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The end: no more dictators, no more horses, no more sinking boats

Koh Rong Samloem to Phnom Penh to New Zealand Just hit the sunny (well, grey, cloudy, rainy) shores of New Zealand. 5 airports in less than 24 hours. We’d been on a deserted island (not NZ) for the last four days and as I predicted it was dead boring. To pass the time I was […]

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Mission accomplished

Phnom Penh to Prek Sbav and back The Polpot portion of our trip had been creating a pit of dread in my stomach for days. I’d imagined Phnom Penh to be this big, terrifying city with evil cab drivers, pickpockets, and pollution. Repeatedly in my head I’d seen traffic so bad that our motorbike ride […]

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Siem Reap, Cambodia   Rick takes a picture of every rock in Angkor Wat.   Best tuktuk driver ever!   Bit scared, may be getting massaged out. Can such a thing be possible?? Masseurs have this horrid habit of pulling on your toes until they crack, and then, in a very quizzical voice, “I’m confused, […]

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Paradise take 2

Luang Prabang, Laos Turns out Rick wasn’t tricking me this time and Luang Prabang was a little oasis that I recommend for anyone wanting a low cost, luxurious vacation. A few too many tourists, but the plus side is most locals speak some English (and many, great English) and the food is edible. Didn’t really […]

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Rookie mistake

Muang Khua to Luang Prabang, Laos Unfortunately the day was not to end after the sonthaew-bus-boat-sonthaew-sonthaew experience. We found a hotel, choosing the $24 version rather than the $10 one across the street. Dinner: one of those ‘fish please’, ‘no fish’, ‘salad please’, ‘no salad’, ‘noodles please’, ‘no noodles’ types. Then made our first (okay, […]

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Liking Laos just a little less

Liking Laos just a little less Phongsaly to random Bus Station to Hat Sa (start of Nam Ou river) to dam to Samphan to Muang Khua It is hard to describe how miserable, wretched, and bleak today was. My mind boggles that we made it through so many confusing, word-defying hurdles. Firstly, relative to China, […]

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Kentucky Fried Bug

Kentucky Fried Bug

Oudomxay, Laos┬áto Phongsali, Laos Rick has this romantic idea that we are going to find a hidden village, not accessible by road, where we can relax for a few days. I have my doubts. If a village isn’t accessible by road I’m not so sure there will be electricity, wifi, running water, toilets, food, or […]

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Welcome to Laos

Changsha to Kunming to Oudomxay, Laos The hotel in Changsha had a TV which we turned on for the first time since leaving the US. I see serious stuff has been happening in the world, with a panel on CNN discussing Hillary’s pneumonia. I think it would be more interesting if she had a gangrenous […]

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Two down!!

Xi’an to Changsha to Shaoshan to Changsha Dinners in Xi’an were great (besides the fact that the waitress stands next to you the entire time you are deciding what to order, which in our case was usually about 20 minutes). The menu included crab shaped like box, double duck pear, bubble oil cake, wood frog, […]

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Enormous Man Feet!

Pingyao to Xi’an Left Pingyao today. Taxi back to the bus station was 1/3 the cost coming in, go figure. We picked a nice hotel to stay in, still only $50, that on the outside was night and day to the last ger in Mongolia. In Xi’an we saw the Terracotta Army. These are life-sized […]

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