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  • explorewithasmile 3:08 pm on December 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sunset in Sihanoukville 

    Sunset in Sihanoukville

    Taken on my way back to Sihanoukville from Koh Rong Samloem, an island off the coast of Cambodia, via boat.

  • explorewithasmile 1:36 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    It Finally Feels Like Vacation 

    After touring the capital, I traveled south to Sihanoukville – a popular beach community. It is filled with tourists, foreigners, backpackers of the like especially since it is around the holidays. The beach is stunning, the people are incredibly nice and the parties are great!

    Picture 1- Sunset on the Ochheuteal Beach
    Picture 2 – A view from my beach chair
    Picture 3 – Me and a friend I made getting a chance to play with the fire tricks at a party on the beach




    • Ellen 2:29 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no! You’ve just open the door for someone to remind you (one more time!) how he learned to EAT fire.

  • explorewithasmile 1:29 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Exploring Phnom Penh 

    I spent a day and a half touring Phnom Penh doing most of the tourist spots. It is similar to Ho Chi Minh City as far as modernization, but has the historical and political building that are in Hanoi. In short, Phnom Penh has the best of both worlds, what a city!

    Picture 1 – Cambodia Vietnam Friendship Monument
    Picture 2 – The King (massive image) in pfront of Royal Palace
    Picture 3 – Cambodian Independence Monument




    • Ellen 2:25 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful structures. I’ll admit my ignorance of Cambodia’s history. Can you fill us in when you get a chance?

  • explorewithasmile 1:24 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    First Tuk Tuk 

    My first ride on/in a Tuk Tuk (in Phnom Penh, Cambodia)


  • explorewithasmile 4:23 am on December 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    A New Home 

    The unfamiliar alleys have become known.
    The daily oddities of living have become normal.
    This foreign land, language and people have become Home.

    Home is a special place that make’s one’s heart sing.
    Home is where one grows into a flower from a pile of rocks.
    Home is where the soul finds prosperity in passion.

    Passion will bring me Home.
    Adventure will bring me Home.
    Love will bring me Home.

    Home will never let me forget.

    Viet Nam, 2012

    • at5203 4:52 am on December 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful poem Taylor I can’t wait to hear about your time in Thailand!

    • Ellen 1:06 am on December 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply


  • explorewithasmile 4:31 pm on November 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Giving Thanks 

    I am thankful for my parents who support me through all the twists and turns my adventurous spirit takes me; moving mountains so I can explore them.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

    : )


  • explorewithasmile 9:56 am on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quotes from an American Vietnam War Veteran 

    Please think deeply about what I shared to you all, make any comments you may like and ask any and all questions.

    Here is the link to Project Renew: http://www.landmines.org.vn
    It has a wonderful video explaining the project in detail: http://www.landmines.org.vn/galleries/videos/video_01.html

    Thank you so much for watching

    : )

    • jhboisselle 1:49 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the thoughtful and provocative posting. It’s so powerful to hear first person accounts, isn’t it, and equally compelling then to take on the responsibility of representing another’s voice. The presence of NGOs and their varying missions, scopes and sustainability is an area that I’d love to hear more about as you interact with more individuals and groups!

    • Ellen 2:20 pm on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great post, Taylor. It speaks to some of the issues we were wondering about during my visit. What a great opportunity to hear about NGOs first hand.

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