduce you to:   1) Dr. Stephen Fabes Shared Exploits: 160km off-road bikepacking, 30km trekking, and not inconsiderable amounts of beer and … Continue reading

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These Are (not?) Indians: Western Arunachal Pradesh

See a string of prayer flags, billowing and wind-tattered, hanging over the street and you know: you’re back in Tibet.   Or at least, as close as you (I guess that means “I”) can get.  The “real” Tibet, sitting up there … Continue reading

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These Are (not?) Indians: Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya

I grew up believing that America was the most diverse place in the world.  My high school had whites, blacks, Latinos, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Indians, Iranians, Turks, and almost certainly more that I didn’t know about, and I was just … Continue reading

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Fellow Fauxbos

Cycling the world might seem like a lonely task, but in fact there are thousands of people with feet just as itchy as mine pedaling around the globe at any given moment.  Sign up for www.couchsurfing.com or www.warmshowers.org and one … Continue reading

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Mee Fa Ben Baan , Mee Yung Ben Puan

A Thai proverb relating to the fauxbo mindset: “Have sky for house, have mosquito for friend.” That pretty nicely sums up life as a cyclist in Southeast Asia. By the time this post goes up, my squad and I will … Continue reading

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The Venerable Louis

It’s only natural that during my time as an English teacher here in Asia, I have made an interesting assortment of friends.  Many of them have done the same thing as me: teach for a few years before moving on … Continue reading

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Ten Days with Sustainable Cambodia

Just a note: on the original post, I wrote that SC students paid tuition on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay.  I was wrong – that was the case at another school in the area, but I’ve been … Continue reading

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Cambodia: The Monk Post

A look back at my records indicates that I only slept at temples three times this month.  That’s more than in northern and central Vietnam, where I don’t think I saw a single Buddhist temple, but far less than in … Continue reading

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You’ve Been Virtually Invited to: A Khmer Wedding!

My friends and family in Wisconsin are fond of saying that there are two seasons there: winter and construction. It’s hard to imagine a climate more different from Wisconsin’s than Cambodia’s, but there’s still a similar state of affairs going … 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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