Bomb Village (Phonsavan), Laos: Now They Fear the Earth

Bomb Village (Phonsavan), Laos: Now They Fear the Earth

Dear Lunch Table, The U.S. dropped bombs on Laos every 9 minutes for 9 years . . . During Nixon’s presidency, a secret war was waged on Cambodia, and bombs were dropped on neutral Laos. When U.S. bombers were unable to drop their bombs on the Vietcong during the Vietnam War, the pilots were order […]

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Chang Mai, Thailand: Top 10 Reasons Why Traveling With A Sibling Is . . . Amazing

Dear Lunch Table, Cal and I have two new friends! Yipee! There is another traveling family from the States who we got to know via facebook and their blog (pullensgortw.blogspot.com). So after about seven months of chatting back and forth about our crazy world experiences we finally ended up in the same city . . […]

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Siem Reap, Cambodia: Angkor Down! Say Wat?

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Angkor Down! Say Wat?

Dear Lunch Table, Perhaps it’s laziness that has driven me to the fate of posting only pictures for this blog entry, but I will vouch for the fact that the beauty of Angkor Wat cannot be accurately expressed through my sappy descriptions and long flowing details about how the sky melted into a light blue […]

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The Killing Fields

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The Killing Fields

Dear Lunch Table, There’s a Killing Tree at the Killing Fields. The tree is stained with blood. Babies were smashed against this tree until they died. I really don’t know what else to say . . . babies were smashed against a tree until they died. Perhaps one of the worst genocides in the history […]

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Vietnam: The Top 10 Lessons I Learned From Traveling with My Parents’ Friends . . .

Vietnam: The Top 10 Lessons I Learned From Traveling with My Parents’ Friends . . .

Dear Lunch Table, My mom’s 50th birthday was on February 11th. And if you’ve been following along to my string of rambling posts, you’ll know that 11 of my mom’s good friends were celebrating in Vietnam with us. It’s been an amazing, crazy-fun experience. This quote is the best way to sum it all up: […]

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Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc Island: The Echoes of Hello

Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc Island: The Echoes of Hello

Dear Lunch Table, The Surprise:
 In an elegant looking hotel lobby you’ll find 7 people drinking coffee, 2 people talking on phones, 5 people working on computers, 3 people discussing politics in Vietnamese, and 11 people holding newspapers (eyes peeking through the holes cut out from the black and white print). And who might be […]

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Bangkok, Thailand: Robots and Yoda Go to The Movies

Dear Lunch Table, Movies . . . Oh, how I love movie theaters with their comfortable red chairs and buckets of buttered popcorn transporting me into the world of fiction, well, at least for two hours anyway. See, sometimes movies allow me to transition from a hectic, crazy day to a relaxed sort of getaway. […]

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Delhi, India: PeRc3iViNg TRuTHs in Stinky Shoes

Delhi, India: PeRc3iViNg TRuTHs in Stinky Shoes

Dear Lunch Table, The truth about the world is that you’ve got to be somewhat cautious. No, not about stolen backpacks, pointed guns, or falling rocks (though, being aware of these things never hurts), but the real danger is from gaining too many biases. In the world there are always different sides of a story. […]

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Udaipur, India: Lopsided Motorcycles and Big-Eyed Cows – “I’m Lovin’ It!”

Udaipur, India: Lopsided Motorcycles and Big-Eyed Cows – “I’m Lovin’ It!”

Dear Lunch Table, I’ve become very fond of India. The cows walking innocently in between motorcycles, the “namaste” shouted across bustling street corners, even the constant persuasion of street vendors adds to the beauty of this country. I don’t want to leave. India is the craziest place I have ever stepped foot in. The chaos, […]

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Agra, India: Taj Mahal = $ or <3?

Agra, India: Taj Mahal = $ or <3?

Dear Lunch Table, At the moment my head is spinning with wild thoughts about the whole love story idea behind the Taj Mahal, and my brain power is being randomly interrupted by Taylor Swift and her confessions about this abstract emotion. I’m debating whether the story behind the Taj is more like Swift’s “You’ll be […]

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