Shimabara: Samurai, Castles & Carp

Day 29: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 We docked in Nagasaki today and I woke up before the sunrise! After so much humidity, the cool air felt good, and for a moment, I thought we were in Sausalito with the cute houses on the hill welcoming us. At the crack of…

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Day 21: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 I woke up super early  to catch the sunrise as we sailed into the port of Phu My… The bus ride to Ho Chi Minh took nearly two hours (despite only covering 80 kilometers) due to heavy traffic and speed limits, so our tour…

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The Floating Market at Damnoen Saduak

Day 14: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 We woke up bright and early at 7am to head to Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi, southwest of Bangkok. Being a national holiday (commemorating King Rama V’s birthday), there wasn’t much traffic, so we got there within two hours. Before reaching the river banks, we…

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Along Thailand’s Chaophraya

Day 11: Saturday, October 20, 2012 Never have I had an illness that spanned three countries, but thank God for Boots pharmacy and my ability to purchase antibiotics without a prescription! Chicken broth and saltine crackers never tasted so good. Day 12: Sunday, October 21, 2012 God is humorous. Had…

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Futuristic Singapore

Day 8: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Today begins a mostly bland and liquid diet of congee sprinkled with self pity. No matter what food connoisseurs or seasoned locals tell you, avoid the raw stuff — even in Japan! Luckily, I made it out the door and down the street to…

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