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About L’appel Du Vide
There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Monthly Archives: February 2012
When I started planning my trip to Amsterdam, I knew I would be faced with temptation. Temptation to indulge in something that is probably not all that great for me. I don’t like to say that I’m addicted (and no scientific evidence has ever proven that it is addicting) ,but I have to admit that in the past I’ve been known to over indulge. I’ve tried to cut down. I really have. But then I find myself buying it on a fairly regular basis and always keeping a supply in the house. In fact, there have been times when I’ve … Read More
Cambodia is a beautiful country (And I’m sure you can tell from my many posts about my trip how much I loved it). Ancient Temples. Kind warm people. Great Markets. Amazing food. A sometimes troubled history. Cambodia is a country dominated by the color green. Dirt roads wind through grassy banks. Trees slowly eclipse the mossy stones of Angkor Wat. Green tinted water snakes its way through Phnom Penh. The green is so dominated that the Monk’s are shocking. Bright pops of orange against an otherwise cool backdrop. A monk speaks to a woman in Phnom Penh I became fascinated by … Read More
The popularity of my story about getting scammed in Morocco led me to thinking about other common scams that travelers seem to fall into. Below is a collection of the most common scams I’ve seen or heard of while traveling. Keep in mind that in every country, there are good people and bad people. But sometimes when you travel, you become so excited by all the new wonderful experiences; you are less aware of your surroundings and more likely to fall for scams. You are a prime target to become “the mark” for some clever scammer. All the Single Ladies … Read More
Nothing can put a damper on a trip faster than bad accommodations. Many travelers show up to a new location and end up wandering the streets carrying heavy backpacks searching for an empty bed. Others book in advance and wind up in a dingy, creepy hotel. In my experience, the key to a happy hotel situation is doing your research ahead of time. Whether you are looking for an apartment for your holiday in the UK, or hoping for a romantic bungalow for your honeymoon in Bali, knowing what you will find when you show up can mean the difference … Read More
In Cambodia, in June, it rains almost everyday. In Phnom Penh, like clockwork, each afternoon the clouds would gather and the sky would darken. Then the heavens would open up and it would pour. As my dad would say it was “Taint a day fit for man nor beast.” Once I realized this was going to be a daily pattern, I stopped letting the rain keep me inside. Instead I just ignored it. I took tuk tuks in the rain, I visited the sights in the rain, I walked around in the rain. It actually wasn’t that bad – … Read More