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pack carry on

Packing Carry On Only for 3 Months of Travel

I’ve done the whole 60L backpack thing before. It wasn’t fun. I don’t doubt that there are many fabulous people who actually pack appropriately and use everything that they bring… I’m just not one of them. And I know many challenged packers like myself. I was always incredibly jealous of those who managed long-term travel […]

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koh rong

How Koh Rong Went So Wrong, So Fast

It’s almost been a year. I think I’m mentally prepared to blog about this now. Koh Rong, Cambodia, was the destination I had dreamed about for months. I’d planned for David and I to spend Christmas 2014 there, chilling out on this idyllic island with minimal hours of electricity. We were going to unplug, unwind, […]

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social enterprise in cambodia

Social Entreprise in Cambodia

Cambodia is a country with a fraught history. We all know about the genocide, but what fewer people know about is how far Cambodia has come since the brutal days of Pol Pot. Very far, in short. When David and I arrived in Phnom Penh, our first stop in Cambodia, I kept hearing about business […]

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Two Days in Battambang

If you’re doing a speedy trip through Southeast Asia, you’d likely miss Battambang, Cambodia entirely, and what a shame that would be. Battambang is a hidden gem. Because it gets less visitors it is laid back and relaxed, but not without plenty to see. Two days is sufficient to visit the town and you can […]

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Angkor Wat at sunrise

Angkor Wat at Sunrise: Worth It?

I am not an early riser. Well, that’s not strictly true. Back home I wake up at 5:30 daily for work and don’t complain about it (Starbucks fuels me), but when traveling, I like my sleep. So, when the alarm went off at 4:30 and I’d only slept for two hours thanks to random tummy […]

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Life Under the Khmer Rouge

Life Under the Khmer Rouge

During our time in Cambodia, we met a man who shared the story of his life under the Khmer Rouge. For the purposes of this post, and for his privacy, let’s call him Tet. Tet grew up in a somewhat affluent lifestyle in Phnom Penh. His father was a military man on the opposing side […]

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Engineering Angkor Wat

The Engineering Behind Angkor Wat

I’m an engineer’s daughter, which I’m painfully aware of each and every day. It’s true what they say about engineers – they have weird-ass senses of humour. Trust me, I grew up with one. While I didn’t pursue engineering in my own career, I think parts of the mind-frame have stuck with me. I’m curious […]

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Merry Christmas from the Smiths!

Happy holidays folks! This is just the quickest of posts to say that we hope that wherever you are in the world, that you’re enjoying the holiday season with friends, family and great food. For David and I? Well, we’ve pre-scheduled this post, but we’re *currently* on the island of Koh Rong, Cambodia, enjoying the […]

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