We bused into Kuala Lumpur shortly before 5am and scrambled to find a place to stay.
We did it, we heaved our massive capitalistic bulk into donation or trash, we got all shot up with inoculations (we're still paying for, btw), and we transplanted ourselves in SE Asia! The TESOL certification course at IALF Bali was fantastic: we made some great friends and contacts, worked hard, studied hard, and now we're … Continue reading Dispatch from Abroad
Today we woke up earlier than usual, and after all toilette and pleasantries were managed, we were on the street and operational by 9:30 a.m. This was pretty good of us, considering we would rather have laid snuggling inside a cold bungalow for another hour or so. But we had a sense of duty and … Continue reading Day Two in Nong Khiaw
We woke up extra early this morning, as Rebecca reiterated, to secure good seats on the slow boat down the river. She had done some research in the travel guides and keyed into the tip to sit as near the front as possible: the rear of the boat houses an enormous gas motor that incredibly … Continue reading Entering Lao PDR
After breakfast and as much tourism as we dared squeeze in, we hustled over to the bus terminal and (as it turned out) only barely caught the next bus to Chiang Khong. If we'd missed that bus, I'm not sure we could have caught another one that same day—the Chiang Khong district checkpoint was only … Continue reading Departure from Thailand
We woke up lazily but not so late that we'd miss breakfast. The mattress was firm and there were lots of sheets to curl up in or discard. The city view from our window wasn't so flattering to the urban landscape, not as much as it had been the night before. The first thing we … Continue reading Today We Explore Bangkok
Entering Bangkok is a dazzling, dizzying experience that promises so much.
I let myself marvel over our bungalow at Puri Wisnu this morning. It really was a lovely layout, with lots of exotic plants growing everywhere around the courtyard. I took a picture of Heliconia rostrata, known as "lobster claw" or "false bird of paradise." It's very striking from a distance, but when I got up close … Continue reading Goa Gajah and Yeh Puluh
We took some time to fill out the Customs forms for entering Indonesia and boarded the final two-hour flight to Denpasar. We were seated beside a rather twitchy guy with leathery skin, prominent cheekbones, and salt-and-pepper stubble over his scalp, dressed in a wrinkled sharkskin suit. My overactive imagination made up all sorts of stories … Continue reading We Arrive in Bali
It all worked out in the end, of course. All the stress was behind us, all the obstacles of troublesome airlines with deplorable customer service was left back in another nation. And if you believe that... After spending the night in the MSP airport, we arrived very early in San Francisco, too early for Red … Continue reading From SFO to Singapore