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Koh Samui, Thailand

I am on the island of Koh Samui which is off the east coast of southern Thailand. It has been overcast the past few days. I have enjoyed some down-time, sleeping, reading and walking around the island. It is very touristy and pricey. I am told Koh Phangan is very different. I met my fellow students and teachers tonight at ...
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Volunteering at Elephant Nature Park…an AMAZING place in Northern Thailand

I just left the most incredible green pastured oasis, surrounded by jungle mountains called Elephant Nature Park (http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/aboutus.htm).  It is a haven for abused elephants who once worked in the now illegal logging industry and others mistreated by various owners.  There are 33 elephants (including 2 baby elephants born in May) on the 50 acres in addition to cows and over ...
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Fell off a Bridge & into the Mekong River…Rat for Dinner Anyone???

Who does that????  Yes, I literally rode off a bridge and fell into the Mekong River!!!!  I swear, I am the most accident prone person I know.  Ughhh!!!  To be fair, it wasn’t a huge bridge but it was very narrow and I had issues with changing gears.  Thankfully, it was on the incline so I didn’t fall to far. I missed hitting a metal ...
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Vietnam…Mosquitoes, Monsoons & Communism

We had nothing but HOT, HUMID, 100+ degree weather while cycling to the rural Cambodian boarder town of Phnom Den.  It wasn’t so much a town, but a green country side full of rice paddies, ducks, a bridge with crossing gates and an immigration shack.  Very different from the hectic, city one we crossed into by the Thai boarder. After passport formalities and officially being ...
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Khmer Rouge Education & Fanny Packs

Ok, I ate a spiced, bbq tarantula leg.  If it was cooked with different spices…it might be tasty! So, I am writing from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.  The name means “Hill Temple/Pagoda”and Grandma Penh was a beloved widow they named the city after. My hotel is on the river confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap.  There are a lot ...
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