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Vietnam Part 3: The North

Part 1, featuring south Vietnam, is here and part 2, featuring central Vietnam, is here. Northern Vietnam is the supposed to be the pinnacle of the Vietnam backpacking experience. Most everyone who travels from south to north hightails it to Hanoi, and plans overnight tours to Sapa or Ha Long Bay or — if you’ve got the time […]

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Vietnam Part 2: Central Vietnam

Part 1, featuring south Vietnam, is here. If there’s something pretty much everyone who travels through Vietnam can agree on, it’s that Hoi An is wonderful and that you’ll stay there longer than you plan to. Johanna and I immediately fell in love with Hoi An on our first day there. It’s a quaint town with an endless […]

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Vietnam Part 1: The South

I’ll admit that although I didn’t know much about Vietnam before I went, I was relieved when I finally made it to Ho Chi Minh City. My week in Cambodia was less than stellar for a variety of reasons, and the promise of cooler temperatures in the north, and eating noodle soup for all of […]

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Siem Reap and Angkor

Somehow, after what seemed like ten very short days together in Thailand, Alex and I found ourselves on a plane to Siem Reap, Cambodia, ready to finish our time together by exploring the ancient temples of Angkor. I was excited for Angkor, and I was really excited for Cambodia after hearing so many wonderful things […]

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Thailand Part 2: The South

Part 1, featuring northern Thailand, is here. On this trip, I really wanted to visit one of Thailand’s three ancient capitals, and I set my sights on Sukhothai, arguably the most impressive of the three capitals, and smack dab between Chiang Mai and Bangkok. When I left Chiang Mai, I had three days to reach Bangkok […]

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Thailand Part 1: The North

I’ve been a terrible travel blogger for the past few weeks. I haven’t even been busy, I’ve just been “living hard,” as I like to say. Exploring as much as possible, relaxing when it’s time to take a break, and moving around a lot. After my magical trip to Myanmar, I made my way to Thailand, […]

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Myanmar Part 3: the Shan State

If you haven’t read them yet, part one is here, and part two is here. We arrived in Pyin Oo Lwin early in the morning. I was tired from a semi-sleepless journey on the night bus, but we decided to hit the ground running after an incredible breakfast and my first non-instant coffee in weeks. Pyin Oo […]

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Myanmar Part 2: Inle Lake

If you haven’t read part one, you can do that here. After five days in Bagan, it was time to move on, so on my last day I grabbed a night bus heading east and arrived in Kalaw at 2:45 in the morning. Stepping off the bus, I felt truly cold for the first time […]

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Myanmar Part 1: Yangon and Bagan

The beginning of this adventure. I left Omaha early on February 1. A winter storm almost kept me there for a few more days, but with a change of flights, I was off to Houston to Tokyo and to Bangkok after saying what was easily the toughest goodbye of my life to Alex at the airport. […]

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2015

Last year, I did my first annual year in review in this style. Maybe it’s self-serving, but I love looking back on these things and seeing how I have (or haven’t) grown in the past year. 2015 was a little less eventful than 2014 for me. Maybe because I’m getting old and realized I need […]

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