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Below is a listing of Mervyn’s previous posts, preceded by a quick index to ease navigation.  The posts marked with an (*) are entries that Mervyn’s pretty sure don’t suck. Note that the quality of Mervyn’s work became more consistent over time. In other words, the later stuff tends to suck less. You’ve been warned.

 

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ASIA 2010

U.S.A.

Thailand

Malaysia

Thailand (again)

Cambodia

Vietnam

China

Vietnam (again)

Thailand (again, again)

U.S.A. (again)

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INTERMISSION

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LATIN AMERICA 2010/2011

Peru

Bolivia

Argentina

Uruguay

Patagonia (Argentina/Chile)

Chile

Argentina (again)

Peru (again) <<—COMING SOON

Mexico

—-ASIA 2010—-

 

U.S.A.

Prologue – Southern California – What’s in A Name? (Prologue)

Day 1A – Transit from California to Bangkok Thailand  – In The Beginning (An Airport Omen)

 

 THAILAND

Day 1 – Bangkok – Because of the Metric System? (A Glimpse of Thai Healthcare)

Day 2 – Bangkok – Baby Food Massage (or “Bangkok, The Second 24 Hours”)

Day 3 – Bangkok – The Accidental Hustler

Day 4 – Bangkok – Look at My Yellow Shirt (A Day as A Royal Loyalist)

Day 5 – Bangkok – Teasing the Chicken Factory (Thai Potpourri)

Day 6 – Bangkok – No Rush Hour (Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha)

Day 7 – Bangkok – A Bangkok Mosque Do List (Meeting Winai)

Day 8 – Bangkok – Next Time, Explain to the Health Inspector, “It’s Life Affirming!” (Some Thoughts on The Purpose of Peril)

Day 9 – Bangkok – The World According to Anne

Day 10 – Bangkok – Getting on a Bus (Journey to Thailand’s West Coast)

Day 11 – Railay, Krabi – Where Nobody Knows Your Name (Railay Arrival)

Day 12 – Railay, Krabi – Death of a Wife Beater (Music, Mountains, and. . .Crocodile?)

Day 13 – Islands surrounding Ko Phi Phi Don, Krabi – The Beach And The DiCaprio Paradox

Day 14 – Centara Resort, Krabi – Just Chill, All The Divers in The Sea Stay Ill (Scuba Certification)

Day 15 – Koh Phi-Phi Leh, Krabi – He Could Just Take Me in Circles and I’d Be Happy (A Diver’s First Dive)

Day 16 – Koh Phi Phi Leh, Krabi – Diving Is Still Awesome (Finishing Certification)

Day 17 – Tonsai Beach, Krabi – Railay is for Climbers

Day 18 – Cliffs off Ko Poda, Krabi – Deep Water Solo’s Golden Rule

Day 19 – Railay, Krabi – Israel, Thai, and the Netherlands, Too (Some Cultural Quirks)

Day 20 – Roads from Krabitown to Khao Lak – Barely Sentient Luggage (The Delights of Gringo Travel)

Day 21 – Khao Lak – A Cultural Snack (An Exploration of Packaged Thai Food)

Day 22 – Similan Islands off Khao Lak – Something Fishy Going On (Scuba Liveaboard 1)

Day 23 – Koh Bon & Koh Tachai, Similan Islands – The Scariest Thing in Nature Is Man (Scuba Liveaboard 2)

*Day 24 – Richelieu Rock & Ko Tachai, Similand Islands – I Believe I Can Fly (Scuba Liveaboard 3)

Day 25 – Koh Tachai, Similan Islands – My Manta Ray Is All Right (Scuba Liveaboard 4)

Day 26 – Khao Lak to Ko Lanta – . . . Ko Lanta (No, I Do Not Want A Ladyboy)

 

MALAYSIA

Day 27 – Ko Lanta, Thailand to Penang, Malaysia – See Food, Point, Eat (Welcome to Penang)

Day 28 – Penang – A Cue To Wander (Penang Island by Motorbike)

Day 29 – Penang – Funicular! (Stumbled on in Penang)

Day 30 – George Town, Penang – George Town, The Unpretentious One

 

THAILAND

Day 31 – Bangkok – The Long Road to Bangkok

Day 32 – Bangkok – After 10,000 Years, It’s Still Us Against Them (Thai Red v. Thai Yellow)

Day 33 – Bangkok – Patronizing in A Thai (Food) Court

*Day 34 – Phetchabun and Lopburi Provinces – Chicken. Factories.

