Monsooning it in Sihanoukville

I totally dug Thailand. Truly. But Cambodia…now Cambodia is something special (minus all these itty bitty ants that keep biting…

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Oh, The Places I Will Go…in January

It is cold and cloudy here in Seattle so that means it is time for me to escape to cold and cloudy Paris! Hurray! My becoming regular buying/exploring/indulging-in-baguettes winter expedition to Europe will commence in a few short days, and my itinerary is chalk full of new and old favorite places to visit. While it may seem odd that I cross the Atlantic to the Old World in January versus the Pacific to an US archipelago of tropical islands, there is a method to my madness. First of all, Europe is very inexpensive this time of year as it is clearly off season for most travelers (I booked a flight for…

My Business Magazine Feature…24 Hours in My Life

This month I traveled into the pages of the locally lauded magazine called 425 Business! In their September issue (which sounds soooo fashionable) they highlighted 24 hours in my entrepreneurial life in a three page feature. Those who know me well may do a double take at my documented 7:03am rise time…clearly this was an extraordinary day. You can check out the article via the below pics:   The timeline of my day was laid out as follows after the introductory page:   These pics may help with reading the fine print found above:   Et Voila! What a privilege and opportunity to have 425 Business find my life interesting enough…

A Trip and Life Cut Short

I should be in Vietnam right now.  But I am not. Instead I am home in Bellevue, WA. My return stateside was prompted by a fateful call I received in a coffee shop in Saigon just twelve days ago. On August 17th my dad died an unexpected and tragic accidental death at my parent’s house in Hamilton, Montana. After learning the news from my mom, I came home immediately. Now I sit here quiet after a whirlwind of travel, an accostment of emotions that ranged from joy to confusion to suffocating sadness, buzzing and loving gatherings of family and friends and a funeral. My world has changed. View from the rooftop of…

Monsooning it in Sihanoukville

I totally dug Thailand. Truly. But Cambodia…now Cambodia is something special (minus all these itty bitty ants that keep biting my feet as I type this). It is off the beaten path, beautiful, exotic, and *my favorite part* I still feel like I am discovering something. Filled with mystical ancient temples, ample undeveloped coastline, picturesque countryside, a history that is both turbulent and inspiring and natives whose smiles can make your heart melt, I have already extended my time in this Southeast Asian country of 15 million so that I may further discover its riches (again, which doesn’t include these d*mn ants. Egads.) To get to Cambodia from the island of…

Island Life: Koh Samet, Thailand

While life in Bangkok was a whirlwind (and much like the pace of life back home), life here on the tiny Thai island of Koh Samet has come to a complete stand still.  It is marvelous. And after three days, I am I finally able to ease into the slow existence that defines island life…just in time to leave tomorrow. C’est la vie.  Koh Samet isn’t the first island choice when people dream of tropical Thai island getaways. But being so close to Bangkok and in route to Cambodia, I couldn’t say no to its white sandy beaches and clear aquamarine waters…so here I am.  Turns out it was a…