Monthly Archives: August 2007

2007- Entry 9: Home Again– Homeland Security Confiscated My Migal Items!

Only joking-Homeland Security didn’t know what  “migal” meant, either! Home at last,….  happily to cheaper gas prices.. unhappily in that I had anticipated higher prices, os I filled it up before I left at $3.09 per gallon. That is why … Continue reading

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2007- Entry 8: Thailand and the Finale!

I returned last week from Vietnam to the “Big Mango.” I’ve been keeping busy with meeting friends and had a reunion with some of my former students. This year was casual and small. A lot of people are away this … Continue reading

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2007- Entry 7: Hue to Hanoi > Sapa> Halong Bay

I really didn’t know what to expect when I got on the day train for Hanoi. I guess I thought I’d go into a nice compartment with seats for six. What greeted me was a compartment crammed with at least … Continue reading

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2007- Entry 6: Hue to Hanoi, Vietnam

OMG! I got back from dinner and turned on the TV….. “Vietnam Idol” was on! Is there NO escape? It was pretty bad no matter what language you sing in! The bus from Savanakhet, Laos left (surprisingly) on time. It … Continue reading

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2007- Entry 5: Savanakhet, Laos

I’ve woken from my nap. I’m feeling groggy, but I can’t decide if it is due to lack of sleep thanks to the long overnight bus ride to get here; the heat of the day and walking all over the … Continue reading

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2007- Entry 4: Nan and Chaleupan

As the bus winds its way through the hills north of Phrae, small flashes of distant memories arise in me— a distinctive hill top here, an ancient temple there, a particularly sharp curve just experienced. All come to me bathed … Continue reading

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2007- Entry 3: Chieng Mai and the North

Can’t believe that it has already been a week that I have been cruising up here. I started out in Hualongphong Railway Station in Bangkok last Wednesday night. I was passing the time reading Al Gore’s new book, The Assault … Continue reading

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