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A Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels

Plenty of writers like to call the Cu Chi Tunnels “an underground city.” But that’s just a facile throwaway phrase that trivializes nearly aspect of life in the Cu Chi Tunnels during a time of war. Out of every site I’ve visited in my travels so far, I rate this as the most thought-provoking ofContinue Reading

Thoughts on the North-South Divide in Vietnam

Ask people in Ho Chi Minh City, and they’ll sing you the same song about Hanoi in a multitude of keys and time signatures. “Hanoi is 15 years behind.” “You’ll feel like someone is watching you all the time.” “Watch out for the people. They cheat you.” “They’ll steal from you.” “They’re mean.” We evenContinue Reading

787 Dreamliner – My Travel Highlight of 2013

I usually get just one big international trip every year. So it seems too obvious to name my recent trip to Vietnam as my Best of 2013. I mean, that means my big trip would score the top spot every year. Alright, then – if we go beyond the trip to Vietnam, what’s my most-interestingContinue Reading

One Old Photo and an Avgeek Mystery -SOLVED

UPDATE: Consider this avgeek mystery solved. See the italicized text at the end for the thrilling conclusion. I have an aviation geek (avgeek, for short) mystery on my hands. It’s this photo. Believe it or not, that’s me. I’m pretty sure I’m 5 years old. I’m definitely making my first visit to Phoenix from Chicago.Continue Reading

Humanity Versus Hostility – Thoughts from a Jam-Packed Asian City

It’s a head-on collision in the making. Two fast-moving motorbikes, a mountainous road slick with rain. The riders see each other at the last second. They slam on the brakes, fishtail, come to a stop inches from each other. They smile, shrug, get back on their bikes and putter off. If this happened back inContinue Reading

Getting Around Vietnam – Tips and Observations

If I had any artistic skills, I’d draw a cartoon about trying to cross a street in Vietnam. It would show a skeleton in a Hawaiian shirt leaning against a street sign. Two locals would be next to it, and one would be saying “Looks like another tourist tried to wait for a break inContinue Reading

Travel in Vietnam – A Few Quick Thoughts

It’s been one week since I’ve returned from a two-week trip to Vietnam. Over the next few months, I’ll have a lot to share with you about what it’s like to travel in Vietnam. Obviously, a lot of people have asked “how was your trip?” It’s impossible to wrap this trip up with a sentenceContinue Reading

Iceland Soccer – Why I Want Them to Beat Croatia

People love underdogs like the Iceland soccer team. Hours ago, they wrapped up a scoreless draw against Croatia at its Laugardalsvöllur national football stadium. Even before the result, Iceland soccer has been getting all sorts of great press. If you’ve looked through this blog at all, you’ll know already that I love Iceland. And part ofContinue Reading

How I Found Good Flight Deals to Vietnam

Soon, I’ll be on my way to Southeast Asia. Part of the planning was finding flight deals to Vietnam. See how I did it, and how you can score your own deals,Continue Reading

Running Abroad – Our Travel Tradition

People travel to eat, to birdwatch, to lounge on beaches, even to skydive. But for my wife and me, running abroad has become a reason to travel. Continue Reading