Some Values Are Universal

There was some sort of animal living the ceiling of my bedroom last night. I don’t think it was a large creature, but rather a small one. Perhaps a burrowing insect of some sort – maybe even a family of termites or carpenter ants – I’m assuming they have some variety of both here. Whatever […]

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They Save Umbilical Cords Here

With the slightest of groans and the merest of lurches the overnight train started to move, pulling out of the station in Hanoi. I will spend tonight on the rails, in a four bed berth that I share with two travelers from Holland and a young Vietnamese man who does not speak English. I am […]

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In Which I Make It To Hanoi

The driver who picked me up at the airport spoke no English, so I rode in silence next to him, gazing out from the passenger seat, taking in the tropical urban landscape around me. Hanoi is a fascinating juxtaposition of developing-world decay and modern 21’s century architecture. Some of the buildings are old (but not […]

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