CAMBODIA – PHNOM PHEN

I read once that when you die you experience at one time all of the feelings, emotions, and experiences of all people that have walked the Earth.  It’s a profound thought and something that troubles me greatly the more and more I see. ~~~ I was not at all prepared for the intensity of the…

CAMBODIA – SIEM REAP

I don’t think there has been a country that has touched me quite the way that Cambodia has. We arrived about an hour before sunset.  The AirBNB we were staying in also provided a tuk tuk that picked us up from the airport.  Seriously, who has been picked up from the airport in a tuk…

LAOS – LUANG PRABANG

Amelia had visited Luang Prabang last year on her own.  She raved about how beautiful of a city and country it was, and couldn’t wait for us to experience it ourselves.  I had also read over the years and heard from other travelers just how beautiful it was. And it is.  For years, Budapest and…

VIETNAM – NINH BINH and HALONG BAY

Ninh Binh is an area in Northern Vietnam full of rice fields and limestone mountains.  We spent an hour and a half driving from Hanoi into Ninh Binh.  Here we got into a boat and a woman, probably weighing around 90 pounds, rowed us up and down the river, through three caves (the Tam Coc). …

VIETNAM – HANOI

We arrived in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at about 2 am.  I had a two bedroom AirBNB rented and was so excited about the space, including the washer and dryer we would have for the next four days.  Our taxi driver dropped us off in a dark alley and we followed the instructions carefully…

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA and PUERTO RICO

The trip from Guadeloupe to Antigua was a long one, and we left before the sun was fully above the horizon.  We had to get to port before the immigration office closed.  This would be our last stop on LUNA.  I took in every bit of the last eight hours sailing on the open water. …

GUADELOUPE

The morning started yet again the same way – coffee, fruit, and warm bread.  We were in a rhythm by now.  And one that was fitting me well.  Another 90 miles and we would be arriving at Guadeloupe.  We would be staying at Les Saintes, a series of small islands off the coast of the…

MARTINIQUE AND DOMINICA

Around 6 am, we found ourselves sitting on the back of our yacht drinking coffee and eating fresh cut fruit and warm cinnamon bread.  We were finally going sailing!  Giddy with excitement, we arched our backs and craned our necks, unable to contain our excitement for the open sea and the wind that would bring…

ST. LUCIA

T-2 days until we were departing.  We had just gotten a reminder email about our week long sailing trip.  I was particularly excited about this trip.  We were going to be visiting six different countries in the Southern Caribbean on a sailboat!  Julie, Tony, and me…on a 45 foot yacht, all to ourselves!  It was…