Category Archives: travel

Wat Phnom, Cambodia

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej died in October after seven decades on the throne. The Grand Palace is an amazing site that includes both the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho — but my visit today felt surreal for another reason: the complex continues to be flooded daily with mourners for Thailand’s late king. It’s a difficult time for Thailand, but as a foreigner it’s a fascinating time to be here.

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The human-powered Ferris wheel …

Best wishes on Tasaungdaing for my Buddhist friends in Myanmar. The people here really know how to throw a party. Tonight I took a ride on a human-powered Ferris wheel, plus, I ate street food (read: hepatitis on a stick).

The best part: I’m alive, not even ill (yet), and in truth had an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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