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Laos-Thailand Border

Sitting on the Laos side of the border as the sun is about to set. Looking at Thailand and the bordering Mekong river enjoying a Beer Lao, which is pretty good. Life is good.  Read More

Rock Salt

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That’s some serious rock salt. I wonder how much Whole Foods would charge for one of those boulders.  Read More

Elephant Eskimo Kisses

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Sasha smooched an elephant and didn’t even realize it, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Traveling through Thailand images of elephants bedeck beer bottles, billboards and buildings. They are icons that are almost universally revered throughout the country and literally worshipped by some. However, over the last 100 years wild elephants in Thailand have dropped in numbers... Read More

Welcome to the Club Car

We just took our first sleeper train of the trip and we were pretty happy campers all things considered. We traveled second class air con, which means we shared a berth with two other people — university students from Ireland. Two bunks on each side and Sasha and I had the bottom bunks which is, we’re told, what one wants in these situations. I’ve been under the... Read More

Today Didn’t Suck

Sasha in Ko Nang Yuan.

Today was the last of a pretty intensive four day course to become a certified PADI open water level scuba diver. And I passed. Yippee! It was the perfect day. It most certainly didn’t suck. Josh joined me on the last two dives of my course (my deepest depth at 60ft) with Winnie , the kick-ass Dive Master with Planet Scuba who showed me the  ropes and drilled me with skills... Read More