Getting Beaten Up By An 80lb Woman And Other Fun Massage/Acupuncture Experiences

August 28, 2012

accu thumb

In Siem Reap I got a chance to try a few things I’ve never done before. When confronted with the opportunity to try something new, within reason, I never turn down the opportunity! Acupuncture I was familiar with acupuncture before coming here, but I had never had it done before. I don’t have any health […]

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Phnom Penh – Capital Of The Kingdom Of Cambodia

August 27, 2012

Wat Phnom

Phnom Penh is not at all what I expected. It is a modern metropolis full of cars (quite a change from all the scooters in Ho Chi Minh City), the architecture is very similar to Thailand’s, and the people were so nice and unrushed. That said, it was a bit eerie walking down the streets […]

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Crazy Hair Fundraiser Update!

August 26, 2012

My Crazy Hair

Sadly, despite my best efforts to raise money on the streets of Vientiane, Laos the day before my birthday, I raised no money in person for my Wigs For Kids fundraiser. Since the last update I went home, did lots of media, and was in the Cleveland media. All these things only brought in $200, […]

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Suffering A Technological Setback In Cambodia And The Expensive Solution

August 25, 2012

Universal AC Adapter

Up until now I’ve been spared any technological disasters. But I suffered my first setback in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The first sign something was wrong was that I put my hand next to the left side of my computer and got electrocuted. It wasn’t a strong shock, but you’re not supposed to get shocked by […]

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Photo Friday – You Gotta Manage Those Darn Foreigners! – Luang Prabang, Laos

August 24, 2012

You Gotta Manage Those Foreigners! - Taken 14-Aug-2012 - Luang Prabang, Laos

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A Glimpse Into Cambodia’s Recent Dark Past

August 23, 2012


Cambodia has a very dark recent past that most people don’t know about. When you think of the word genocide you probably think of the holocaust. But there was a genocide in the late-1970’s in Cambodia claiming some 2,000,000 lives – about a quarter of the Cambodian population at the time. S21 S21 was the […]

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Sunday Lunch With Four Generations Of A Vietnamese Family – And I Was Invited!

August 22, 2012

Eating Lunch On The Floor

On my last day in Ho Chi Minh City I had the opportunity to do something wonderful – have a family lunch with a friend’s family! My friend, Dung, and I met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2004 while in training for the oil company we were both to start working for, Schlumberger. We stayed […]

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Volunteering With Smile Group In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam And Visiting A Buddhist Orphanage/Nursing Home

August 21, 2012

Drawing With One Of The Kids

Smile Group is an organization started by Nguyen Van Hung to help children live in dignity with AIDS. More specifically, their mission statement is “to restore dignity and hope to children and families affected by AIDS, through financial, educational, moral and psychological support. We are committed to helping children and young adults have equal access to […]

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Being An American In Vietnam

August 20, 2012

Me And My New Friend Thanh

Many people asked me what it’s like being an American in Vietnam. I’d say it’s probably quite similar to being a Brazilian or a Swede in Vietnam. There were no problems or hard feelings at all. I experienced this phenomenon in the Middle East. When I moved to Abu Dhabi in 2004 I expected a […]

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Meeting Vietnam’s Most Famous Author – And Being Inspired To Write

August 18, 2012

Me And Nguyen Nhat Anh

On my last night in Ho Chi Minh City, Long, my couchsurfing host, and I decided to see a movie. We got the ticket and had two hours to eat dinner before the movie started. He told me there was a nice café nearby where we could eat and that Vietnam’s most famous author, Nguyen […]

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Photo Friday – Childhood Learning: The Gaze Of Bewilderment – Veuntaen, Laos

August 17, 2012

- Taken 10-Aug-2012 - Veuntaen, Laos

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Peace Through Children’s Eyes

August 16, 2012

Peace Through Children's Eyes Paintings

At the War Crimes Museum/War Remnants Museum there was an exhibit dedicated to “Peace Through Children’s Eyes.” The goal was for children of Ho Chi Minh City to express their “thoughts and feelings on their peaceful and beautiful homeland and a war-free world full of friendship between peoples of the world.” Below are pictures of […]

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Visiting The Vietnam War Remnants / War Crimes Museum On July 4th

August 15, 2012

USA Military Remnants

I made the grave error of visiting the War Crimes Museum/War Remnants Museum on July 4th. The museum had remnants of American planes and tanks from the war and told the story of the war from the Vietnamese side. There’s no need to rehash the events of 40 years ago. There are plenty of books […]

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam – The Times They Are A-Changin

August 14, 2012

Scooter Taxi With All My Stuff

Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon before the war) was my entry point to Vietnam. I arrived a bit sick from Singapore and full of weariness of what was to come. I wasn’t afraid, but I had no idea how much of the awesomeness from Latin America I’d have to sacrifice as a […]

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Saigon Cafe Culture – The Best In The World

August 13, 2012

My First Vietnamese Coffee

You probably aren’t expecting me to say this, given that I’ve done my fair share of traveling around Europe, but Ho Chi Minh City, by far, has the best café culture I’ve ever seen. Seriously. There are cafes everywhere. They all have free wifi and most restaurants do as well. As a nomad with a […]

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Happy Laos

August 12, 2012

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Liena Lacey is volunteering at Saoban, a store in the center of Vientiane, Laos that works with villages throughout Laos to produce fairtrade arts and crafts. By itself, this is a cool story and Liena, an Australian, is doing great things here. But there’s another project she’s helping out with that she so kindly shared […]

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What Does “Helping People” Mean?

August 11, 2012

help wanted

This is a question I always have in the back of my mind and the answer has changed over time. Back as a naive nomad when first starting out on this trip, I thought any kind of volunteering was positive, any effort to alleviate poverty was good, and education was the key to breaking the […]

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