Well Cared For

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Jan 172017

My roommate Greg kindly agreed to drive me to the airport for my flight. Although I had ambitions of leaving home by 8:00AM — wait, why are you laughing? — true to form, with so much to pack in so little space, not unsurprisingly, our actual departure was much later. As I rolled my bags toward the counter and spotted the self-check-in machines, I suddenly remembered what I had forgotten to pack. It wasn’t the mask, snorkel, or fins, six (!) cameras, their chargers, or innumerable batteries. It was the one thing you most need for an international trip, and I don’t mean clean underwear (although, at that point, it might have been welcome). Call an Uber: I forgot my passport! Continue reading »

Southern Exposure

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Jan 152017

Gearing up for my sixth trip to Southern Thailand, I have to wonder whether I have anything fresh to say about the islands and reefs of the Andaman Sea, the delicious (and sometimes adventurous) food we find in restaurants and markets, visits to museums and temples, crafts and other shopping temptations, and the numerous quirks of traveling in a country so different from our own. The itinerary combines destinations from several of my trips: Continue reading »