Cambodia to Malaysia
I want to say thank you to the Cambodian people for making entertaining dance workouts in public places, the Thai people for dousing me with buckets of water during Thai Water Festival, and to the Malaysians for either wishing me happy journey or telling me to put my shirt on.
Siem Reap, Cambodia 31/3/19 - Kuala Lampur, Malaysia 30/4/19
Slept among some cool palm tree groves in ThailandSecond time on my trip I have found and returned someone's wallet on the roadBangkokThai billboard advertisement admonishing Buddha tattoosMy Thai lunch this day consisted of frogs, crickets, hornet grubs, and mangoes
Second taste of durian in life
Keeping It Hot In Cambodia
My loop through Southeast Asia has taken me across rural Laos where I participated in a local Buddhist festival serving beer to elderly women. Reaching the Pacific ocean on the coast of Vietnam marked the end of an eight month trip across Eurasia from the Atlantic. And the days get hotter and hotter here in Cambodia where I hope for cloud cover, rain and anything that relieves the heat throughout the day. Laos 3/3/19 - Siem Reap, Cambodia 1/4/19
VietnamI say goodbye to my Costa Rican machete which has been carving my pineapples for more than three years.Eight months ago I said goodbye to the Atlantic Ocean in the Netherlands. Now I say hello to the Pacific again in Vietnam. This picture shows these cool little bowl fishing boats used here.
Cambodian beer advertisements cover the sides of rural homes tempting consumption prizes of air conditioners, flat screen televisions, and washing machines which would all fit just perfectly in these homes.
Go Fruit Yourself!
Cycling through the rest of Burma, a rather cloistered country for so long, was a forward step back in time. The world felt old and original, with people still getting around in ox carts, rice fields being farmed in traditional ways, and life moving by just a little more slowly. The transition into Thailand was shockingly stark. I felt the heavy influence of western materialism, and the difference between two neighboring countries was one of the stronger I felt on this trip. But along back country roads through hilly Thailand, provincial Thai farmers still pick tamarinds off their trees by hand, and invited me over to share sticky rice out of bamboo baskets. And while the heat is nearly insufferable some afternoons, the myriad tropical fruits keep me motivated to explore almost every local market to shock my taste buds and watch the happy reaction of the people when they are. Mandalay, Burma 7/2/19 - Vientiane, Laos 3/3/19
Shake Your Buddha!
I started the New Year riding out of India across the Northeast States, a unique part of India surrounded by Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Burma that many different tribal groups still call home. Crossing into Burma I made my way to the old city of Mandalay where I completed a 10 day Vipassana Meditation course in noble silence. The positive experience left me feeling recharged physically and emotionally, ready to explore more of Southeast Asia. Siliguri, India to Mandalay, Burma 1/1/19-7/2/19 (Warning, the video above contains content that some may find disturbing)
I went for my first teeth cleaning in 3.5 years before leaving India. The sounds from the cleaning tool like a rusty screwdriver scraping on glass accompanied by the screams of a little girl sitting one meter away from me contrasted considerably to the dental experience in the United States. But boy are my teeth clean now. Fun fact: while I thought my cavity was due to my excessive consumption of cane sugar here, turns out cane sugar actually has cleaning agents. Even today some Indians use cane sugar as an alternative to brushing their teeth.Outside Mandalay, Burma
Burmese ox facial hairWhile change currency in a Burmese bank, two men walked in and dumped this pile of cash on the floor out of a white sack taken from a truck parked directly outside the bank entrance. The men then threw stacked piles of cash over the counter.
Bamboo ox carts in IndiaFrom the way Indians make the most of their bikes, my loaded bike blends right inBollywood feature filmI often saw families fishing in these muddy shallow pools. The children would move their hands through the mud until they found a fish and then throw it five meters up to dry land.