Day 35 – Suburbs of Bangkok – LFB

Day 36 – Bangkok – Welcome, We Just Want Democracy (A Red Shirt Encounter)

Day 37 – Bangkok – Was a Day (Still in The Eye of Thai Protests)

Day 38 – Bangkok – Red and Yellow, Black. . but no Whites (A Dark Night for Thai Protest 2010)

Day 39 – Bangkok – Significant Pockets (Serenity Amidst Thai Protest 2010)

Day 40 – Bangkok – A Mighty Parade (Thai Protest 2010)

Day 41 – Bangkok – The Man amongst Men (Muay Thai)

Day 42 – Bangkok – The Price of Convenience (A Day of Regret)

Day 43 – Bangkok – Goodbye, Thailand (One Last Taste)

 

CAMBODIA

Day 44 – Bangkok to Siem Riep, Cambodia – Cheers, Cambodia (The Joys of a Cambodian Border Crossing)

Day 45 – Angkor temples surrounding Siem Riep – Angkor Wat Is Overrated

Day 46 – Rolus Group Temples surrounding Siem Riep – Teach The Children (More AngkorTemples)

Day 47 – Grand Circuit outside Siem Riep – A Fake History of Time (Debriefing Angkor’s Temples)

Day 48 – Outer Angkor temples, Siem Riep – Blog Post of the Leper King (Temples in Review)

Day 49 – Siem Riep to Phnom Penh – Someone Doesn’t Know How To Spell Where He Is (Nom Pen?)

Day 50 – Phnom Penh – Tuol Sleng (A Former Teacher’s Lament)

Day 51 – Phnom Penh – Disoriented In Phnom Penh (The Killing Fields and the Royal Palace)

Day 52 – Phnom Penh – The Streets of Phnom Penh (On Driving in Cambodia)

Day 53 – Phnom Penh – Let’s Make A Deal (Cambodian Police Edition)

Day 54 – Phnom Penh – The Price of Marriage in Cambodia

Day 55 – Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville – Searing in Sihanoukville

Day 56 – Koh Tang off coast of Sihanoukville – Clobbered Cambodian Coral (Cambodia Dive 1)

Day 57 – Koh Tang off coast of Sihanoukville – Old v. New. . .New Wins (Cambodia Dive 2)

Day 58 – Sihanoukville – No Rush

Day 59 – Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh – Through the Water (A Night in Flooded Phnom Penh)

Day 60 – Phnom Penh – Asian TV

 

VIETNAM

*Day 61 – Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam – Thank You.  I’ll Be Here All Month. (A Word About Dong)

Day 62 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Enough About Dong, Let’s Talk Cu Chi (Tunnels)

Day 63 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Through The Looking Glass at The War Remnants Museum

Day 64 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – The French Should Stick to Food (Saigon by Motorbike)

Day 65 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Get Smart at The Independence Palace

Day 66 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – It’s Vietnamese for Capitalism

Day 67 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Something with Coffee

Day 68 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Always Finding Food

Day 69 – My Tho, Ben Tre, and areas surrounding Mekong Delta – Unelectable (Or Things That Go “Woof” in Your Mouth)

Day 70 – Can Tho and floating markest of Cai Rong and Phong Dien – Coming to America (Floating Markets and Rice)

Day 71 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – tiếng Việt

Day 72 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Drizzle the Sludge (For the Love of Vietnamese Coffee)

Day 73 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Ahn Khoe (Talk to Me Nice in Vietnamese)

Day 74 – Nha Trang – Good Morning Vietnam (Diving Nha Trang)

Day 75 – Nha Trang – The Art of Vietnam’s Roads (Heading to  Po Nagar Cham Towers)

Day 76 – Hoi An – Ancient Open House And New Tailors (Historic Hoi An)

Day 77 – Hoi An, My Son, and Marble Mountain – Waaaalt! (Thuy Son’s Cave Temples)

Day 78 – Cham Island and Hoi An – Well-Preserved Reefs and Quiet Streets (Diving Cham Island)

Day 79 – Hoi An – A Hoi An Food Tour

Day 80 – Hue – How’s Your Capitalism Treating You?

