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One River, Two Countries, Countless Adventures: Cambodia and Vietnam, Classical Pursuits-Style

One River, Two Countries, Countless Adventures: Cambodia and Vietnam, Classical Pursuits-Style

When you think of Cambodia or Vietnam, what comes to mind? Perhaps the majesty of Angkor Wat or the lushness of the Mekong delta. You may picture the narrow tunnels used in the Tet Offensive or the stupas and shallow craters of the mass graves of the Killing Fields. Less […]

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TRAVEL PURSUITS – Award-winning photos from the Camino and Vietnam/Cambodia

TRAVEL PURSUITS – Award-winning photos from the Camino and Vietnam/Cambodia

Drum roll please…. Let’s hear a big round of applause for Betty Duggan, Merlene McAlevy and Victor Levin (yes, Victor, again.) CAMINO Betty Duggan took this photo in a small Galician village, several days outside of Santiago de Compostela. Lorna Romilly takes a break with our terrific guide, Jason Preater, […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Early reflections on Vietnam and Cambodia, pt. 1 of 2

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Early reflections on Vietnam and Cambodia, pt. 1 of 2

Our last days in Cambodia were packed with magnificent and mysterious Angkor temples and local culture. Heat and humidity sapped my remaining energy, so I am now composing a final post from the comfort of home. Click on thumbnail images to enlarge. CAVEAT: Please understand that a trip of several […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Early reflections on Vietnam and Cambodia, pt. 2 of 2

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Early reflections on Vietnam and Cambodia, pt. 2 of 2

Click here to see pt. 1 of this post. And double click on images to enlarge. Ingenuity – People in poorer countries have, of necessity, highly developed ingenuity to use what’s at hand for multiple purposes. We saw many examples in both countries, none perhaps more impressive than the traditional […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Cambodia and a loss of words

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Cambodia and a loss of words

Tra is not his real name, but it is what we call our Cambodian guide for the sake of simplicity. If you are unaware of the name Pol Pot and the unspeakable atrocities he committed in the name of the Khmer Rouge between 1975-78, you may want to Google it. […]

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GUEST BLOG – Gary Schoepfel from the Mekong

When I travel I sometimes forget my ears. I venture out with camera in hand and eyes wide open.  I search for the perfect photo op: that traffic stopping almond-eyed girl, the perfect sunset or moon rise, the Buddhist monk wrapped in mysterious yellow-orange, the twilight mountain silhouette, or that […]

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GUEST BLOG – Colin Campbell, from Toronto, tries to understand Vietnamese communism

GUEST BLOG – Colin Campbell, from Toronto, tries to understand Vietnamese communism

Trying to explain Vietnam in a few sentences is like trying to complete a large abstract motif jigsaw puzzle in one quick setting. There is no one quick way and understanding comes from many discussions with both locals and fellow travellers. There is no one way of understanding, and things […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – The Mekong at night

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – The Mekong at night

It is cocktail hour on the ‘sun deck’ of the RV Bassac Pandaw. It it pitch black outside and we are on a narrow portion of the river. The warm and humid breeze is strong and luscious. We can see the occasional electric light or fire on shore and hear […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Scenes from Saigon

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN –  Scenes from Saigon

This is the Chinatown of Saigon and the primary setting of  “The Headmaster’s Wager” by Vincent Lam, the book were ‘advised’ not to bring with us. We can picture the Percival Chen English Academy operating right here. These children are almost certainly ethnic Chinese and students in a private school […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Final thoughts from Vietnam

We are in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and have been on the Mekong River for the past few days, without Internet. Before thinking about what we are experiencing in Cambodia, I want to offer a few more reflections on Vietnam. We are discussing short stories written by Vietnamese writers. They are […]

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