My dad and I were so lucky to be in Siem Reap for the Khmer New Year or Chaul Chnam Thmey.
For three days Cambodian families are out in the streets wishing each other good luck for the new year, which usually falls on April 13th or 14th based on a lunar calendar.Continue Reading
When I returned from my daily trip to the “Old Market” in Siem Ream, I accidentally dropped one of the large, plump red grapes I had bartered for on the kitchen floor. I picked it up and, out of habit, I started to throw it away. Then I laughed at myself, shrugged and tossed it back in my bag.
After all, my whole bag of fruit had come from piles of produce stacked on the ground.Continue Reading
When I set out for the beach town of Canggu, just over an hour south of Ubud on Bali’s southeastern coast, I didn’t plan to learn to surf. Actually, I didn’t plan to…plan.
My whole goal was to go somewhere new with absolutely no plan at all and to say “yes” to any (reasonable) suggestion that came my way. So, when the first person that I met said, “you must learn to surf when in Canggu,” I gulped a little.Continue Reading
Visiting this village near the city of Limoges in the sparsely populated Haute Vienne Department of France does not involve visiting a place. Rather, it involves visiting a place in time.
Oradour-sur-Glane looks exactly as it did after the fires of June 10, 1944, stopped smoldering, leaving behind only the memories of the villages 642 inhabitants who were inexplicably massacred, and the burned-out shells where there was once a church, a bakery, a deli, a town hall.
Oradour-sur-Glane is purposefully preserved in a state of total ruin so that we never forget the atrocities of war.Continue Reading
While you don’t have to be a foodie to love this day in the colorful city of Kuala Lumpur, it does involve a lot of adventurous eating – though the meals are all balanced by quite a bit of walking (so no guilt about the food consumption)!Continue Reading
I didn’t plan it, exactly, but I am somehow following New Year’s celebrations around the globe.
I joined old friends in Florida to ring in 2019 over champagne and laughter in January; lunched with new friends in Chiang Dao to celebrate the Chinese New Year over long noodles and warm red wine on the first New Moon of February, and I will celebrate the Khmer New Year in Cambodia next month.Continue Reading