Day 81 – Hue – An Oppressive Stillness (Exploring Historical Hue)

Day 82 – Hanoi – The Drunken Streets of Hanoi

Day 83 – Hanoi – Smile, You’re in Prison! (Hanoi Hilton)

Day 84 – Halong Bay – Believe The Hype? (Halong Bay, Surprise Cave)

Day 85 – Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island – Peeking into Nooks and Crannies (Trekking, Kayaking, Cat Ba Island)

Day 86 – Halong Bay – Review of Vega Travel’s Halong Bay Tour

Day 87 – Hanoi – Water Puppets Are Awesome

Day 88 – Hanoi – How You Must View Ho Chi Minh’s Body

Day 89 – Hanoi – Errands and Desserts

Day 90 – Hanoi – Cha Ca in My Maw (Old Town Hanoi)

 

CHINA

Day 91 – Nanning, China – I Miss Vietnam (China, Day 1)

Day 92 – Train between Nanning and Beijing – Please Don’t Touch Me (24-Hour Train to Beijing)

Day 93 – Beijing – Street Fighting and Chinese Justice in Beijing

Day 94 – Beijing – Beijing Is Gone and Dead

Day 95 – Beijing – No Lamas in This Lamasery

Day 96 – Beijing – Hunting for The NBA at Dawn (Also, Din Tai Fung)

Day 97 – Simatai section of the Great Wall – Assaulting The Great Wall With My Indians (Simatai Section)

Day 98 – Beijing – Eating Nei Fu Style (Plus, Beijing’s Underground City, Sorta)

Day 99 – Bejing – Built For Your Benefit (The Forbidden City)

Day 100 – Beijing – Hot Pot with Not So Much Spam in It

Day 101 – Beijing – Gimme A Hutong (Plus, Clubbing in Beijing)

Day 102 – Beijing – Mo’ Pants, Mo’ Problems

Day 103 – Beijing – Olympic Stadia and the Unstoppable World Cup

Day 104 – Beijing – All Look Same (Contemplating Chinese Diversity in The Hutongs)

Day 105 – Beijing – Victory! (NBA Finals, Game 6)

Day 106 – Beijing – Art Amongst The Factories (798 Art District)

Day 107 – Beijing – World Sport (And A Return to 798)

Day 108 – Beijing – Beijing’s Stumbled Upon Treasures (Last Night in Beijing?)

Day 109 – Beijing – Everything Tastes of Baijiu (Last Night in Beijing)

Day 110 – Beijing – Exploring My Train to Xian

Day 111 – Xian – Being Black in China (Plus Terra Cotta Warriors)

Day 112 – Xian – This Is Xian, This is China

Day 113 – Shanghai – Shanghai in The Rain

Day 114 – Shanghai – The Secrets of The Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center

Day 115 – Shanghai – Models, Cocaine, and Germans (Shanghai Nightlife)

*Day 116 – Shanghai – Dude, Soccer (An Open Letter to The World’s Football)

Day 117 – Shanghai – Chinese Went Chinese (Thoughts on Chinese Culture on The Bund)

Day 118 – Shanghai – No

Day 119 – Shanghai Expo – World Expo 2010 Shanghai Is Totally Chinese

Day 120 – Shanghai – Flying Through Time (And Shanghai)

 

VIETNAM (again)

Day 121 – Nanning to Hanoi – I Missed You Vietnam (Transit to Hanoi)

Day 122 – Hanoi – In This Hand, Food

Day 123 – Hanoi – In My Belly (Food before Sapa)

*Day 124 – Sapa – For Me, This Sapa (Paradise in Vietnam’s Northwest)

Day 125 – Sapa – Our Blessed Deprived (One Tough Vietnamese Lady)

Day 126 – Mountain roads north of Sapa – No Fear (Motorbiking Tram Ton Pass)

