We woke up in the Carlton Hotel in Tralee at a reasonable hour and went downstairs for the complimentary breakfast. I had some cereal, a selection of fruit and a fat, watery sausage, and Rebecca had access to gluten-free toast with yogurt and fruit. She was in down spirits: something about the struggle to arrange … Continue reading Ross Castle at Killarney
April 6 was our long day of travel, flying along with the sun for a 36-hour commute, all told, only to end up in the Minneapolis St. Paul Int'l Airport on the same day we left the Ngurah Rai Int'l Airport in Denpasar. Technically. The day before was our third wedding anniversary, and the day … Continue reading Narita, High Noon
This morning it was my turn to lead the sightseeing, to check the maps and lead us around to interesting places.
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.