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It is going to reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit today in France. That’s 40 degrees Celcius for all you non-Americans out there. It’s hotter than Hades no matter what scale you use.
Between the oppressive heat and the omnipresent bugs, I am reminded of the month that I spent in a bungalow just outside the Monkey Forest in Ubud and the overarching lesson that I learned there: The jungle ALWAYS wins.Continue Reading
Outside of temples and padogas across Southeast Asia, there are cages full of tiny birds. If you buy a bird and release it, this symbolic gift of freedom is believed, by some, to bring good luck or to ensure a wish will come true.
I asked a guide in Vietnam about this and she said that, for her, the practice is symbolic of animal cruelty rather than luck. But, pointing at a group of fish swimming lazily in a pool outside of a temple, she said: “These are wishes that I can believe in.”Continue Reading
Note: As of mid-October 2019, tourists are not being admitted onto train street. There are ongoing efforts to reopen the famous street in a way that is safe for all involved but as of Nov. 18, 2019, train street remains closed.
In America, we are used to barriers, “no entry” signs, and laws limiting our access to certain areas. Our litigious society – for better or worse – rarely permits entry into a danger zone.
So I often find myself laughing a little in Southeast Asia when I end up in some kind of death-defying half-splits, with one-leg precariously perched atop razor-edge rocks with nothing but a certain-death amount of space between me and the far-off ground beneath – all in the name of a picture.Continue Reading
The food in Hanoi is – without question – some of the very best that I’ve had in all of Southeast Asia. Much of the culinary life in Hanoi takes place right on the sidewalk – from cooking soft-shell crabs to shelling sunflower seeds, to slurping noodles while perched on tiny, plastic chairs – the sidewalk is kitchen, dining room and front porch here.
However, if you know your way around Hanoi, there are also plenty of surprises tucked behind discreet doors, down unexpected alleyways, or up hidden staircases.Continue Reading
My dad and I were so lucky to be in Siem Reap for the Khmer New Year or Chaul Chnam Thmey.
For three days Cambodian families are out in the streets wishing each other good luck for the new year, which usually falls on April 13th or 14th based on a lunar calendar.Continue Reading