Tag Archive | "Asian"

Southeast Asia: It’s a Wrap

Monday, April 27, 2015


This may be as close as I ever get to Hong Kong but by golly it felt cool to be sitting in the departure lounge Thursday afternoon knowing I was in HONG freaking KONG. Until recently, the script of my life didn't contain any scenes set in the Far East, let alone shots of me screaming through Hanoi and Saigon on the back of a motorbike, or wiping dew from a deck chair at 5:30 AM as the sun snuck up on Halong Bay.

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Magical Hoi An Has It All

Monday, April 20, 2015


The small city of Hoi An (population 120,000), on the central coast of Vietnam, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site stuffed with architecturally significant buildings, the vast majority dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. Clay-tiled roofs, temples and snug alleyways dominate the old town, which has more recently been taken over by shops and restaurants, virtually all of them strung with silk lanterns.

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I Love Hanoi In the Springtime

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Choosing a photo to sum up my few days in Hanoi was impossible. It needed to be green to reflect the fresh, leafy ambiance of the place, but it also needed water, a nod to the beautiful lakes that distinguish and elevate Vietnam’s capital city. Just as important, the photo needed colonial French or Chinese […]

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Coming Around To Cambodia

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Initially, I felt like everything about Siem Reap was designed to pick my pocket; by the end of my visit I was loosening the purse strings and brushing off my generosity. It took me awhile but I came around to Cambodia. It may be damn hot but it’s beautiful and iconic and shy and lovely and strong. I'm glad I came.

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Note To Self: Be Here Now

Friday, April 10, 2015


Today, while touring the magnificent temples of Angkor in Cambodia, I was struck by the degree to which us tourists seem hellbent on getting a great photo rather than actually enjoying the experience of being in a place. I was nearly finished my tour of the astonishing Ta Prohm – the Tomb Raider temple – when my guide and I found ourselves in a quiet courtyard, no other tourists around. I asked if we could just sit and take it in, which we did. The stillness and mystery of the place washed over me and I really breathed for the first time since arriving at Angkor.

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