5 Day Getaway to Malaysia

After 6 straight months in Vietnam, and after, miraculously, receiving my residency visa, I was itching to get out of the country even for a short while. So when I met a traveller heading to Kuala Lumpur, and happened to have flexibility in my work schedule (5 days in a row off), I jumped at the opportunity. Malaysia was a country […]

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Thoughts on Bali

For the past few weeks, I’ve struggled with what to write about Bali. For whatever reason, I left the beautiful little island with mixed feelings. While undoubtedly a lovely place, I found it to be so overwhelmingly touristy, I had difficulty feeling like I could get to know the real Bali or it’s people. However, as I suspected, my memories of […]

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The Scoop on Phnom Penh

It turns out in addition to earning my TEFL, I learned a few things while I was in Phnom Penh … Getting around…. In Phnom Penh, you’ll have three main options for getting around. One is obvious–walk. When you put aside the stifling heat, the chaotic traffic, and the constant nagging of tour guides and tuk-tuk drivers, the city can […]

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12 Reasons Why Americans Should Backpack Through Mexico

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1. Because you’ll meet Mexicans of all backgrounds–not just the waiters, taxi drivers and those who work at your hotel. When you meet the locals who aren’t being paid to be nice to you; you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their pure kindness and hospitality. 2. Because you’ll eat the street food–instead of Italian, Mediterranean or the Americanized version so commonly found in […]

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Reflections on visiting Cuba

Though just an hour flight from Cancun, Havana could not be more different. Cancun with its long stretches of congested roads, plastered with billboards, lined with banks, restaurants, chintzy shops, tacky night clubs, and currency exchanges; high rise condos, apartment buildings and luxury hotels lining the horizon. An abundance of sex, booze and cement; a total lack of character. In […]

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