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When traveling in Cambodia I decided that we would just take the bus – but I’m speechless. Well, maybe not speechless, I’m not sure I’m ever speechless.  Perhaps it’s utter shock.  I’ve traveled in developing nations before but somehow the dry, dusty eye opening bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Cambodia is leaving me in a state of awe.  The kids are bored (it’s 7 hours), but I’m riveted to the window.  I’m so captivated I’ve requested my child give up her window seat so I can…

We’ve really enjoyed Cambodia.  As is common with this type of traveling we’ve met some amazing people.  We’ve gained huge insight into a culture we knew very little about.  We’ve learned about a horrifying recent historical event that we were embarrassingly ignorant of.  Overall, we’ve loved most of our month long visit BUT being scammed at the border sucks!  Excuse the language but really, finding a gentler substitute just doesn’t quite cover the feelings. Like all good scams, we had no idea we had even been duped.  It…

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Asia!  We couldn’t have chosen a more dramatic contrast to pick back up with our backpacking lifestyle.  Dragging our backpacks from the depths of our camper after 5 weeks and trekking through the airport I heard exclamations of “It’s so exciting to travel again” and “I can’t wait to get back to Asia.”  Going through my mind…”I’m so proud of these kids.”  Their tenacity and enthusiasm, curiosity and endurance is inspiring. After five wonderfully weeks we’ve left the tranquility of the New Zealand countryside, the calm relaxed atmosphere of…