A Brief Reflection on 2014

I’m so glad this year is over. No matter how lovely it has been to spend the last six weeks of it traveling. My year can be described, in one word, as heartbreaking. I lost people important to me. My former company suffered a setback, and I lost the pull that drew me to South Korea, lost…

Koh Rong: Cambodia’s Island Paradise Found

I felt like I had come to a place that instantly understood me when I stepped off the speed ferry and onto the beach at Koh Rong, one of the several dozen islands off the coast of southern Cambodia. I tore off my flip-flops, eager to feel warm sand beneath my toes, as I gazed upon…

Merry Christmas From On the Road

I’m writing this on the 4000 Islands in southern Laos. It must be one of those backpacking catch-22s that where there’s fast Wi-Fi, you’ll be too busy doing non-computery things, and where things are a little slower and you actually want to be reliably connected, the Internet is for shit. That, plus a little…encounter that…

Why Sihanoukville Was Not For Me

“Hey! Hey hey! Hey you!” The voice jerked me out of my contemplation of the emerald waters as I walked along Serendipity Beach the afternoon I arrived in Sihanoukville. A shirtless, dreadlocked guy was standing in front of me, arms open as if for a hug. This was my introduction to the seasonal “workers” at JJ’s,…

The Choeung Ek Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum

Inevitably, one of your days in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, will be spent learning about the Khmer Rouge genocide of the Cambodian people that occurred between 1975 and 1979. On April 17, 1975, the communist Khmer Rouge, led by the deranged despot Pol Pot (are there any Communist leaders that are not deranged…