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Rio Dulce: A Lost Travelers Paradise?
Rio Dulce: A Lost Travelers Paradise?

After spending the night in Semuc Champey we decided to hit the road to Tikal. Little did we know we would get lost in the back country of Guatemala. After finding our way with the help of friendly locals and potential hitchhikers we realized Rio Dulce was a better option for the day From Lanquin, […]

Nature’s Playground: Semuc Champey
Nature's Playground: Semuc Champey

Our first planned stop in Guatemala was Semuc Champey, a series of pools on the Cahabon river. The draw was its beauty. More than its aesthetic appeal, what made Semuc one of our favorite parts of the trip was playing in the water. Law and Chelsea particularly enjoyed sitting on the falls and swimming around […]

Mother’s Love
Mother's Love

Preparing for Guatemala was a fascinating experience.  As a last minute packer it was difficult to ready my bag, clean out the apartment, and clean out the classroom in time to leave.  One constant was genuine concern from family, friends, and coworkers.  The first thing most people worried about was the destination of our trip: […]

Swingers bar? Utopia in the forest.
Swingers bar? Utopia in the forest.

After a long trek in the Guatemalan forest we found a great hostel to stay at; it was appropriately called “Utopia.” People talk about taking the road less traveled or how the journey matters more than the destination; I can tell you that after an arduous journey through the jungle the destination matters. We initially […]

The “Firsts” Start in… Pennsylvania?
The "Firsts" Start in... Pennsylvania?

On the updated “About” page, I noted that the crew that headed down to Guatemala was “ridiculously untraveled.” It has been, and will continue to be, a trip of many firsts. The first “first” of the trip for two of the most American people I know? A Big Mac. Not kidding.  Of course, they loved […]

“Wow, This Really Makes You Feel Like the Guys in Vietnam.”
"Wow, This Really Makes You Feel Like the Guys in Vietnam."

After landing in Guatemala City we picked up an SUV from Dollar Rent a Car to serve as our mode of transportation here in Guatemala. It took forever to get out of the city, but once we did we were treated with some beautiful countryside. Law Dog, who has never been out of North America, […]

“Guatemala… Are You Going on a Service Trip?”
"Guatemala... Are You Going on a Service Trip?"

Of course we aren’t going on a service trip, though it looks like every other American in Guatemala is. Even such, I like to think we are a generous bunch. That’s why when we encountered a gaggle of children selling chocolate  to earn a couple quetzales outside Semuc Chumpey, we made sure to really spread […]

Lak Lake – Vietnam
Lak Lake - Vietnam

North of Dalat in Vietnam’s central highlands, just before the start of the Ho Chi Minh trail, rests Lak Lake. I saw it on the map while scouting a route to continue on the bike – a small blue circle surrounded by little wood house figures that represented minority villages. Most people I had talked […]

Hanoi
Hanoi

I’m not sure where to start with this one. Hanoi was a complete shock to the senses. As soon as I stepped off the bus I was surrounded by smells, noise, and people. The city is not for the claustrophobic and after talking to several travellers, definitely a love it or hate it type of […]

Riding Out Vietnam: Week 2
Riding Out Vietnam: Week 2

Day 9: Kham Duc – Hoi An – The ride this day was absolutely beautiful as the road twisted and turned through mountain villages and dense jungle. A brief coffee break turned into a monkey raping a cat (short video clip soon) and 10 am beer with locals, which then turned into yet another Vietnamese […]

Hoi An – Vietnam
Hoi An - Vietnam

I guess with everything, rolling into a city with high expectation is a bad call, but given the prestige that surrounds Hoi An, I couldn’t help it. Labeled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 for being a well preserved ancient town settled along the ocean coupled with rave reviews from family members, […]

Riding Out Vietnam: Week 1
Riding Out Vietnam: Week 1

I’ve begun the motorcycle ‘riding out’ of Vietnam. It took awhile to get started but after shopping around Saigon, I finally found a deal that fit the budget and will most likely not cost anything extra as far as fixing it along the way. So I introduce to you the Honda four-stroke I’ve labeled Yori. […]

