GorepartY's Guestbook



28th August 2015

Same Same but different!
Love your thought provoking blogs and astute observations and comments. Oh-- and once again, great photos.
1st September 2015

Thank you so much, happy to hear that!
28th August 2015
Battambang

Thanks for the warning!
I thought perhaps it was a language barrier that kept everyone segregated, but it sounds deeper than that. That you stayed in those backpacker areas even with your Vietnamese girlfriend is a big indication of the problem we seekers of the 'authentic' would find. And as a connoisseur of street food, but fortunately a vegetarian, I'd hope that the veggie and fruit offerings wouldn't be so awful (nightmarish images you provided). Wow--pretty far from your sojourn in Texas, eh?
1st September 2015
Battambang

Seems to be mainly culture though! Thanks for reading 😊
27th August 2015

I love these analytical blogs...
trying to understand who we are as travelers.
2nd May 2015

South Korea
We hate being sick on the road. Hope you are feeling better. I've always wanted to go to Korea so your impressions and perspectives are appreciated. Eager to hear more.
21st April 2015
Gyeongju

Foodies
Always love the food photos. This looks fantastic.
21st April 2015

Life is about Discovery
Sounds like Jeju redeemed itself after the boat ride.
21st March 2015
Hue

Hue
We were in Hue in 2007 during the floods. We had a great time visiting. Wish it had been a little warmer but we met very nice people and learned a great deal about the area. Thanks for the memories.
25th March 2015
Hue

Hue
Yes I spent 1,5 year there... good times :) Happy you like it
14th February 2015

PH.D coming
Farewell to the U.S. for now but I'm sure you will be back. Somehow with all our faults we can grow on you. Sounds like you have a bright future ahead. Good luck finishing the PH.S You've found samples of American culture which is varied across the nation. Thank you for taking the time to see more than the major cities. Thanks for taking time to know and understand the people. We are quirky but we mean well and are nice. Don't mess with Texas. Happy travels.
14th February 2015
New York

Good-by America!
I love hearing what others think of my country, though Texas seems as foreign to me as it did to you. I so agree that many of our ways are so bizarre--the giant stores and many choices of cheap, unhealthy, packaged goods overwhelm me, the drive-throughs are so bizarre, (I love taking foreign visitors through them), and our individualism will be our downfall (lack of universal health care of free uni education). But, like you, I think the people are generally pretty open and friendly, and I'm glad you're feeling a bit bitter-sweet in leaving. Best wishes with you Ph.D and your next move!
8th January 2015

Survival without credit
Wow, that is an ugly story. In this day and age you'd think we could electronically prove who we are to these banks. There intent is to protect but... Glad you enjoyed NYC and D.C. Both great cities but very different.
11th December 2014

Squeezing your brain
As always we enjoyed your well thought out and composed blog. As you said one needs to be true to themselves. We believe no one kind of travel is "good" or "better" than another. People who leave home should be applauded for taking a step. Each of us having different lessons to learn and adventures to have. On occasion I hear bloggers spouting about this kind of travel or that....and share a feeling that "their" kind of travel is the best or the only kind. Not so in our opinion. We agree it should be personal. But I will say I've worked with people who go on the herded trips and have a great time. I don't go in for those but won't judge. They always seem to be having a great time. Glad you found Guanajuato Mexico sounds perfect.
11th December 2014

Very well said! It's about what works for the individual and it shouldn't be biased by peer pressure! Thanks for reading!!
9th December 2014

