the town of Vang Vieng is forgettable, unless you’re into tubing down a rapid running river and TV bars where people stare, geeked out and mesmerized, by looping episodes of Friends and Family Guy, with a “happy shake or pizza” in their hands.
the villages, on the other hand, that surround Vang Vieng are awesome for hiking and exploring Hmong culture and caves.
we stayed far away from the town in a hut off the Nam Song river.
tasting menu anniversary dinner at torrisi.
coffee snob extraordinaire. i don’t even care how that sounds. i just beat someone else to the punch.
Anthony Bourdain ends his almost decade long stint of No Reservations with a trip to Roberta’s (aka Blanca) and the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare. Like Tony, I had the honor of meeting and eating Ceasar’s amazing “fare” not once, but twice. Yes, these are my bragging rights.
First stop in India was Delhi. We spent a few days exploring the sites which inluded a mosque & amazing forts. We rode around on Delhi’s metro which was fun & easy to navigate. We met a lovely young lad named Sanjay who we thought wanted to be our friend and show us the local sites. 2 hours later, a wasted metro diversion and 2 mile walk, it sadly turns out that Sanjay was leading us to a sketchy tourist office, NOT a really hard to find market with amazing food.
Even after the scam happened, I remained in denial. I wanted to believe all the chit-chat was sincere and that Sanjay really was on his way to school and just had a few hours to kill practicing his English. After this sad experience, we encountered several other “chatty” young men who we engaged with for at least 20 minutes, to also find that they too were part of a bigger operation that had nothing to do with being friendly and sincere to foreigners. Scams like this are very common. We were lucky to not have been led anyplace dangerous, which is why I can laugh about it now.
Passing through south east asian food markets is one of my favorite things to do when on this side of the country. the novelty of what you will find, never gets old.
it’s not always easy on the stomach.
The waiting game. Does it suck, or is it kind of nice? I haven’t quite decided yet. In the meantime. Here is what I am doing with my life these days.
^^taking long walks with my furry best friend…^^
^^..in comfy shoes^^
^^drinking decaf lattes every morning from my favorite coffee shop.^^
^^wearing gabe’s shirts.^^