To Be Continued…

Well, I’ll be home in less than 2 weeks. The first thing I plan to do is murder some cookie dough, then I will eat my weight in cheese, and finally, I will resume posting all the weird and wonderful things I have discovered on my travels.

I’m hoping the computer will be fixable once I’m back home and in one place for more than 2 days! I look forward to sharing all the rest of my adventures with you then. Stay tuned for cooking classes in Chiang Mai, playing with elephants, Muay Thai fights, a “slow boat” ride down the Mekong River, the vast and mysterious Plain of Jars, a food challenge in the sweet little French-influenced town of Luang Prabang in Laos, Angkor Wat at sunrise and sunset, the temple-eating trees of the Tomb Raider ruins of Ta Prohm in Cambodia, cooking classes in Phnom Penh, the nightime cityscape of Hong Kong from Victoria Harbor, tea plantations in Sri Lanka, fire-twirlers and be-gowned elephants on parade at night for Esala Perahera, and assorted waterfalls, monks, temples, and lots and lots of food. If all goes according to plan in the next week, I’ll also be adding my thoughts and photos of Singapore, Malacca, and Kuala Lumpur!

Hope to see you back again soon.


On travel…

I’m sitting here in this foreign land, in a cafe across from a river with a name I can’t pronounce (yet). I’m eating my dinner- a local specialty which, if I could find it, costs less than half what it would at home. I’m drinking my beverage made of a fruit I love but which costs $2 a piece at home and wouldn’t be frittered away in a drink if I bought it. And I’m reading my downloaded book (thank you, library!) which has nothing to do with travel, but which nonetheless just delivered the following thought-provoking quote to me. Enjoy…

“No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself that a hundred years of quiet introspection.”

~Patrick Rothfuss