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Jan 20, 2016 - Sa Dec

As we prepared for breakfast this morning we listened to loudspeaker announcements in the nearby village. The government has placed speakers along the roads every 200 meters and they play by radio the same “news” throughout the country for 2 hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. There is no option to change the channel or turn down the volume. This morning we continued our cruise down the Mekong. So far in about 200 miles on the Tone Sap and Mekong rivers we have seen only one bridge, at Phnom Penh. However, there are hundreds...

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Nov 5, 2014 - Day 11 Sa Dec, Vietnam

Lois writing now: Yesterday we crossed into Vietnam, and border crossing formalities took place without us having to do a thing. What a concept! We picked up a second guide, Young (Dhong) who remained with us for the rest of the tour. He/she was terrific, knowledgeable and funny. This morning (Nov. 5) the ship had to navigate downstream for about 5 hours, so it began moving before breakfast. First on the agenda was a tour of the boat, in groups of four. The engine room was okay, but I was surprised to see a laundry room. The crew quarters...

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Southeast Asia 2014

Jun 22, 2014 - Groundings, Guilt and Gratitude

Once I was on my own again, getting back to my norm was like a page turning in a book-- slow at first, but then you're totally in a new place. The beachside hotel was swapped for a tiny homestay in a residential area, located ideally near the backpacker corner and within walking distance of the Old Town. My pace shifted and regular activities resumed. I wandered more slowly, in-depthly and randomly. Renting a bicycle allowed me to leisurely cruise through the more rural outskirts. I worked on a nearby farm for most of a day, learning how to...

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