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Keepers of the Memory: The Cambodian Killing Fields

It’s easy to catch martyrdom syndrome when backpacking. Oh whoa is me!  I’ve relinquished my career ambitions (really more of a ‘pause’), reduced my possessions to what I can carry on my back (and fit into my mother’s storage spaces), and shunned worldly comforts such as Pandora, Hulu, and Amazon […]

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The Wiz of Angkor Wat

Siem Reap – rhymes with Read ‘em and Weep – is the home of the famous Angkor Wat. Why is it famous, you ask? It’s famous because Angelina Jolie once posed as Lara Croft Tomb Raider in front of some temple ruins, twisted and crumbled under the weight of an […]

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Vietnam: The Land of Hellos and Hammocks

Last time on Adventures with Nate and Jackie, we found our heroes in a video montage along with some chickens and ill-tempered men on a 24-hour bus from the capital city of Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam. Did they make it? Is their sanity intact? Read on to find out… Er…wait. […]

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L(Ch)aos by Bus

The time Nate and I spent in Vientiane, Laos – food poisoned and hiding from the writing on the wall respectfully – was a lower point of the SE Asia trip, but hope lay on the horizon in the form of a little town called Luang Prabang. Google called it […]

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Sandra Dee of Vientiane

Well, we did it. Nate and I checked all of our boxes and then some in Thailand: Lounge on a beach See a Muay Thai fight Take a Muay Thai class Purchase Muay Thai shorts Take a boat ride through the Venice-like canals of Bangkok See a Cabaret show (See […]

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Top Ten FAQs

People are always (never) asking me what it’s like to quit adulting and become a funemployed traveler, so I’ve put together this top ten FAQs for your convenience. How many shirts do you have in your bag? If you, like the “kids” in my post about KL, need to know […]

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Phuket: Bullhorns Sold Separately

With Christmas approaching, it was time for Nate and I to move from Malaysia on up to Thailand. In order to get back on the rails again, we only needed to hop on the ferry, take a bus to the train station, get on a commuter train to the border, […]

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Ipoh: It’s IHOP spelled differently

To round out Malaysia, Nate and I visited two more cities on our way to Thailand: Ipoh (pronounced E-poh like Eeyore, both a helpful mnemonic and a beautiful metaphor for the city) and Penang. I’ve added a map below for your reference. We chose these cities purely because they were […]

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Kuala Lumpur: Pants Optional

Nate and I alighted from our train into the main station in Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital city of Malaysia. Our Airbnb host instructed us to hail a cab, but we noticed an MRT station and thought it would be a cheaper, faster option in rush hour traffic. Aaaaannnd it […]

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Singapore Slinging: Budget Edition

11:21 AM, Friday, Dec 8: Nate and I are on a 6-hour train ride from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. We’re feeling pretty good having navigated a bus ride to the border, customs, and the train station to get to this point. Admittedly, it was a […]

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