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Giving Alms & Taking Photos

Giving Alms & Taking Photos

A breakfast of sticky rice, and maybe even a banana. Seems simple right? A handful of residence from the Buddhist community line the main street everyday, specifically I am speaking of Luang Prabang but this occurs in most areas with a local Wat, at 6am to participate in the Almsgiving. Giving food, Alms, to the Monks of the local Wat and it is often thought of as a way to connect with their spiritualness and while this tradition has been going on for thousands of years without a hitch there is a newer element mixed in that is causing a…

Favorite Tree: Laos Edition

Favorite Tree: Laos Edition

Its tough to think that it has been a whole month since I first entered Laos, and yet it has been such an exciting country to travel through that even if we indulged for another month it still would have been too soon to leave. Some of my favorite time spent in Laos was in the mountains of the north, where the heat was just slightly less oppressive than it was in the south. There were also lots of trees, and that is what brings us together here today – here are a few of the favorites!      

One Hot Night in The Kitchen

One Hot Night in The Kitchen

What happens when you befriend a  connoisseur of tattoos and soup in the Laotian capital of Vientiane? But of course you end up with half a kilo of raw home made sausage. And what do you do when you obtain half a kilo of home made sausage in Laos? Well I can’t tell the future so who knows what you would do, but we waited until it was late at night, put on our chef chapeaus and commandeered the hostel’s kitchen to cook them up with noodles and peppers; thus creating an innovative new culinary style that is being referred to by…

Trekking to a Village Unknown

Trekking to a Village Unknown

Four leeches and 6 ticks later, we arrived at the village. I still don’t know its name but the six hour hike was the only way in or out. A good guide can make all the difference, and we had a great one. His name was Joy, I am positive that I have misspelled that, a Laos native who worked in the rice fields during the rainy season when there weren’t any tours to guide. He knew our trail like it was his own back yard and in a way it was his backyard… .          …

China’s Most Wanted

China’s Most Wanted

  I was lost, unsure of what country I was in and oblivious to what they were yelling at me. They were speaking Chinese of course, I know that now. There were signs, about a half hour before this, that were no longer written in Laotian. They were unfamiliar characters but with my approximate geographic location I could have assumed they were Chinese; at the time I hadn’t thought much about it. As I rode across the red and white checkered line and the police started frantically waving me back and I knew for sure that I had actually crossed the…

Both Sides of the Mekong in Black & White

Both Sides of the Mekong in Black & White

I have heard the term ‘off the beaten path’ so much over the last few weeks that it has lost most of its meaning at this point, but Chaing Kong and Huay Xaith were certainly parting from the beaten path even if they were not all together off of it. We weren’t exactly in the middle of a forest or a 30 person village, but Chaing Khong and Huay Xai were the first towns we visited where almost no locals spoke English and travelers were not a common sight. They were quite towns in Thailand and Laos, respectively, with charming people, views and…

My Favorite Tree: Thailand Edition

My Favorite Tree: Thailand Edition

I like trees, maybe I like them more than most people do, and maybe I like them more that I should. They provide us with oxygen, a sustainable building material, known as wood, great beauty to admire and a perfect place to hang a hammock. What more can you ask for? In each city and town that we have visited so far I have seemed to bump into a tree that I could easily call my favorite, here are a few of them from Thailand.       This may be a stretch for a ‘favorite tree’ as it is…

Adventures of Pai   pt. 2

Adventures of Pai pt. 2

Day two on the peds was what I would call ‘a wash.’ We drove almost half way to Chang Mai, about 60KM, before we realized we were going in the opposite direction of the caves we were looking for. The good news in this is that we rode miles and miles of the most exciting switchbacks and S curves that I have ever seen, if only my ped a bit more pep in its step.     Before taking off on day 3 we centered ourselves with a fresh pot of locally grown green tea and a good look at…

Adventures of Pai   pt.1

Adventures of Pai pt.1

First impressions can be important and maybe the friendly smiles and artists selling their work set the tone for the rest of my time here, or maybe Pai is actually as cool as I think it is. The artist community has a noticeable prescence and seeing their handmade crafts on the road instead of the same mass produced wearables and souvenirs that I had seen in Bangkok and Chaing Mai felt good. I was also on the verge of getting car sick from the mini bus that hauled us through the bumpy switchbacks from Chaing Mai, so Pai’s welcoming streets could…

Best Cafe Since…

Best Cafe Since…

Cafe Arte: Awesome barista – Check Exposed brick walls – Check Good Music – Tame Impala, Arcade Fire, The Smiths…Check Selling local handmade crafts – Check Espresso Delicioso – CHECK Chiang Mai is a wonderful city known for many things, but is its cafes one of them? Well, after spending some time at Cafe Arte (located on the one and only ‘Road Lane 7’) you might argue that it should be.  I’l explain more in a minute but first lets delve into a life lesson I learned a few years ago and still hold to be true in every sense. After…

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