Cambodia

Eating in Southeast Asia: The Most Memorable Foods I Tried

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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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When in Vietnam…

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“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? It’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac There are some countries you leave with indifference. In […]

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How to Make the Most of Two Days in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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1. Arrive in Sihanoukville during a tropical rainstorm.  Ride it out in your guesthouse’s cafe. When the storm passes, take a walk to the beach and immediately see that your guidebook wasn’t fully honest when describing the scene in Sihanoukville. Beaches that were described as “sandy” and “happening” for lack of better euphemistic words should […]

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On Feeling History in Phnom Penh

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I hadn’t really wanted to go to Phnom Penh as much as I felt compelled to go. Like many other visitors, exploring Cambodia’s recent history was the main reason why I thought it was important to stop in the capital city. As a young child when I was unable to grasp the complexities of the […]

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Photo Essay: Sunrise to Sunset at the Temples of Angkor

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As the sun rose, I noticed that the pictures hadn’t really told the story. They didn’t explain how watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat meant arriving in the dark, completely unaware of the temples nearby, hidden in the darkness. They didn’t tell of someone selling sunrise viewings from an air balloon and how tempting it […]

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My Almost Dangerous Encounters with Animals Abroad

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Me and a crocodile in Bolivia

When you travel, everyone’s constantly warning you about the people you might encounter. What they don’t tell you is that you’ll eventually interact with other species in ways you weren’t expecting; that lush tropical foliage can harbor bugs that are bigger and more fierce than anything you could’ve imagined and in seemingly urban environments, the […]

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The Art of Squatting: A Guide to Using Squat Toilets

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I remember the beginning of my first squat toilet experience vividly. I was 17 and visiting Ghana for the first time in 15 years. Ghanaians love formalities, and because we’d been away for so long as a family, there were many welcome home rituals to take care of. A trip to my mom’s home village […]

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