For better or worse, likely the latter, I’m addicted to coffee again. In Cambodia, I’ve been drinking precisely one smooth cup in a café every morning for the last two weeks. For many of us humans, caffeine is an elixir, while to some
I often get the question: How do you travel for so long between jobs? When I begin to answer, I realize that it’s not so cut and dried. There are at least 10 ideas that want to jump out of my mouth simultaneously.
I’ve done it in Arabic, Lao, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese. I gained language functionality in these foreign tongues with minimal, yet consistent, easy effort. Being functional is not conversational. Functionality is using practical words for typical situations. Here we’re reminded to
Once in a while I get the question: What’s your favorite country? My answer has typically been: ‘the exact place I was in, or the last new country I had drifted to’. Sheer newness elevates optimism. Fresh surroundings breed content and enhanced excitement.
While Vietnam’s coffee allure may have pushed me into consuming more caffeine than ever, it also nudged me to give it up, at least for the last 19 days. I have no immediate intention on stopping this cold-turkey endeavor. Still, the abstinance could
I awoke around 4:15 a.m. I don’t want to deal with electronics at that hour. It’s a deal I’ve made with myself. Although the habitual thought loomed, I observed it, and let it slip away. Psychological win! Mostly, the only thing mindful was
The wide sidewalks, yet long blocks make Danang a pleasant alternative to Hanoi’s cluttered streets and practically endless buzzing traffic. Hanoi’s Old Quarter thrives in organized chaos while Danang seems to prosper without this potentially-perceived pandemonium. Danang has a wide, luxuriously-long, soft-sandy beach.
A current drifting mantra of mine is Wellness. In eastern Asia I get to take advantage of incredibly affordable saunas or more accurately herbal steam. Sauna, herbal steam, I’ll happily take whichever I can get. It’s called a sauna when in essence it’s