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Oceania » Australia April 25th 2006

Bite Size Stories of this Huge Country Kangaroo (Cannes): Haven’t seen any in the wild, but ate one last night. Not bad, not gamey like I thought it would be. But I still prefer beef. $24 Drink (Cannes): In Australia they think Smirnoff is good Vodka. I disagree. This is why I ordered an Absolute Red Bull. But when I was handed the drink it was green and looked like a science experiment gone bad. I thought it must just be the black light, so I handed the girl behind the bar $6 and grabbed the drink. She laughed at me and said, “no, that will be $24” What? Why? What is this? which she replied “Absinthe, vodka, and Red Bull” Great! It was the most expensive, disgusting drink I have ever drank in my life. ... read more
Indian Head
Main Highway
Forest from the Sand

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Kings Cross April 23rd 2006

Anti American Idiots - So I guess that could mean two different things, depending on how you read it. It could mean that someone is against American Idiots, people who live in America but do not educate themselves on what their government is doing or how the actions of the US affect the world. Or, it could mean that someone is ‘anti-American’, but they themselves are idiots. I believe there exists too many of both these type of people…but right now I want to talk about the latter. I am staying in a real seedy part of Sydney. An area called Kings Cross, which is a mixture of the Tenderloin and Haight areas of San Francisco. The reason I am in this area is because this is where all the hostels are. It’s the only place ... read more
Opera House
Harbor Bridge
Kings Cross

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns April 13th 2006

Homesick for Asia So let me start with the negative, because then I can finish this off with some of the amazing things that have been going on. Negative #1 - I am hemorrhaging money here in Australia. I am spending more in a day than I would spend in a week in Asia; to be honest it’s even more than that. I am not getting anything more for my money either. I am eating shit like McDonalds for food and am seeing and doing less. Then there’s the sleeping situation, which brings us to… Negative #2 - Dorm living. I can’t stand it. I feel suffocated. As I write this, there is an Irish girl in a bed across the room. I don’t know her…we have said 10 words to each other, yet here we ... read more
The Reef
Kangaroo Explorer

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne April 6th 2006

I wake up every morning around 11:00 and walk into the kitchen and pour myself a bowl of Cocoa Puffs, sit down in front of the computer to catch up on e-mails and gossip, then turn on CNN to see what’s going on. Man, it is so weird being back in the western world. Being in a house in a neighborhood with all the amenities. I think I ma having some kind of reverse culture shock. But I can’t help but love it. It’s been extremely relaxing here. Not having to pack up and move on every couple days. My daily routine here in Boronia is to get up in the morning, have some breakfast, play with Sophie (Neal’s dog), surf the net, watch some TV, read a little…and wait for Neal to get off work ... read more
Boronia Park

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur April 1st 2006

OK, I know you’re probably getting sick of me by now…bloging every other day…but I am feeling a little homesick at the moment and have about 5 hours to kill in the Kuala Lumpur airport here in Malaysia. I am on my way to Australia and it’s going to be a long journey. I arrived in Malaysia a bit ago, and it’s really nasty outside. Big black clouds in the sky that look ready to burst. It’s dark even though it’s the middle of the day. This sounds depressing, but it’s actually really comforting. I didn’t realize until now how much I have missed winter this year. It’s pretty much been hot and humid everywhere I have been…and even those places where it did rain, it never felt like winter. So anyway, I went and did ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 29th 2006

I am writing this in the newly remodeled Phnom Penh airport in Cambodia’s capital city, and I have to say I have never seen an airport that is less representative of the city in which it was built. This airport, which was looted and destroyed in the coup just a few years ago, is now nicer and more modern than most airports in the States. As I sit here in big, comfy lounge chairs drinking a $2USD bottle water (which I would have paid 20 cents for just across the street from a woman on the corner) and a $4 Panini (about the price of a steak down the road), I am watching big Philips plasma televisions broadcasting tourist sites around the country. The marble floors in the bookstore must have cost more to put in ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh March 23rd 2006

This is a story about the extremely violent mass murder of millions of men, women, and children...just a warning. Cambodia was a French colony until King Sihanouk declared independence in 1953. Sihanouk was very popular in the beginning and went on to create a socialist state, and around the same time cut ties with the US. This was a time when you were either on the side of North Vietnam and China…or the South Vietnam and the US. But his form of socialism was not very popular with the Khmer (Cambodian) people and the US-backed, anti-communist, Lon Nol, ousted him in 1970. From exile in China, Sihanouk formed a revolutionary group to go against Lon Nol. He called this group the Khmer Rouge. As the war in Vietnam started finding it’s way across the border into ... read more
The Memorial
Mass Grave
The Killing Tree

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 21st 2006

As soon as I landed in Siem Reap I was reminded of the Dead Kennedy’s song from the 80’s. The song that pretty much said Cambodia was the last place on Earth you would come for holiday…and now, just 20 years later, the road to Siem Reap is lined with gigantic resort-style hotels for the wealthy tourists (mostly from Korea) who flock here all year round. It has been a dream of mine for quite some time to come to Cambodia to learn more about the atrocities that went on here not so long ago, but even more than that, to visit the temples of Angkor. It has lived up to my expectations. I left Saigon a few days ago, which is not a place I needed to spend too much time in. It was actually ... read more
Ta Nei
Ta Nei

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang March 15th 2006

I got my hair cut by a hooker the other day. I don’t know why I always end up with interesting haircut stories when I travel. I walk into this “barbershop” and there are 5 girls sitting around. They probably ranged in age from 17-25. They were all very, very cute…and extraordinary friendly. I said I needed a trim, and so one of them sat me down and started cutting my hair. In the mirror that I was facing I could see the other girls trying to catch my eye and smile and giggle. After about 5 minutes another girl comes out of the back room, followed by a 60-year-old western man. He saw me and immediately shifted his eyes away and rushed out of the building. This was my first clue. Then about 5 minutes ... read more
Nha Trang Beach
Nha Trang Islands
Good Morning Vietnam

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An March 7th 2006

I grew up in a generation that produced many movies about the Vietnam War…Platoon, Apocalypse Now, The Deerhunter, Born of the 4th of July, The Quiet American…maybe I just wasn’t paying attention, but these movies left questions unanswered. Exactly why we were in Vietnam, what the difference was between the Viet Cong and Viet Minh, why were the Vietnamese fighting each other, why did we extend into Laos and Cambodia, and why was the war so much more unpopular than the wars that came before? Well, I think I have the answers to a lot of these questions now…and this is my summary of how I understand it. If you already know all this…as I’m sure a lot of you do…you can skip this blog. Before WWII Vietnam was a part of French Indochina. During ... read more
Khe Sanh Combat Base
Khe Sanh Combat Base

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