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One Week in HoiAn

Hoi An is a town in central Vietnam about an hour from Da Nang, the country’s third largest city. Da Nang is very popular with tourists because of My Khe Beach, which is supposed to be very scenic with white sand and calm waters. Initially we had planned on spending a week on the beach, […]

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Ryokan: the Japanese guest house

The term ryokan refers to a traditional Japanese inn. When Roman and I first came to Japan in 2008, we stayed at two ryokans (one in Kyoto, and another in Fukuoka, on the southern island of Kyushu). The rest of our nights were spent in more modest accommodation at Kyoto’s Cheapest Inn (a tall, narrow […]

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Hannibal, Missouri The vibrating buzz of crickets at dusk in front of a dying campfire. Cooking hotdogs on sticks in the smoky flames. The darkness descending imperceptibly. In the morning, a chorus of bird calls outside our tent. The kids’ sneakers are soaked-through from dew on the grass. They play hide n’ seek behind the […]

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