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SAME, SAME, BUT DIFFERENT

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Een antwoord dat je altijd krijgt als je wat koopt en vraagt of het ‘echt’ is: same, same but different…horloges, zijden kleding, tasjes, kleding, alles same, same, but different. Dat schijnt ook op te gaan voor de coup. Wel of…

BANGKOK

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BANGKOK – VAN ALLES EN NOG WAT Onderweg naar Bangkok besluiten we eerst een pakketje bij het vliegveld af te halen. Als we in een wir-war van wegen terecht komen, blijkt dat Bangkok niet geladen is op de GPS….en dus…

van Cambodja naar Thailand

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DE STRANDEN Vrij snel arriveren we aan de zuidkust van Cambodja in Kampot. Dit is een aardig plaatsje waar we lunchen maar niet blijven. Ronald en ik hebben een van onze zeldzame ‘meningsverschillen’ en zien daarom de schoonheid van de…

Noord Thailand

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KAMPHAENG PHET En pet is het! Normaal zijn er big smiles en wordt je overal gastvrij ontvangenl. Niets ervan hier. U krijgt nergens een plek wordt ons keihard gezegd. Een kamer nemen en in de auto slapen, oke dan maar.…

Thailand

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VAN STRAND NAAR CULTUUR KO KHO KHAO Een schitterend eiland met prachtige stranden en baaien – we zien het helemaal zitten. Na de lunch vinden we een mooie plek op het strand, dat ook heel populair blijkt te zijn bij…

THAILAND-STRANDLAND

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Voordat we het beseffen, zijn we zomaar een week op dit eiland. De ene dag glijdt moeiteloos over in de andere. Het strand waar we staan, heet Ao Klong Jaak zo’n beetje op het meest zuidelijke puntje van het eiland…

India or Bust

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It’s a bright morning in Bangkok, and a beam of light reflects in just such a way from the rooftop of the drug factory across the way as to awaken me from my bear-like hibernation. We’ve been living in this…

The Rally Crashers

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One thing we’ve come to appreciate about our Southeast Asian friends is their ability to coerce us into doing unusual activities that we would never otherwise do. This subtle trickery is achieved through nonchalance and a sprinkling of urgency, such…

Nacho’s New Heart

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The forklift driver carefully maneuvered the arm in front of Nacho’s sliding door. The engine hung idly from a chain as the driver used the controls to square up the arm with the opening in the side of the van.…

Barkeep, Another Mekong Please

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  Brad sat with his back to the Mekong River and I watched his face slowly darken to a silhouette of black. The sky was smeared with the most brilliant blues while the dark clouds seemingly sat on an invisible…

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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  It all started with a little bump. “What on Earth was that?” Sheena asked, wide-eyed and alarmed. “Just a little bump,” I said reassuringly. As dictated by Murphy’s Law, it was 92 kilometers into a 100 kilometer diversion off…

The Sheena Stewart Show

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  We gathered around the table covered by a cloth imprinted with cappuccino cups and fluffy croissants. I would have imagined that we were somewhere in Italy, yet the dishes in the center of the table were all of Thai…

The Human Zoo

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  On a Tuesday afternoon Sheena and I boarded Nacho and set off in search of a human zoo. “A human zoo,” you say? It must be so, for it says it right here in our guidebook. “The villages are…

Coffee Shop Hermits

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  Brad and I are certainly two people who love our morning coffee. Brad says I get angry without it but I wouldn’t go that far. When we lived at home we ordered green beans from Sweet Marias in Oakland and roasted…

What Josh is Doing

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  Brigit and Bret lived in a modest house on Grand Canyon Avenue. A few bicycles accented the front porch, which overlooked the street and a front garden filled with mint, strawberries, lemongrass, and a peach tree. Brigit was the…

Searching for a Piece of Burma

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  In the past I’ve mentioned my undying love for Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations. Just a few months ago he came out with a new show on CNN called Parts Unknown. He said that he accepted the offer because…

Born Again Nacho

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  About a year ago in Colombia, our transmission failed. We had been driving up a dirt road in the middle of the faraway mountains when Nacho voided his bowels, we were towed to a tiny mountain village where a deranged…

The Resilience of a Mother

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  My mom and brother had arrived some time before Christmas in 2003, and we loaded their belongings in the trunk of our tiny red Kia. Our first visitors during our year living abroad. We would make it to our…

Shopping Shenanigans

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“Don’t you ever get tired of going to markets? It’s soooo boring. It’s like going to a grocery store. You know they are all the same, right?” I have heard this from Brad on a weekly basis. Well, to answer that first question, no,…

The Ill-Fated Jungle Trek

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“Jungle trekking, yeah!” Sheena was visibly excited on the morning that we awoke for our ill-fated day of jungle trekking. She’d picked up a new pair of trekking boots after we left Argentina, and now walked in circles in the…