Saigon
Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Siagon, rests in southern Vietnam and is home to almost 10 million people. What sticks out the most is the traffic. Upon arrival, visitors are confronted with a cacophony of noise and two wheeled bustle. Siagon runs on motorcycles. Bangkok’s streets seem like a strictly guarded child compared […]

Capital Feel-Bad
Capital Feel-Bad

It’s a usually a good thing when you can point your finger at exactly what is making you feel so poorly. Oh that 7-Eleven tuna sandwich/fight with the ex/automatic weapon withdrawal. But when you are surrounded by what is turning your stomach and breathing it in, I assure you, it is not as good a […]

First Impressions Angkor Wat
First Impressions Angkor Wat

After a year of waiting, my shoes finally reached the jungles of Cambodia and the world famous Angkor Wat. Everyone who made the trip in the past year boasted of its charms and grandeur, something I brushed off, waiting patiently for the day I would finally be able to play Lara Croft and short-short my […]

‘What up Mon?’
'What up Mon?'

After finishing up midterms, Cengiz and I were free for a long four day weekend. From Bangkok, there is basically one major road going West and since we hadn’t gotten further than Kanchanburi, there was little reason not to head toward Burma and see what we could dig up. After sitting in traffic for a […]

Must Eat: Thailand
Must Eat: Thailand

Here is the first section of foods everyone needs to try when traveling through Thailand. Now I understand they might be misspelled and might not all be Thai, and hell, they might even have the wrong names, but does that really matter? It’s Thailand. Point and Smile. The first set of Must Eat: Thailand –‘things […]

Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park

For the 4th of July I headed east to Khao Yai National Park which, like Kanchanaburi, is so close to Bangkok there are few reasonable excuses why it took this long to visit. Like many previous weekend trips, it included no planning. And by no planning I mean, I picked where I was going when […]

Kanchanaburi and the Bridge over the River Kwai
Kanchanaburi and the Bridge over the River Kwai

I can’t believe it took 8 months for Cengiz and I to finally hop on the “Death Railway” and get to Kanchanaburi. You would think that with our affinity for trains and WWII and our two brains that tend to sensationalize things (like very cool names), we would have made it one of our first […]

Lopburi
Lopburi

When you hear stories of monkeys boarding Thailand’s trains in Lopburi to take day trips, it’s impossible to stifle a laugh. But, it’s not a n urban legend told in jest; it’s a tribute to the bold and resourceful macaques that inhabit the city. Lopburi has no problem giving the monkeys credit, holding a festival […]

Koh Tarutao National Park
Koh Tarutao National Park

There is a long tradition of ‘getting off the path’ and literally finding your own paradise in Thailand (see Alex Garland’s “The Beach”). Exhausted from out first semester teaching in Thailand, Cengiz and I tried to do just that. We were planning on going South all semester since the beautiful, southern, white sand beaches are […]

Mae Hong Son Loop – Doi Ithonon National Park
Mae Hong Son Loop – Doi Ithonon National Park

After the white-sand camping at Tarutao National Park and the caves and waterfalls of Trang, the highlight of March was the visit of my old friend Hannah and our adventure on the Mae Hong Son Loop. (check out her nonprofit the Kenya School Libraries Program) The day began early with a coffee and a motorbike […]

An End To Episodes
An End To Episodes

If you have been following along, you already know about Songkran- Thai new year and the world’s largest water fight. Well, in an attempt to document one of the highlights of South East Asia, we drowned the flip. Yes, our 200$ wunderkind, the third musketeer, and team stenographer has passed on. We are looking into […]

Happy New Year from Laos
Happy New Year from Laos

Laos, like Thailand and Myanmar, celebrates the new years during the second week of April. It’s the hottest time of the year in Southeast Asia and to help relax in the heat, the week-long event has become a giant water-fight. Super-soakers are sold on street corners and hoses are pointed at the road: hopefully a […]