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May 2012

The ups and downs of Phong Nha Farmstay

Every once in a while, I surprise myself and willingly break away from beaches for a chilly, cloudy destination. Exploring Ke Bang National Park was one such adventure: renowned for having some of the oldest, largest caves in the world, the region...
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Postcard from the Imperial City of Hue

When I think of cities surrounded by walls and moats, I think France in the Middle Ages (i.e. Avignon).  I certainly don't think of 19th-century Vietnam. But the Imperial City of Hue was constructed in 1802, its ruin only amplified by American...
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The trip that started it all: Europe 2009

After graduating from college in May 2009, I spent five weeks backpacking through Europe (Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg, London, Munich, Freiberg, Interlaken, Nice) by myself. Although I’d spent a summer in Provence with family friends...
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Learning how to cook Vietnamese food in Hoi An

In my opinion, the best thing you can do in Vietnam is eat: I could live forever on prawn spring rolls, steaming bowls of pho and fresh-cut mango dipped in chili salt. After an awesome cooking class in Indonesia and learning how to make papaya salad...
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Playing the dating-while-traveling game

In the beginning, travel blogging is sexy. I tell guys I’m a freelance writer who speaks French, traveled through Asia by myself, lived in Australia and they’ll buy drinks just to listen to the stories. I’m deliberately vague about my future plans....
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Postcard from Central Highlands

The world is full of beautiful places, but Southeast Asia seems to have a monopoly on unspoiled landscapes. I've been awestruck by the jutting limestone cliffs of Railay, the sweeping white beaches and leaning palms of Phu Quoc, the stunning sunsets...
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Stagecoach 2012: cowboys, boots and beers

Despite growing up by a decidedly un-redneck family in the suburbs, I was raised on country music. Now my iTunes library is fairly eclectic with plenty of indie music, pop hits and underground hiphop, but it still has its share of classic and new...
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