dem doggone bloggin’ blues …

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34 and counting …

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Married 34 years .. started with an airplane ride and banana splits at Loard’s Ice Cream in Livermore, California!

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Thailandia …

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We’re in Thailand for three weeks before heading to Malaysia and Singapore, the end of our seven weeks in southeast Asia. When we’re not snorkeling, I’m really enjoying Daniel Silva’s ‘The Kill Artist’. Three more Silva thrillers in the Kindle queue. Imagine, sitting here on Koh Tao island in Thailand with access to books-on-demand via Amazon’s Whispersync.

A few more days on the island of Koh Tao then we take the jet-catamaran to Koh Samui for a week-long stay. More snorkeling and scooter rentals, Thai cuisine, and of course .. sunburn!

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flying with gibbons …

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zip-lining thru Cambodia … together

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anchored in Angkor …

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Flew from Saigon to Siem Reap, Cambodia to tour Angkor Wat and environs.
The circus tonight and zip-lining through the jungle tomorrow before heading to Bangkok.
Absolutely amazing sites and sights …

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Sapa sunrise …

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What I thought was an auspicious beginning to our day, may have simply been a high-energy laser experiment from across the border. We are just miles from China after a treacherous six-hour bus ride from Hanoi.

Next .. overnight trains to Hue and Da Nang, and then a week on the beach at Hoi An.

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Hanoi – taking it to the streets …

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We’re trishawin’ thru Hanoi’s Old Quarter on the lookout for that most bodacious Pho noodle soup.

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eating Vietnam …

Hanoi market

Hanoi market

18.5 hours

Portland -> Tokyo -> Hanoi

We sold our sailboat five years ago, abandoning the cruising dream that had diminished its lustre over the years. Grandkids came along, concerns about piracy, and well .. it seemed we could see much more of the world on less money by doing what we are doing now.

With Paris as our base camp, in five years we have visited more than twenty countries. This Summer we are in SouthEast Asia, focusing on food and culture. We will travel to Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

We miss the sailing … but not the maintenance.

No regrets … Tạm biệt

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