Day 127 – Sapa – Good Hair

Day 128 – Sapa hotel room – Staring at The Tube (Sick in Vietnam)

Day 129 – Valley south of Sapa – Also Makes for a More Lively Dead Pool (Thoughts on Third World Children)

Day 130 – Bac Ha Sunday Market – Wormhole to China (Bac Ha Sunday Market)

Day 131 – Tram Tom Pass, Sapa – The End of the World (Cup) and Sapa

Day 132 – Hanoi – What’s Early in Vietnam? (Plus, Hanoi Yogurt)

*Day 133 – Hanoi – Look Like Me (Being American in Asia)

Day 134 – Hanoi – God Bless Street Food in Hanoi

*Day 135 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Brown Eye -> Pink Eye (A Special Episode of CSI: Medical)

Day 136 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Adventures in (Cheap) Vietnamese Medicine

Day 137 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – How To Eat Snails Like a Vietnamese

Day 138 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Money Can Buy Happiness (On Being Rich)***

Day 139 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Eat Everything (On Taking The Food High Ground)

Day 140 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – HCMC in My Mouth (Last Night in Saigon)

THAILAND (again)

Day 141 – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Bangkok – Streets of Saigon, Streets of Bangkok

*Day 142 – Bangkok – Screw Your Freedom of Speech! (On Food Oppression)

Day 143 – Bangkok – More Than Just A Passing Fancy (Video Games in Asia)

Day 144 – Amphawa – Taking Time To Eat at Amphawa Floating Market

Day 145 – Roads from Amphawa to Bangkok – It’s The Little Things That Kill (Driving on the Left)

Day 146 – Bangkok – Intro to Liveaboard Day 1

Day 147 – Bangkok – Intro to Liveaboard Day 2

Day 148 – Bangkok – Intro to Liveaboard Day 3

Day 149 – Bangkok – Intro to Liveaboard Day 4

Day 150 – Hua Hin – Don’t Come Knockin’ When The Green Lantern’s Rockin’ (Or The Benefits of Monarchy)

Day 151 – Hua Hin – Old Town Hua Hin (Nostalgia, Thai Style)

Day 152 – Hua Hin – The Simple Pleasures of The Hua Hin Mango Lady

U.S.A

Day 153 – Bangkok, Thailand to L.A., California, U.S.A. – The Longest Day

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INTERMISSION

San Francisco, California, U.S.A. – San Francisco Zoo

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——LATIN AMERICA 2010/2011——

Living Room Floor, California, U.S.A. – ((Prologue)

Day 1 – Mexico City International Airport – Things You Learn in A Mexican Airport

PERU

Day 2 – Lima – Sometimes Racism Just Works (Lessons in Spanish)

Day 3 – Bus to Cusco – On A Steel Horse I Ride (Squirrel!)

Day 4 – Cusco – Arrogance at Altitude

Day 5 – Cusco – Totally Megalithic (Saqsaywaman Fortress)

Day 6 – Cusco – Two Illiterate Seamen and a Lawyer Walk into a Temple (Qorikancha, Streets of Cusco)

Day 7 – Aguas Calientes – Chasing Death on The Cheap (The Road Less Traveled to Machu Picchu)

Day 7+ – How to Get To Machu Picchu Without Taking The Train

Day 8 – Machu Picchu – Through the Haze (Machu Picchu)

Day 9 – Train to Ollataytambo – Expedition Class

Day 10 – Cusco – Please, I Want To Pay You To Make Me Work

Day 11 – Cusco – Jack’s Tasties in My Mouth

Day 12 – Cusco – Omissionist History (A Sacred Valley Tour)

Day 13 – Cusco – Sometimes, The Spanish Are Right (On Language)

Day 14 – Tipon – Mission (Colon) Tipon (Or, How To Eat A Hamster)

Day 15 – Cusco – Cusco in The Sun

Day 16 – Ica/Huacachina – My Favorite Willie (A Taxi Tour of Ica’s Wineries)

Day 17 – Huacachina – FYI: Sandboarding Covers You in Sand

Day 18 – Ica – Flesh Wound (Adventures in Peruvian Medicine)

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