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Ben

I Should Have Stayed Home

Chinese public holidays are the worst time to travel in China. Why? Because it’s when everyone travels in China. Bus stations pack, train tickets become unavailable and plane tickets skyrocket. And while this is worst and most prevalent during the… Continue Reading →

Laos Mountain Roads

Laos looks small on the map. At 236,800 square kilometers, it’s only slightly smaller than the UK or my home state of Michigan. What these maps don’t show is a landscape the likes of which I had never really seen… Continue Reading →

The Road Not Taken: Revelations and Bus Stations

There are those moments when stark realizations overlay themselves on what you are experiencing in the moment. Perhaps they come from song lyrics. From a literary reference. Or maybe something passively told to you drunkenly at a bar. At the… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: A 13-Storey Pedestrian Bridge?

Getting there: Take the CRT subway to Jiaochankou or Xiaoshizi. From Jiaochankou Exit 4:  Cross the road and turn left. continue on the right side of the road until you come to the sign pictured below. Turn Right. From Xiaoshizi… Continue Reading →

Elevator Etiquette in China

While there are certainly plenty of things I love about China, more and more, the elevator etiquette that I deal with daily in my office building gets to me. I work in a 46-storey building, and the 2 sets of… Continue Reading →

Breaking Out of Luang Prabang

The word is out there about Luang Prabang. UNESCO town. Beautiful architecture. Stunning riverside landscape and temples galore. The morning alms procession by the local monks that is a must-see. All this was on my mind as I tried to… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing Photo Walk

Muang Sing still holds a unique place in my memory. This is not only for the news I received just prior to arriving, nor the stray people I met in the town.  There was something about the locale itself.  At… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing: A Foggy Dawn in the Morning Market

If there is one spot all the guides of Muang Sing say is a “must see”, it’s the town’s Morning Market.  To be perfectly honest, at that time, markets never interested me all that much.  However, they have since grown… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: 10th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Not long ago, less than ten years in fact, many of the local expats were calling Chongqing the Wild West of China.  Development was less than ideal, international residents were scarce and foreign-oriented establishments nearly impossible to find.  While not… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: Hong’en Temple Park

It was another one of what would be many grey mornings in the forthcoming Chongqing winter.  I had barely been in the city 2 weeks and had been too preoccupied to explore as much as I normally would.  On our… Continue Reading →

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