Monday, May 29, 2006


I am here in Cambodia!

I am finally here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is hotter than I actually imagined. So far I have only checked into the hotel. However I wanted everyone to know all is well! I will say more once I explore the city. The first thing on the docket is to find an apartment. So, the next post should have more details.


Contrast between capitalism and Buddhism

Ronald McDonald doing the traditional Thai Wai (greeting).

Erawin Shrine built to ward off the evil spirits of capitalism.

Hello all,
On my walkabout in Bangkok today, I ran into two really interesting scenes. The bottom one is Erawan Shrine which was constructed to ward off evil spirts brought on by capitialim. Speaking of evil spirts, the top picture may be one of those spirits the shrine is meant to ward off! Ronny is almost culturally responsive (he is actually bowing to the patrons).

Sunday, May 28, 2006


Trying to get my land feet again

I finally arrived in Bangkok. I knew it was Bangkok when the heat and humidity about killed me just waiting for a cab!

The hotel I found is called the Atlanta. It is so out of another time it is awesome. Check it out:

The only drawback is it is in the middle of all the chaos. For a few days, I can embrace that high energy atmosphere...on the return trip I think I will opt for more tranquil digs.

I am off looking for an honest Thai massage. I just read that experts recommend at least 2 hours at a time! At about $5 and hour I think I can handle that.

P.S. Thanks John for setting up the comments function!

Friday, May 26, 2006


Enhancement to blog functionality

From John --

commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Sorry to the three folks who submitted comments earlier today. (They got deleted.) The good news is you don't need to create a Blogger user account anymore!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Heading out

On Friday, May 26th, 2006, I will begin a 3 month internship at UNESCO in Phenom Pehn, Cambodia. Stay tuned to details of my life in Cambodia.

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