I originally started this blog to share updates while traveling. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, but the last few years have been more intense and rewarding than any trip I’ve been on. So as the year wraps up it seemed appropriate to send out a dispatch. 2018 was a year of […]
I’m on the rooftop of the Seng Hout hotel watching the sunset over Battambang. The Muslim call to prayer is echoing across the river and the ornate roofs of Buddhist temples are glinting in the orange light. I decided to stay another day here and am glad I did. There’s a restaurant I really like: […]
Hotel Room (private bath, fan, cable, wifi, pool): $10. Breakfast (banana pancakes, mango shake): $4. Lunch (pork bahn mi sandwich): $3.50. Cappuccino: $2. Angkor Beer: $0.75. Dinner (dragon fruit caipirinha, glazed chicken and greens, coconut ice cream): $11. Total: $31.25. I admit. Dinner was a splurge. It was amazing.
This was an overwhelming place to visit. More than 300 mass graves dot Cambodia where 1.3 million people were killed by shovels, hatchets and machetes by a genocidal regime in the late 1970s. My Tuk Tuk driver, who is also a friend of my friend’s here, had never been inside Choeung Ek and walked the […]
Big Sur is one of my favorite places in the world. It has spectacular views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, gnarled windswept Cypress tress clinging to the cliffs, and deep valleys of Redwood forests. I got to backpacking there for a few days earlier this month. This Point Lobos, a hiking spot right on the coast, […]
We celebrated the New Year in San Antonio, home of the fried brownie and the Alamo. We will never forget.
On the road to Texas.
Victoria is the capital of British Colombia on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s about a 6 hour trip from Portland, including the drive to Port Angeles and the ferry across the Sound. We had a great time up there, and I thought I’d post a few travel tips and suggestions.
I spoke with my Chilean family yesterday. It sounds like a mess, but internet, telephone and electricity is finally back- and all the people I know well seem to be safe. The main bridges connecting Concepcion with the suburbs all fell down, several buildings in the University where I did my study abroad burned, looters […]
Fourtet at the Independent in San Francisco. Do you know what I like best about the Independent? Drinking $1.75 beer at the Bean Bag Cafe across the street before the show.