How I Got to Nieu-Bethesda Part 1

“From Connecticut? America? Yoh. So how did you end up here? In Nieu-Bethesda of all places?” The guests of The Brewery and Two Goats Deli ask me this question on a daily basis. And since I’ve stopped giving weekly updates of where I’ve been staying since I left Hanoi, you may also be wondering how…

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Get Out of Jail Free (SIM) Card

On my way from Vietnam to India, I spent a layover in Bangkok. This particular layover presented the opportunity to explore Bangkok for a single night. My flight would land at 17:35 and the connecting flight to Delhi would take off at 8:55 the following morning so I worked out enough of a plan of how…

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Shave and a Haircut

Me: “Namaste. English?” Barber: *hand waggle* (Indian to English translation: “Nope.”) Me: “OK let’s try this…” *finger scissors around sides of head, point to hair on top and cross arms in a ‘NO’ sign, karate chop motion on both sides of bearded face* (Kyle to English translation: “Please take a bit off the sides, don’t touch…

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Postmarked from India

Dear K (in the past), I hope (I know) that this letter will find you well in Hanoi. I’m writing to tell you that, in the end, you will love India. You may already expect this; I did. But although the first week with your friends will be great (with the exception of a few…

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