Theory Meets Travel
But can we ever escape the influences and confines of our culture and our experience? Even our definition(s) of "true" and "authentic" have been shaped the philosophers we've read (or haven't). As we break out on "our own" we are doing say in the way our particular circumstances define as "breaking out," which is, as you suggest, why at some level the anti-conformity of backpacking culture begins to confirm to its own norm. Of course, those aware of that conformity then also begin to cluster into recognizable patterns, citing the same theorists in their blogs and ever on the brink of an existential crisis in their travels ;) That some see the beach as "relaxing" as opposed to "barren," that climbing a mountain provides us with a sense of accomplishment as opposed to meaningless energy expenditure, that chatting solely with fellow travelers and barmaids could be seen as a less 'real' experience than speaking with strangers on the street - these activities and places do not have qualities inherent to them - we bring those qualities with us, and the valuation we bring is not ours alone, but those of the social group we belong to, or aspire to belong to. Certainly, travel allows us to see ourselves in a different way, and to learn things about ourselves of which were previously unaware (that perhaps those close to us already knew). But I suggest we are no closer to truly being as to suggest that we were formerly being falsely. Thanks for the thought-provoking blog! Will enjoy reading and thinking about your travels and musings.
9th December 2014

Thanks for jumping in :)
Wow this blog is taking a whole new turn haha. I was worried to start with this but why not get our brains squeezed a little. Ok so lets see what I have to add. I guess this all has to do with how we define existential authenticity. Does it even exist? No idea, if I would know I wouldn't write stuff on this blog, haha. I do believe that some people can experience this, but I also believe that the majority of people can not. I also believe that the concept is definitely different for every individual and that it is hard to generalize. According to me anyhow, travel can help with this because by isolating oneself from our daily surroundings we have more time to look inwards and understand who we are and where we come from. We might also understand where we really want to go. It is a feeling of inner peace and acceptance for me. This is my understanding of existential authenticity. Now, the proving I was raising is that the existential question of being authentic has been transformed in a mass culture which, with a little arrogance, assumes to be more understanding of and true to the culture of travel. The few things which are commonly accepted about existential authenticity are anyhow that (1) it should be personal, (2) it should not be influenced by a herd mentality and it should be a balance between (not a rejection of) our ego and our facticities which, again, are subjective. So the few things which I understand about existential autenticity are totally missunderstood, although propagated, by backpacker culture. Wow :) Thanks for this discussion@
7th December 2014

"Distances in America are something else"
it is difficult to explain to people how big the country is. Everyone always thinks they get it but until they've driven across as you have it is hard to understand. Glad you made it back to Texas safely. You'll love Mexico! Eager for the next blogs.
23rd November 2014

Cheyenne
In 1995 we leave and worked in Cheyenne for 3 months. We were living in a garden apartment and when we woke up on Sept. 20 we could not see out the windows. Sorry you didn't get to experience a white out. The northern part of the state is much prettier. Wyoming has lots of hot springs. Too bad you didn't have time to stop and soak. You've really seen a lot of beautiful country. Will be interested to read a summary blog at the end of your time in the U.S. to see what your final impressions are. Hopefully, you'll get back to the warm and sunny Houston sooner than later.
22nd November 2014
Salt Lake City to Cheyenne

Cowboys and recreation shops!
You once said you wanted to see our wide-open spaces, so hey, you went to the right places, and on the plains going home, you'll find lots more. Congrats! Glad you made it through the snow and cowboys and found a fine reward in Denver. And good to know that "Freedom tastes like guacamole--who'd have guessed?
23rd November 2014
Salt Lake City to Cheyenne

Thanks
Yes lots of spaces, I like them but sometimes they make you feel lost! This is crazy!
20th November 2014
Las Vegas to Salt Lake City

Raw Beauty
I'm thrilled you are experiencing great American highways, countryside, and raw beauty in the off season. I love the early hours of the days driving the highways as the sun rises. it is amazing in that part of the country. Glad you had a personal discovery. You just never know what you will find when traveling.
23rd November 2014
Las Vegas to Salt Lake City

Thanks
Yes it all about the discovery... And I am getting lots of them lately!
19th November 2014

Raising Arizona
The media can run amuck. El Paso may not be full of drug lords but its an ugly little town with not much going on. You are putting a lot of miles on the U.S. highways. Enjoy
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