It was springtime in Hanoi and it was hot. Seriously hot. Sweltering heat and no air conditioning in our house. Even the rats were sweating. One actually ran into my room looking for a fan. It was the last week of my volunteer teaching gig at Hanoi High School and … Read more
During my first year in Taiwan, my friend Sara flew in from Hawaii for a long weekend. As I was sharing bits of my new life with her, she noticed I kept repeating the phrase “…but they never told me”, whether it was stories about bus issues, failed … Read more
The Cao Dai religion is unique to Vietnam and, luckily, the largest Cao Dai Temple is located very near Saigon. This allows for an easy day trip in combination with the historically fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels.
Being a very independent traveler, I usually avoid group tours but in this case, … Read more
Expat Tales: Chapter 5 – Bangkok and Beyond
(The continuing saga of what really happened after I quit my job.)
Bangkok often has a reputation for being a bit rough, wild, and undeveloped, but when compared with neighboring Cambodia, Bangkok seems much more orderly and efficient. It still maintains some … Read more
My first visit to the Long Neck tribe near Mae Hong Son, Thailand was in November 1991 on one of those typical backpacker tours out of Chiang Mai that included 4 days of trekking, caving, and a visit to the Long Neck refugee village.
At that time, the village was … Read more