Sometimes I use this space to publish unedited rambles about all of the food I’ve eaten in a specific country. Unfortunately, I’ve lost this habit. Sometimes, the food in a particular locale doesn’t inspire (see: Mongolia, Russia). Other times, I get lazy (see: China). [...]
1. Crossing the Chinese-Mongolia border is A Process and we do it at night. The customs and immigration part is easy enough, but the train tracks change significantly, and each individual car must be lifted off the racks for a bogie change. We are given the option of staying in [...]
Beijing wasn’t at all what I expected. Aside from the rip-off cabby, the masses of tourists, and, most notably, the public restrooms with many squat potties, but no doors of any kind, Beijing was kind of surprising. Nicely surprising, even.
The first thing I want [...]
No one has the excuse for boredom in Yangon so long as they are able to stroll down the city’s colonial grid-system streets. Delightfully designed by happenstance and history, Yangon feels like a bustling city in the midst of ruins, as many of the buildings built by the British have been left to [...]
I’ve written before about how much I love eating out in Thailand. And it’s not just for the food that’s hard for me to reproduce at home. I love the pace. I love sitting around for hours. I love waiters ignoring me until I flag them over. I love how the more inexpensive a restaurant [...]
In the time leading up to traveling to a new place, my mind, without any intentional action, conjures a plethora of ideas of what’s in store. It’s as if all the stories I’ve heard, movies I’ve seen, and books I’ve read create this trove of content that spontaneously materializes into a diorama [...]
On our last day off, Andy and I set our alarms for the egregious and inhumane time of 8:45 am and scooted out of Chiang Mai city until we hit the San Kamphaeng hot springs about an hour later. We passed all sorts of agricultural fields of dreams, mostly rice paddies, but some miscellaneous [...]
Fruit from the stand next door. Six fruits makes about a wine glass of juice.
I thought I would cook everyday in Thailand. When I pictured life here before leaving home, I factored in my perceptions of how a wealth of time and access to inexpensive [...]
If you promise to be very open-minded and not to judge my travel-style or bravery, I will tell you a secret: I’ve not been very good at socializing or conversing with Thais. Let’s partly blame the language barrier for this. While I can say “Hey! What’s up?” to the folks in the elevator or at [...]
I lead the strange life of a somewhat shy, yet talkative extrovert. I’m a loyal friend (I hope!), but I’m certainly not one of those people who constantly is hanging out with someone new, forging new roads in my social territory. While I’m very capable of being the take-charge organizer in a group, it’s not [...]
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