Category Archives: Destinations

‘Valuable guest’ back in the land of confusion

“Dear valuable guest,” began the tent card welcoming us to our hotel in room in Bangkok, a delightfully inelegant twist to the customary “Dear valued guest” that reflects the quaint honesty, faulty English translations and direct attitudes that prevail in Southeast Asia. We are back in the land of smiles, tuk tuks, cheap, delicious (and, sometimes dicey) street food, and of wholesale, […]

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Eight Things We Learned about Morocco

I was stirred from my backseat catnap when Mohammed stepped on the brake and made a sharp U-turn in the middle of the highway. “Une boite! (a box)” he exclaimed, pulling the vehicle off the road and dashing into a sandy field. “Maybe it is a cake”. Completely perplexed, Skip and I watched in amazement as our Moroccan driver seized […]

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Ice cream cone diplomacy

Kendrick warily approached his quarry, eyes wide with anticipation but with understandable trepidation. He was encroaching upon sacred turf: another child’s ice cream cone. Life’s fears and apprehensions are but ephemeral concepts to a boy of a year and a half – particularly one like Kendrick, who’s been given the gift of constant international travel and has thus learned the […]

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