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Life on the road: What is it really like?

Life on the road: What is it really like?

Living Outside the Boundaries Life on the Road! What is it really like? People who hear about the year long journey I am undertaking generally respond by assuming that I am having a ball partying around the world. They think I am meeting exotic men, going to great parties, eating fantastic food, and exploring remote places. They assume the nomadic lifestyle is easy-peasy and fun times are abundant. Well I can honestly say that all of this was true about…

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The Budget: Your Questions Answered

The Budget: Your Questions Answered

The BUDGET!  Your Questions Answered By far, the budget is the area I receive the most questions, especially from those who want to do their own unique version of extended travel. Before answering your questions let me make one thing perfectly clear, “I ain’t got no money.” In Standard English, “I am not a wealthy person”. I am living as well as I would in the United States, at a fraction of the cost. This might indicate I am smart,…

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Germany

Germany

Germany Marktkirche (Market Church) in Wiesbaden Construction began in 1823 Hello from Germany, my second home.  After living in Wiesbaden for eight years it is strange to view Wiesbaden from a tourist’s perspective. As I was taking pictures for the blog I was reminded how breathtakingly beautiful Wiesbaden is, as well as the surrounding towns. Wiesbaden in central Germany, is the capital of the state of Hessen. Surrounded by Frankfurt, Darmstadt, and Mainz it lies in the heart of Hessen. I have spent many…

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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.