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Why Did I Stay so Long in Don Det?

Posted by on October 25th, 2011 in Asia, Laos, Photos | 9 comments

When I finally left Don Det, I realized I had stayed on the island for over a week; and when I look back, I can’t really explain why I stayed for so long. However this is not to say, that it isn’t worth staying a week on Don Det. It most certainly is. [Not a valid template] The reason why I can’t explain it is that there is not really that much to do on the island. I had no luxuries, only a cold shower and shared bathroom; everything on the island closes at 11pm; and the only wifi on the island is probably running on smoke signals. But it still was one of my favorite places in Laos. Don Det is a small island on an area called Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) on the Mekong river...

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Going native in Chau Doc, Renting a motorbike

Posted by on August 21st, 2011 in Asia, Photos, Vietnam | Comments Off on Going native in Chau Doc, Renting a motorbike

[Not a valid template] When I looked the traffic originally in Saigon, I thought to myself, that makes absolutely no sense, I would just get killed there if I tried a motorbike. But a few weeks later here we were in Chau Doc, me sitting on a motorbike, tying on a helmet, looking nervously at the chaotic traffic in front of me. Things weren’t exactly helped by the fact that I haven’t been on anything that has two wheels and a motor, for, oh I don’t know how long. And it wasn’t exactly made easier by the discovery that the damn thing had gears. And my sister was sitting at the backseat. Oh well, how hard can it be, right? They managed to made it through whole Vietnam in Top Gear on motorbikes, so I am sure I can...

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127 hours – in San Pedro the Atacama

Posted by on May 20th, 2011 in Chile, Photos, South America | Comments Off on 127 hours – in San Pedro the Atacama

[Not a valid template] It was like that movie, 127 hours. I went biking to the desert with some girls. It was great, there was no one else around. We found some interesting mountains we climbed and admired the views. We found some great caverns to explore. But we couldn’t find an underground lake into which to dive, so we decided to head back and I didn’t have to cut off my hand, which was good. The end. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] I haven’t seen the actual movie, just the trailer, but at least according to that, I’m pretty sure that’s all that happens in the movie. But it really was a great day out. We rented some mountain bikes from our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, bought lunch (bread, avocados, tomatoes...

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Surviving the Death Road in Bolivia

Posted by on April 30th, 2011 in Bolivia, Photos, South America | Comments Off on Surviving the Death Road in Bolivia

[Not a valid template] My eyes linger over the majestic mountains towering over me for maybe a second, before my focus is brought back to the narrow dirt road that is speeding before me, and to the depths that are waiting on my left side should I miss a turn. My hands squeeze the breaks of my bike as I approach a turn, the fear battling against my courage, how fast can I go and still stay in the road. Mind you, the stakes on that battle are quite high, going over the side would in most cases mean certain death. With probably at least ten seconds of airtime, enough to think about what went wrong. [Not a valid template] So yes, this is the Yungas road, or as it is more commonly know, the Death Road of Bolivia....

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