Laos

Photo Essay: Snapshots from Laos

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Laos slightly edged out Cambodia to become my favorite stop in Southeast Asia, but I didn’t take very many pictures there. As I was exploring the Pha That Luang stupa in Vientiane, my memory card gave up. I freaked out. Unsure of the fate of the hundreds of pictures I’d taken thus far, I had […]

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Letting Go in the Mist and Crossing a Border Into the Sun

Laos

In a struggle between curiosity and exhaustion, my desire to know where I am wins. I lift my heavy eyelids to see land that is saturated with the brilliant greens of flooded rice paddies and perfect rows of tea bushes that curve and climb up the mountainsides. Gray mist hugs the limestone karsts that jut […]

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Eating in Southeast Asia: The Most Memorable Foods I Tried

Cambodia

I don’t think there was one aha! moment where I transformed from a picky eater to a more open one, but travel certainly expedited the transition. Over time, I found that new worlds opened up to me when I tried unfamiliar foods and that food was often an entryway into the history and psyche of […]

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Songs for the Road No. 2: West Africa in Southeast Asia

Laos

Laos was my Southeast Asia savior. I am sure I will delve more into that story at a later point, but I’ll just say that traveling through the country of Vietnam was rough and I’d felt less than welcome there. When I crossed the border into Laos, the immediate mellowness and realness of it was […]

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