Christmas Letter 2012: A Year In Review

December 20, 2012 in Asia, Malaysia, Travelogue

Since I’m not sending a paper Christmas letter this year, I thought I’d post it to the blog. For the folks who are used to getting an envelope in the […]

5 Street Foods In Asia- by Hannah

September 5, 2012 in Asia, blog, Thailand, Travelogue, Vietnam

Southeast Asia is well known for being home to many different kinds of street foods. Some are relatively normal. Walking down a crowded street somewhere in an Asian city, you’re […]

A Descent Into Hell: The Killing Fields of Cambodia

August 9, 2012 in Asia, Cambodia, Travelogue

The air is warm and swirling in that way that only tropical air does. It smells of the  frangipani  blossoms that are littered like a carpet of wedding flowers through […]

Bill Gates is a Communist Collaborator: Misadventures on the Vietnam-Laos Border

August 1, 2012 in Asia, Laos, Travelogue, Vietnam

It’s never good to start a day with the realization that two iPods have been stolen. One from each hotel room. It’s even less good to have that realization on […]

Bunkers and Pagodas on the Perfume River (Hue, Vietnam): In Which Ezra Has a “Culturally Broadening Experience.”

July 31, 2012 in Asia, Travelogue, Vietnam

I’ll never again consider rice in the neutral palate of colours. My experience with the grain until now has been in it’s dead and nutritional form, dry and opaque in […]

Wherever I go, that’s where the party’s at! (by Hannah)

July 30, 2012 in Asia, Travelogue, Vietnam

Mopeds zoom past on all sides, going in every direction. Mom shrieks intermittently and squeezes her eyes tightly shut. Ezra is sitting bolt upright, staring with wide eyes as a […]

Flashbacks & Lightning on the Night Bus: Hanoi to Hue

July 28, 2012 in Asia, Travelogue, Vietnam

Every now and then the epic nature of our existence strikes me. The sheer wonder that we’ve coalesced out of parts of the universe to live and breathe for a […]

Life is short… Art is long.

July 27, 2012 in Asia, Travelogue, Vietnam

Have I mentioned that Hanoi is hot? We’ve sweat more in the past two days than perhaps in our entire lives to this point combined. Rivers of salt water run […]

Perfumed Pagoda: A Photo Essay

July 26, 2012 in Asia, Travelogue, Vietnam

The creak and pull of oars is a sound that settles my soul. Perhaps it is because I grew up in boats. Perhaps it’s just the ceaseless rhythm that beats […]

Mental Wanderings of the Streets of Hanoi or: Elisha’s Communist Birthday

July 25, 2012 in Asia, Travelogue, Vietnam

  “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be […]