Friday, December 10, 2004


Weekend Reading

Saavy Traveler Edition:

It's been a rainy week in Washington. In fact, I'm still dealing with some minor leakage in the basement of my new home. (For the record, home ownership is a pain in the arse). Anyway, the bad weather and the approaching holidays have me dreaming of adventures past and those yet to come. I'm in my 'happy' place, which is my memories of my vacation to Southeast Asia.

Good morning, Vietnam
In a few years they'll be calling it the "Italy" of Southeast Asia. Elephants been lucky enough to visit Vietanam twice in what was the best vacations every (and insanely inexpensive too!). Looks like the cat is out of the bag on the wonderful country that Vietnam is. Visit before it gets over developed.

1st U.S. Jet Since War to Land in Vietnam,0,1821685.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

Functional Fashion Helps Some Through Airport Checkpoints
Rolf Reifgies always got in trouble at the airport security checkpoint because of his suspenders.

Handiwork a tourist feels in Thailand
The ground felt like a stovetop. Visitors may not wear shoes at Buddhist temples, and we were at the holiest in northern Thailand: Wat Doi Suthep, a glorious, gilded complex at the top of a mountain. After an hour walking on blistering hot tiles, the thrill of lighting incense in front of 14th-century Buddha statues wore off. By the time we walked down the 300 stairs to leave, our feet were raw and our legs were trembling. (Written by my friend Hope Cristol!)

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