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Laos

Laos

I chose Luang Prabang as a destination simply because  it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. That was all I needed to know. I admit that I am a UNESCO groupie. The first thing I look for when I travel is the availability of a Toastmasters Club and the second thing is a search to see if  there is a UNSECO heritage site nearby.

Thailand Part II

Thailand Part II

Thailand Part II Vibrant colors abound in Thailand. I was walking one day in the heat, and pretty miserable I might add.  I happened to look up and high above my head, dangling from the trees I saw these beautiful red umbrellas. I stopped to rest under their added shade, and took a few minutes to admire how beautiful they looked. I immediately felt better (not cooler) but better.  Thailand is definitely one of the color capitols of the world.

Thailand Part I

Thailand Part I

THAILAND About sixteen years ago I traveled through southern Thailand. I was working in Japan and on spring break.  I was there during Songkran, the Thai New Year. Eventually I moved on to Phuket and Pi Pi Islands. Thailand was phenomenal.

Cambodia

Cambodia

Living Outside the Boundaries Cambodia Arriving at the Airport What is hotter than 12 times hell? Cambodia. Oh My Goodness!!!!!!! It was so hot it just didn’t make sense. It was 104 F on the day of my arrival and it hovered around that the entire time in country. When I stepped out of the airport I was hit in the face by heat. It felt like an actual fist of heat had given me a full body assault. But…

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Vietnam – Part II

Vietnam – Part II

Living Outside the Boundaries – Vietnam Part II Hoi An Hoi An, Vietnam stole my heart. My intention was to stay three days and end the Vietnam portion of the trip back in Saigon. The minute I layed eyes on Hoi An I knew I would be there longer. Tired of the heat and all the tourists, I knew this would be the perfect place to take a vacation from my vacation. I added nine more days for a total of…

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Vietnam – Part I

Vietnam – Part I

Motorcycles, Street Food, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, HaLong Bay, Hue Living Outside the Boundaries – Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) In Vietnam the driving is the most chaotic schizophrenic style I have ever seen, even more so than Italy or Egypt. As the taxi from the airport sat at the red light, it seemed like hundreds of motorcycles appeared. When the light turned green it was a free for all and there were near misses between bikes, cars, motorcycles…

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New Zealand

New Zealand

I returned to the land down under “The Land Down Under”, the land of the Kiwis, New Zealand. This was my second trip to New Zealand. The first time was about 16 years ago.

Chile – Part II

Chile – Part II

Living Outside the Boundaries – Chile part II Graffitti Art of Valparaiso Valparaiso and Via del Mar are beautiful seaside towns about two hours from Santiago, Chile. Via del Mar is a resort town. It’s cleaner, quieter and has better beaches than Valparaiso. However, between the two I preferred Valparaiso. It’s a Naples thing I suppose, another diamond in the rough. It is also Pablo Neruda’s hometown. Surprise! It is the artistic capital of Chile. Valparaiso historic quarter is a…

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Chile – Part I

Chile – Part I

Chile: A Country of vibrant colors, diverse landscapes and exceptionally kind people. Living Outside the Boundaries – Chile Chile If you want a land that is diverse with a variety of activities to keep you actively engaged then Chile is it. From dessert dunes in the north to the highest peaks in Torres del Paine National Forest near the southernmost tip, Chile is the place to be for the adventure seeker. I was quite comfortable with sitting back observing the…

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Panama

Panama

Living Outside the Boundaries Town Square of Casco Antiguo My time in Panama was a time of rest, relaxation, meditation and reflection. If the weather had been a little more cooperative I would have explored more areas outside of the city. The weather was extreme. I don’t like extremes in temperature. I remained inside most days because it was really too hot to do anything else. That is the beauty of leisure travel. There is no rush to accomplish anything…

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