Archive for Reflections

Moving to Indiana

Moving to Indiana

After just 12 hours in Tokyo I went on my way to Chicago.  I knew whatever the temperature back home was certainly going to be cooler and less humid than Southeast Asia and I was more than ok with that.  I arrived home on a…

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New Travel Girlfriends

New Travel Girlfriends

For about six days I had the pleasure of keeping company with three new girlfriends and Melita (met her in Bangkok, day one of Stray). My fellow wanderers were Kelly and Shannon from New Zealand and Eveline from Amsterdam. My time in Laos seemed to…

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The hard work of Traveling

The hard work of Traveling

There is a large difference between being on Holiday and traveling.  When traveling, you’re abroad for an extended period of time and budgets are tighter.   You have to be willing to really go with the flow and let go of all of your ideas…

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Melissa, my new Cambodian American friend

Melissa, my new Cambodian American friend

I played Mr. Postman and had to deliver a care package for a good friend, Cindy, from Chicago to another dear friend, Melissa, in Phnom Penh.  After having my ordeal of crossing the border from Laos into Cambodia, Melissa was amazingly understanding and stayed up…

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Enjoying the Journey

Enjoying the Journey

Day one of my solo trip I found myself not sure what was going on.  (this is a preview to the next week of my trip as well.  honestly, maybe most of it) I showed up at the Stray Travel office believing that my Southeast…

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For my friend Natalie

For my friend Natalie

After graduating from UW, I found it harder to find girlfriends that I could sincerely get along with and enjoy.  I met Natalie after college, she was a brainiac engineer at Boeing and had a large thirst for adventure. Natalie filled a fun spot in…

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Leaving my heart in Seattle

Leaving my heart in Seattle

I always have a great time visiting the many people I love in Seattle.  As is usually the case I never get to spend enough time there or see everyone I want to.  I had two short evenings and a full day in Seattle which…

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The Art of Slowing Down

The Art of Slowing Down

I had a wonderful dinner and conversation with some friends last night which serves as inspiration for my first blog entry. My company consisted of a few individuals who are both friends AND mentors, friends that are honest with me so they are friends and mentors all at…

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