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Seeking Silence

Seeking Silence

Crickets. It’s been quiet here lately. Silent, actually. There’s going to be no apologies. No excuses for abandoning you readers here without words for so long. I have missed you, but I’m actually not sorry. You see, I left you on purpose. No, I didn’t quit my blog. I didn’t run out of words after… more…

#12: Alpine Driving School

#12: Alpine Driving School

Twenty. That’s how old I was in the winter of 1994 when I returned to Europe on my very first international mileage reward trip. While I was smart enough to figure out how to wrangle an award ticket across the Atlantic as a university student in 1994, I hadn’t exactly honed my life skills in… more…

#10 farking in vietnam

#10 farking in vietnam

I took a run early this morning through the windy streets of Hanoi’s old quarter and made my way north to the city’s wide boulevards lined with government buildings. As I neared the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum two men in olive green uniforms promptly spotted me and started moving my direction. While my Vietnamese isn’t… more…

#6 good morning vietnam ::

#6 good morning vietnam ::

Friends don’t let friends take drugs in a mini-van. While real drugs have never been one of my travel vices, many of my travel mis-adventures have been fueled by a little blue pill:  the should-be-harmless Tylenol PM. In 1998, I had just finished two years in Bangkok and decided to take a trip around Vietnam… more…

“hammock enlightenment” ::

today I spent an amazing 22 minutes listening to Canadian Eoin Finn of Blissology give a TEDx talk on “Hammock Enlightenment”. If you know anything about me, you know I loved this because I love hammocks. If you don’t really know me yet, you should know that I love hammocks so much that I started a… more…

centennial resolutions ::

in April last year I achieved a goal I’d been working towards for a long time.  I went to my 100th country.   I celebrated with a dance in my head as the immigration official in Colombo, Sri Lanka stamped my passport, and then went on my merry way to enjoy a trip in my centennial… more…