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Ha Noi’d

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

hanoicop.jpgI was lucky to have an entire seat to myself on the 13 hour bus ride from Hue to Ha Noi. The seats are built to the SE Asian average body size and it is quite impossible to fit my legs under the reclining back of the one in front of me. Even a bottle of Dalat’s finest wine couldn’t induce sleep however. But that’s not the fault of the bus – it’s always been difficult for me to sleep in a bus or plane. [read on]

Suitable Hoi An

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

suit.jpgSometimes I do wonder just what in the hell I am doing.

I’ve been in Hoi An in Central Vietnam for just over 24 hours and I just came from the final fitting for 2 suits I had custom-made.

Damn, Jim. You live in Alaska. You are retired. You want to be a be a ski and kayak bum for the rest of your life.

2 Suits? [read on]

Moto-City Madness

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
Saigon has some 4-6 million motorbikes and it's really the most effecient way to get around the city. The little suckers dart everywhere and can come at you from any direction - even if you are walking on the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Cyclo Killer (Qu’est-ce que c’est)

Saturday, November 18th, 2006
cyclo.jpgIn Saigon, there are these guys, most all are around 50 years old and older, who take people (mostly tourists, of course) around town on cyclos. The bikes are modified so that in place of ... [Continue reading this entry]


Thursday, November 16th, 2006
coadai.jpgTraveling has presented a strange dichotomy of existence. Let’s take today’s events for an example: The visit to the Cao Dia temple. From our balcony perch about 100 tourists observed a few hundred Cao ... [Continue reading this entry]


Thursday, November 16th, 2006
I spent the day on a packaged tour - cost me all of $5 (not including lunch and entry fee) and went to a town near the cambodian border and visited the Cao Dia main temple...the religion is as a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Otres Beach, Cambodia

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
otres.jpg'Squeezing it all in' is a reality - So much to do , so little time. Sometimes there's simply not enough time to really enjoy one place. We found this gem of a resort about ... [Continue reading this entry]

Southern Cambodia

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
kompot.jpgAfter leaving Phnom Phen, we spent a few days in Kompot, a small regional capitol in the south of Cambodia. On our first day, I rented a morotbike and we weaved our way to Kep, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sorry about the lack of Pictures

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
I do have 2 big excuses. The first is that the internet connections are mostly very slow or computers that I have been able to use are old and don't have photo editing software. The big reason is ... [Continue reading this entry]

Phnom Phen Water Festival

Sunday, November 12th, 2006
water.jpgAs you may have gathered, getting around in Cambodia isn't always easy. But that's one good reason to do it. It was fairly easy to escape Siem Reap and catch the bus to Cambodia's capitol ... [Continue reading this entry]