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A fast addiction: durian in Sumatra

Durian is the noxious, spiky fruit that is found throughout Southeast Asia, loved like a member of the family in Sumatra; it just so happened that durian was in season when I hit northern Sumatra.  I had heard about it before my trip from travel shows and books.  Peoples’ reactions to eating it vary greatly. ...CONTINUE READING
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The Laos traveler

In Vientiane, the capital of Laos, I walked into a wine cellar.  (If walking into a wine cellar in Southeast Asia seems odd to you, remember that Laos was a former French colony.  Everything drips a mix of Asian and French in Vientiane.)   The girl working the counter was fast asleep sitting in a...CONTINUE READING
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The freedom of travel

One frustrating notion I’ve gotten out of traveling is that, in regard to travel, anywhere is fair game.  This might at first glance seem liberating, but then how do you make a choice?  You’ve got a place to stay for the summer for free in Namibia, you’ve always wanted to go see Machu Pichu and–why...CONTINUE READING
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A shower in the mountains

Thunder is rolling like rocks on gravel, and as I write this the first few drops have begun to fall on the tin roof of the porch.  It’s 4 o’clock, as dark as 8, seventy degrees and cooling.  The smell of rain slowly filling up the air and wet breeze greeting my face.  The rain...CONTINUE READING
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