The CELTA was one of the most intense experiences I have ever put myself through. It was like a full-year university course compressed into one month. After it was over, we took a drive up to Paradise Lodge at Mount Rainier, a perfect place to relax after all that intensity.Continue reading
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Karaoke is the Cambodian unofficial national pastime. When it is combined with a wedding, the event leans toward glitzy and glamorous. The first item of priority is to stick a giant tent where it will obstruct the most traffic. Then Karaoke participants present elaborate singing and dancing performances. For hours. Loudly. And they love duets. Just like Donnie and Marie.
Tip: If there is one place to see in all of Cambodia, this is it. Because it is a UNESCO site, it is kept clean. It is worth flying directly in to Siem Reap. Stay in a nice hotel, and buy a 3-day pass into the site. The pass is good during an entire week and does not have to be used on consecutive days. This means you can take a break after the first day in order to prevent “temple burnout.”Continue reading
On the way from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, we stopped at Sambor Prei Kuk in Kampong Thom province, a temple complex predating Angkor Wat. This complex consists of about 150 structures built in the 7th Century (600s), originally the capital … Continue reading
Phnom Penh is a fascinating, yet intense place. It is hot, humid, and heavily populated. Buildings are being constructed at a mad pace, and construction dust and debris is everywhere. The city is dirty, yet it has some sites worth … Continue reading
Imagine being at work one morning when hundreds of soldiers march into your city and begin rounding people up, killing those who protest, and marching people by force out of the city. Imagine thinking, this must be a joke; these … Continue reading
If you want to see the far flung places of the world, they are unavoidable, uncomfortable, and can make for a lousy start to a fun vacation. Really, there is not a whole lot you can do to get through … Continue reading
For me, being immersed in the world of the novel was like being soaked in the memories of the Islamabad of my adolescence.Continue reading
By Jenni Gate Our moving process has been in the works for a few years now. We first started thinking about downsizing around three years ago as the house began to empty out of children and we realized we did not need … Continue reading
By Jenni Gate 2014 has been an incredible year full of ups and downs and major decisions. This year, my daughter graduated from college, hurray, Andrea! We traveled to Alaska for her graduation this month. We flew to Washington DC this autumn … Continue reading