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2 years and counting through South America, Europe, the middle east, Africa, and Asia! Part foodie, part story teller, and a little bit of everything else.

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  • Potater
    on Dec 30, 2012
    After nearly 4 months in the pot, here is the bounty from about 5 spuds planted from a grab bag of mixed fingerlings that had been sitting around. Not too bad. The greens and leaves hadn't really completely wilted or died as most literature I read sa...
  • D & MDurian and mangosteen season was in full wing. Hooi's parents brought us to this durian stand outside Kuala Lumpur and picked out the plumpest durians for a proper tasting of the prickly and smellerific fruit. Naturally, you must top of your durians...
  • Boatload
    on Dec 2, 2012 in Krabi Thailand
    This was a pretty cool picture I took in Krabi town, Thailand. Hope he gets the 10 cent bottle refund.
  • Tigertastic
    on Dec 1, 2012 in Thai Tigers chiang mai Thailand
    Tiger A, wants in on the water, pondering a move:Tiger A, pounces:Tiger B, making a comeback:...
  • Roti
    on Nov 29, 2012 in Roti Krabi Thailand
    Thai roti, not to be confused with Indian roti, is a rolled up crepe-like desert pancake, usually sweet, typically filled with condensed milk and bananas. Here in Krabi, we sampled it nightly, whipped up in saute pans in carts alongside the streets.
  • Huh?Why am I still posting things from travels that happened nearly 6 months ago one might ask? With the barrage of traveling from May-August, combined with school, graduation, thesis, visitors, moving, starting a new job, and life in general, I never re...
  • Food Bike
    on Nov 17, 2012
    The best pad thai in Phuket comes with a motorcycle attached and is consumed on the kiddie stool adjacent to the bike. Lets hope at least the engine isn't running while the food is being cooked.
  • CertifiedJust got my Masters diplomas (note the plural, ha...ha). One in English, one in Dutch, each signed by all three Universities. They are done really nice. Sooo cool.
  • Moto Times
    on Nov 10, 2012 in chiang mai Thailand
    Zipping through the rural mountains in northern Thailand around Chiang Mai on the back of a tiny motorcycle was one of the funnest parts of the trip through southeast asia. Luckily, Dennis was pretty good at driving the thing. His confidence grew by...
  • Thai Buddhist Monks
    on Nov 9, 2012
    Really know how to climb:These are 'trainees'. Most Thai boys spend a period as monks when they are young.
  • Thai Markets
    on Nov 7, 2012
    Anyone who has spent a minute or two with me while traveling knows one thing: I love markets. I'm drawn to them like a magnet. Chiang Mai and the surrounding region, in northern Thailand, has some of the best food markets I've ever been to. They are...
  • More HK Style
    on Nov 3, 2012
    Dried seafoodsProud fish chopper showin us his cuts in a stinky subterannean fish marketHappy to buy a t-shirt from this guy. Signs chaos by nightSign chaos by dayThe massesBirdnests...
  • Shots from HK
    on Oct 13, 2012 in Hong Kong
    Bonnies Dad at work - Their family owns a small fruit stall amongst the fruit stalls at a local marketFish skinsNum num fish ball and meatball soup. Ascending the Hong Kong escalatorsDuly noted HK style...
  • Wadi Rum Dunes
    on Sep 19, 2012 in Wadi Rum Jordan
    This one was fun. Biggest dune in Wadi Rum.Alllllll the way down.
  • Amman
    on Sep 14, 2012 in Jordan Amman
    Having spent time in Doha and Dubai, it was really refreshing to scope out Amman in Jordan, to get a feel for the buzz of a true middle eastern capital city. Doha and Dubai are super modern, new, even botique-ish, and finding any grit, bustle, or his...
  • Gas Cambodian Style
    on Sep 10, 2012
    Gas served up from Pepsi bottles test tubes, and barrels, by the families son, quite the norm in these parts.
  • Tico Beachtime
    on Sep 9, 2012 in Costa Rica Manzanillo Puerto Viejo
    The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen, with the forest merging with idyllic beaches and oncoming waves, and a surrounding abundance of animals, insects, shellfish, and fallen fruits. These shots are f...
  • Amerrrrican Mail
    on Sep 8, 2012 in Highway 25
    Makes getting your mail each day just that much more fun. Off of desolate highway 25 in central CA.
  • World Currencies
    on Sep 1, 2012
    3+ years of travels, 30+ currencies, 5 continents. No worries, 50,000 Vietnamese Dong, 2,000 Costa Rican Colones, 1000 Chilean Pesos, 50 billion 1993 Serbian Dinars, and 500 2011 Serbian Dinars aren't exactly worth the equivalent weight in gold. Scan...
  • Luxurious Lux
    on Aug 31, 2012 in Luxembourg
    I visited Lautauro in Luxembourg a few days before flying back to the US. While not the most scintillating place in the world, it does have some redeemable factoids. For example, they speak luxembourgish (even the name is weird), which is some strang...
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