On Guilt and Genocide at the Killing Fields in Cambodia
May09

On Guilt and Genocide at the Killing Fields in Cambodia

I’ve been to a lot of intense places on this planet.  If you know my history, you’ll remember that I studied conflict in University.  I made it a bit of a mission to try to understand what causes conflict.  Beyond school, I’ve travelled to as many of these post-conflict regions as I could do, in search of trying to continue to observe and learn.  As such, a visit Cambodia meant that a stop at the Killing Fields at...

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Phnom Penh: Not What I Expected
Apr27

Phnom Penh: Not What I Expected

After reading articles from other travel bloggers and hearing stories from fellow backpackers, I have to admit that I had a greatly distorted image of Phnom Penh going in.  Perhaps the average traveller is just getting soft, maybe they always were, or maybe there is a side of Phnom Penh that is actually incredibly dangerous.  Regardless, I had begun to wonder what I was getting myself into.  Was I about to set foot in yet another bad...

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What you should know BEFORE Visiting Halong Bay
Mar18

What you should know BEFORE Visiting Halong Bay

You’ve seen the photos before, I’m sure.  If you’re keen on travel or photography, I’m sure that the images of Halong Bay are nearly crystal clear to you, aren’t they.  You probably imagine seeing those brilliant orange and yellow junk boats floating by the dozen through the blissfully still waters amidst a stunning collection of statuesque pillars of land that pierce through the sea like wild canine...

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Why Aqaba?
Feb11

Why Aqaba?

When getting organized for Jordan, I’ll be quick to admit that I had no idea where Aqaba was.  Honestly, I didn’t even know it existed before my trip was planned.  As a traveller, when entering a new country I’ll generally just do the most logical thing and book a trip to the capital and go from there.  However, with the recent addition of Turkish Airlines flights to Aqaba, Jordan I was excited to see what the fuss...

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Should Tourists Pay more than Locals at Attractions?
Jan26

Should Tourists Pay more than Locals at Attractions?

A couple days ago, a massive debate was spewed all over twitter when I made a couple comments about Borobudur Temple in Indonesia’s policy of charging tourists a massive rate higher than locals.  I’m at a bit of a loss for answers, and I don’t stand to one side particularly too strongly.  However, I am of the belief that fleecing tourists is a tired game that can’t be sustainable unless that attraction really...

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Mount Bromo the Overrated and Overrun
Jan24

Mount Bromo the Overrated and Overrun

For the most part, I kept my mouth shut about South Bali.  I posted photos instead of writing negative articles because I worried it was not Bali, but me.  Part of me also worried that the grumpiness I was feeling on the island was tied to the area I was staying: Kuta.  Crawling over to Lovina, which I really enjoyed, I realized that the issues of South Bali weren’t necessarily imagined.  Moreover, they are carried right over to...

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