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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 18th 2011

So I realized the last post was a bit heavy, so I thought I'd make this one about other parts of the culture, people, and life in general here. So, first off, this is only my second 3rd world country, and they are definitely not all alike. I know I'm not the only one to make this comment, so while generalizations are of course by definition... generalized =P Cambodians overall seem to be a very friendly and cheerful people! They tend to smile at you more often, they don't harrase you to buy things nearly as much as they did in India (and from what my friends have told me, Thailand or Vietnam), and I've really seem very few beggars in Siem Reap. While there's the same tendency to want to want to overcharge foreigners and ... read more
Carving on temple
Ta Prom tree roots

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 13th 2011

Siem Reap! So, I'm here in Cambodia, and figured since my travel blog in India seemed to go pretty well I might as well try it again here. If anyone doesn't want to keep getting notifications about these posts, just unsubscribe yourself and you won't be bothered again. (And don't worry, it's not like I get notified if you do, and honestly I wouldn't be insulted anyway =P ) So, 28 hrs after getting on my first plane, finally arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia! And, got incredibly lucky on the flight over - 3 seats to myself on BOTH the 14 hr flight between Detroit and Seoul, and on the 6 hr flight after from Seoul to Siem Reap!! What are the odds??? *And* my luggage arrived safe and sound! I was rather worried with the ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island February 21st 2009

Yay GALAPAGOS!! I can´t believe I'm actually here. It just seems like one of those places that you always go, yeah it'd be great some day but you never actually *go* you know? Ever since bio in sophomore year in high school this place has sounded awesome, and it's been pretty amazing to be here. Within 20 minutes of being here we were already seeing huge birds flying near our bus. Then we stopped at the canal and there was a heron just sitting there, completely uncaring about the fact that we were maybe 2 feet away. Then in the middle of the canal there was a seal happily sun-bathing away on a dingy! And that was just on the ride to our city! Within our city (Puerta Ayora, on Santa Cruz island for anyone who's ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North February 16th 2009

Finally! Back on the internet again. Ridiculously hard to get here. Anyway, so a LOT has happened since my last entry, including risking my life for rather questionable reasons 3 times in 3 days, or 4 times in 5 days... But first, for anyone who actually knows Ecuador and wanted to know where I actually was, we started off in Quito, went to Otavalo, then on to El Boliche (the forrest), then Chugchillan (where the Cloud Forrest was) to Quilotoa (the laguna), then off to Rio Bamba which is where I think I left off and where the story of the horny llama comes in (I know you were all waiting for me to get to that =P ). Anyway, so Rio Bamba, for being a pretty big and well known city, is pretty overall boring. ... read more
Cloud ring around the mountain
Cuy! (aka guinea pig)
Rolling farmland

South America » Ecuador » North February 2nd 2009

Yay South America! =) So yes, I'm in Ecuador. And I'm not sure how often I'll be able to do this travelblog, or how complete it'll really be considering my days are usually packed from 7 AM till about 9 PM at which point we all usually just pass out, but I'm going to try. So, quick impressions - first of all, Ecuador is *cold*!! Well, not like New England cold, maybe, but for someplace named for its location at the equador, you'd expect at least 80's in the summer, right? Unfortunately for my packing job, however, despite being at the equador Ecuador is also really high up, and so most days range from 50's to maybe low 70's. At least the Galapagos will be warm.... Second impression is that for whatever reason, there are roosters ... read more
Run run!
Multicolored tree

First of all, let me deeply apologize to everyone for my *horrendous* spelling and typing mistakes in all my blogs. My mom was so sweet and downloaded all my entries to print out and asked if I wanted to make any changes first, so I did a spellcheck and discovered am embarrassing number of horrible mistakes... sorry!! About half the mistakes were just typos, since I never wanted to spend the extra time/money to recheck my blogs, and half I'm sorry to say were due to my lack of spelling skills... Only "N" I ever got in elementary school was in second/first grade in spelling, and it still plagues me today! I blame spellcheck technology for my continued deficiency. ;P Thanks for putting up with it everyone, though. I've gone through and fixed the entries and ... read more
Not a sari but pretty Indian dress!

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur July 19th 2006

As far as I can tell, only in (northern?) India... do you find conglomerates of pedestrians, cars, trucks, auto-rickshaws, bicycle-rickshaws, camels, donkeys, horses, and cows all mixed together in a crowded flux through the streets... do people nominate slight accidents, traffic blocks, foreigners buying something loud or interesting in the streets, or basically anything even slightly out of the ordinary as spectacles worth crowding around and delegate themselves traffic cops, road workers, negotiators, spectators, or whatever else is called upon... do people carry objects four times their own size and probably their weight up steep hills or twisting mountain passes and call it part of everyday life... do gaggles of women and children climb and descend mountains that we foreigners climb in hiking boots carrying 2 liters of water, trail mix, and lunch... with flip-flops and ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala July 16th 2006

So.... apparently I'm Tibetan. Not exactly surprising considering how close China is to Tibet that I look "Tibetan," but it's pretty funny. Everyone here seems to be surprised I speak with an American accent, and when I tell them I'm from the US they go, "No, but where are you *really* from?" and when I simply say I'm from Taiwan they go, "Ok, but is that where you live now?" There's just no winning. Another amusing result of my new assumed identity is that everyone approaches me when we're in the store or in restaurants and mostly ignores Zara, while all the beggars immediately go to her for money and assume I'm just too hard-hearted (or maybe she looks more compassionate) to give! Oh well. So, been here for a couple of days and I simply ... read more
The Dalai Lama's monestary and residence
pre-sunrise monsoon in the Himalayas

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala July 14th 2006

Yay, another chance to the internet! I wasn't sure I'd be able to get around to it, but here we are again, and lots to update. Yes, India gets under your skin. Like one of those worms they kept warning us we could get here. =P Crawled right under there when I wasn't looking, and there it is. I like it here. I probably also especially like it better now that I've had a little Western-world break, having been at Maria's house for a couple of days. She's 1/2 Indian and 1/2 American (*gorgeous* skin mix by the way....) and visiting with her at her house is like a little bubble of Westernization in this sea of India. Arriving at her house I had "upside-down pizza" and home fries for lunch, she had cereal to offer ... read more
City Palace, and the Maharaja is in!

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Dehradun July 8th 2006

I feel like my last few blogs have been kinda whiny, sorry about that. Will try to not let that happen anymore. So, the Iridology with the Naturopathic doctor was interesting. She had already heard of the conditions Lisa was dealing with so I wasn't particularly impressed by anything she said about her, Elliot she didn't really get right, Ally she actually picked up on some things that I don't think Ally told her about but that I guess she got right, but as for mine she was completely off. I was wondering if she would pick up on my stomach issues, which she sort of glazed over as all of us having some issues since that's the source of most of the toxins that enter our body, she completely missed my neck and shoulder thing, ... read more

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