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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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Mexico

Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico San Miguel de Allende Beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico won my heart the minute I arrived. There are so many really cool artistic people in San Miguel. I was so happy to meet the wonderful ladies pictured below. Some were relocating to Mexico and others, like me, were just passing through. What a blessing to meet intelligent, energetic and fun people on the road.  Among us there was a school psychologist and principal, a teacher,…

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Guatemala

Guatemala

LIVING OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES – GUATEMALA Across the border from San Ignacio, Belize is Tikal, nestled in the Tikal National Park.  It is one of the largest archaeological sites in the region and a UNESCO World Heritage site. From the border of Belize Tikal is only a short drive. I chose to take a tour (you know I hate tours). Six in a big van wasn’t too bad. Having a very knowledgeable guide also made the tour bearable. I enjoyed…

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