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Adventures into Unknown Territory: Begin Again in Bagan

The second day in Bagan we decided to hire a tour guide, someone knowledgeable about the history of the area, the temples, the changing face of modernizing Myanmar. The only guide we could find was an elderly man, a former … Continue reading

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Adventures into Unknown Territory: Bagan, Myanmar

After a few days of exploring Mandalay, our journey extended into the central part of the mysterious country. We hopped a local bus for an eight hour journey to Bagan, one of the most historically important cities in Burmese culture. … Continue reading

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Adventures into Unknown Territory: Myanmar

Part 1: Mandalay The first thing you notice about Mandalay is the dust wafting throughout the city’s narrow streets and alleys. Minimal pavement and a fluster of activity at markets, tea houses and restaurants creates a stirring and liveliness that … Continue reading

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Heaven of the North: Chiang Mai’s Temples and Cafes

For so many foreigners in Thailand, the northern burg of Chiang Mai is gilded as a sort of heaven on earth. It’s a favorite stop for grungey backpackers swapping stories and travel advice over cups of steaming coffee in bustling … Continue reading

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Big Bad Bangkok

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On a recent trip to Bangkok, I learned something. Like many people, I have a love/hate relationship with cities. I love their diversity and the opportunity. I loathe the cacophony and the musty air of exhaust mixed with concrete. Luckily, … Continue reading

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Bali Holiday Chapter 4: Writers, monkeys and a trek into the wild

The next few days were spent basking in intellectual fervor at the annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, a week-long event of writers, readers, and everyone involved in the sphere of writing-reading, sitting in a cafes, restaurants and balconies surrounded … Continue reading

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Bali Holiday Chapter 1: Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Our two-week school break began with a fascinating, disturbing, gory, and sometimes overwhelming entree into the world of Chinese Buddhist Vegetarian Festival. Think fewer vegetables, more self-impalement. The nine-day festival is held every year in the 9th lunar month of … Continue reading

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