Sacrifice and Life Among the Hill Tribes of Laos
Mar27

Sacrifice and Life Among the Hill Tribes of Laos

I was wakened from sleep by a blood-curdling scream. It wasn’t quite a human sound, but in that middle ground, between slumber and consciousness, I couldn’t be too sure. Streaky shafts of pale sunlight were streaming through glassless windows and cracks between the planks of the wall in the room where I had been sleeping. It had been a night of strange dreams and I had to rub repeatedly to remove the crusty rheum that had formed in...

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What Does it Cost to Live for a Month in Krabi, Thailand?
Mar02

What Does it Cost to Live for a Month in Krabi, Thailand?

This post What Does It Cost to Live for a Month (in the tropical paradise) of Krabi Thailand is by Chris Backe. Chris is the 32-year-old author of over a dozen books and itineraries, and the blogger behind oneweirdglobe.com. He focuses on visiting the offbeat and bizarre destinations around the world. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest updates. If you are interested in seeing what it costs to live in...

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Mar01

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I am writing this paragraph from the back of a tuk-tuk motorcycle taxi as we careen along dusty, potholed roads in northern Laos. It is hard to believe how few of these kinds of adventures I had before I retired almost four years ago. I am here pursuing my newly rediscovered passions of, travel, photography and writing and so loving this new journey that I call LifePart2.  In a strange coincidence, a few weeks ago I got an email...

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I Tried Betel Nut
Feb20

I Tried Betel Nut

When you have spent a bit of time in Myanmar — after you have gotten used to the spectacular landscapes, the incredible temples and the colorful characters — you begin to notice little things: pleasant aromas emanating from the tea houses, smiling children playing in the streets and red splotches everywhere, pocked on the ground. In some places there are so many spots that it looks like the scene of an accident or as if...

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Photo: Textile Market in Pisac, Peru
Feb17

Photo: Textile Market in Pisac, Peru

While we were in the Sacred Valley in Peru we ventured to the textile market at Pisac. With traditional Incan musicians playing in the background and food vendors cooking their wares on charcoal grills outside, the market was a feast for all the senses. You can click on the image to see it a larger format. You Might Also LikeForgotten East TexasWe Did It! Life Part II Has Begun!Kohunlich Mayan Ruin SiteStreet Food | Elotes and...

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Eggs Benedict in SE Asia and Life’s Other Simple Pleasures
Feb15

Eggs Benedict in SE Asia and Life’s Other Simple Pleasures

I receive many emails from people that telling me that they admire the traveling semi-nomadic, minimalist lifestyle that I have chosen for my retirement, but they also say they wouldn’t be able to handle the ‘sacrifices’ I make living on the road less traveled. Yes, sometimes I may try some crazy things, but this morning I sacrificed by enjoying Eggs Benedict at one of my favorite places to eat near the Mekong River in Vientiane,...

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