Monthly Archive: May 2013

Photo Focus – Woman’s Best Friend

This week’s photo focus comes from Koh Lanta, Thailand where I was recently reunited with my adopted street dog Lady. In just three weeks we will board a plane together en route to San Francisco. Until then, we are enjoying all of the sunset beach walks that we can, with plenty of breaks to chase …

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An Adult’s Guide to Enjoying a Full Moon Party

I accidentally attended the most infamous beach party in the world last night. Koh Phangan’s monthly Full Moon Party attracts between 20,000-30,000 revelers whose median age likely hovers around 20. The oft-sleepy island balloons for a few days as the beach plays host to pounding electronica music, alcoholic drinks served in children’s sand buckets, and …

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The Killing Fields: Walking through the Khmer Rouge’s Cambodia

During the three years, eight months, and twenty days that the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia, an estimated one-third of the population died through systematic murder, starvation, and illness. To put that into terms that we as Americans can understand, it would be as if all residents of California, New York, Texas, and Florida died between …

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Photo Focus – The King’s Birthday, Cambodia

Some of my favorite travel moments are those that were completely unplanned, unexpected, and that ended with a BANG! The evening pictured here fits that description to a T. For three days (May 13-15), Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh celebrated King Norodom Sihamon’s birthday with nightly fireworks shows in front of the Royal Palace. It just …

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What not to wear to a Wat (or any other place of spiritual significance)

When traveling outside of the United States, the “must see” sites often include churches, temples, wats, mosques, cemeteries, and other locations of spiritual significance to the local population. When I first started traveling, I was pretty ignorant to dress expectations. I figured that I was dressed pretty modestly by Western standards, so it was OK. …

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A Day with the Bears

Let’s talk about bears. Think about all of the bears that were a part of our youth: Yogi, Smokey, Teddy Ruxpin, The Berensteins, Balu, Poo, Paddington, Fozzy, and the Care and gummy varieties. Holy crap that’s a lot of bears. And yet, how often do we think about bears now that we’re adults? In my …

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