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View from the north Sapa, Vietnam Sapa, Vietnam We are in the far northern region of Vietnam — a trekker’s paradise called Sapa — almost on the Chinese border. We are with our friends Sam and Sharon — it was their original desire to go to Vietnam that instigated this trip. It is cold and… Continue reading View from the north
Keeping it cleanSapa, Vietnam Sapa, Vietnam Have some time watching the fog here in Sapa, thinking about how people in some of the different places that we have been visiting stay healthy. In Myanmar, there is usually a thermos of green tea on the table in restaurants and roadside stands. You swish a little tea… Continue reading Keeping it clean
Chuc Mung Nam Moi!!!!!Hoi An, Vietnam Hoi An, Vietnam Left Siem Reap with full hearts, but a little embarrassed by the abundance of attention we received there. We are not good at being treated so royally. And here we are in Hoi An. It is the tail end of the Tet celebration (hence the title… Continue reading Chuc Mung Nam Moi!!!!!
Golden Times Siem Reap, Cambodia Siem Reap, Cambodia We are in Siem Reap, cambodia now, with our friend Than and his family. We met Than (pronouced with a silent H, and rhymes with “John”) when he was our driver 3-1/2 years ago. Each night, back then, we had wonderful conversations about his hopes and dreams.… Continue reading Golden Times
Tada, Myanmar.Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (at least I was TOLD that is how you say goodbye in Burmese……)We have spent the last two days in Yangon (formerly Rangoon), and this teeming city of 6 m;illion has been our least favorite part of Myanmar.Maybe its because when we travel, we find that every few… Continue reading Tada, Myanmar.
From the Heho airportYangon (Rangoon), Myanmar Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar Not sure whether I am connected to wifi — but i have some time while waiting for our flight to Yangon. Thought I would write a little bit to answer some of the questions people have asked me, and also to add a few disparate observations… Continue reading From the Heho airport
Leg rowing on Inle LakeInle Lake, Myanmar Inle Lake, Myanmar I keep thinking about the balance required to be a fisherman on Inle Lake. Imagine this: You are standing on the front or the back of a flat-bottomed canoe-like boat. You are standing on your left leg. You have a long oar — it is… Continue reading Leg rowing on Inle Lake
Kalaw and Inle LakeInle Lake, Myanmar Inle Lake, Myanmar Saturday morning, we said good bye to Bagan and flew to Heho, the air access to Kalaw and to Inle Lake, both in the Shan state, kind of close to Thailand’s northwest corner. Kalaw had been recommended to us — we thought it was kind of… Continue reading Kalaw and Inle Lake
BaganBagan, Myanmar Bagan, Myanmar sitting in an Adirondack chair on the deck of our bamboo and teak “room” (bedroom with a separate sunken bathtub, an outdoor shower, and a separate toilet room) — all on stilts on Inle Lake (google our hotel for pictures — it’s the SHWE INN THA HOTEL, or sometimes SHWE INN… Continue reading Bagan