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Bhutan

I give my life a 10.

During a recent round of physicals (to make sure I don’t fall over dead on work property), one of the doctors asked how I would rank my life.

A 10.

“Really,” he said, “are you sure? It’s not often I hear that from people.”

“I’m sure,” I said. “A 10.”

To which he responded, “Maybe you should go to Bhutan. Aren’t they all happy there, too?”

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2016

So, apparently, social media believes 2016 sucked.

Well, I guess it’s all what you make of it.

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Vietnam

What can actually be carried on a motorbike (moto)?

 

Here’s a handful of favorite things we saw being transported on moto in Vietnam:

 

  1. Kumquat trees. 10-feet+ high, and in full bloom.
  2. A 30-year-old TV set. Maybe you’ve forgotten the size of pre-flat screen TVs? HUGE.
  3. A fish tank. With fish. And an operating motor.
  4. Giant pane of glass. Think picture-window size.
  5. Yes, a refrigerator.
  6. Families of five or six. Families of four? Commonplace. Families of five or more are the only one’s photo-worthy.

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Cambodia

Cambodia is known distinctly for two very different reasons:  Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields.

 

The former brought us here.  The latter taught us about the incredible Khmer people.

 

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Burma. Or Myanmar?

Burma

Or Myanmar?

The first ones to the party.

 

I’m usually up for anything he throws at me.  Moscow and the Black Sea?  Sure, fascinating and interesting.  China?   Absolutely.  India? Yes, incredible.

 

Burma?  I have to say, I didn’t jump up and down over that one.

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