The Unquiet Americans (and Chinese)

If Americans citizens have an international reputation for being rude, oblivious, ostentatious boors, the Chinese are viewed much the same way. They travel in large groups, dressed in gaudy new-money fashions, don’t speak the language or follow the local customs—and their government/military is easily the most formidable in the region.

Buying Valium in Cambodia

She was a short, pretty woman with glasses, and despite the dusty, traffic-choked road behind us and the murky legality of what we were doing—although this is apparently very normal in Cambodia—I felt like I was in good hands. This lady looked proud, professional even, as she spread the boxes of pills out before us. She may have even been wearing a white coat.

"I'm sure this place has a decent bathroom."

We've been using the word "dire" a lot lately. The other night we saw a dog literally eating rubble. The street had been torn up and there was a mutt standing in the nearby debris munching away. The next afternoon, as the sun beat down, I saw a a dog emerge from the sewer though an opening in the oversized sidewalk curb, halfheartedly chase a pigeon, then slink back into his hole. Better to wait until sundown and eat rocks.

Three weeks in

That's what I really want. Not to take a vacation, or to "travel," per se, but simply to go wherever I want and continue to work at the same time. People frequently call that "the dream." But why should we all have to pick a place and just stay there? 

Obviously I want to be myself

I became uncomfortable with my own subject matter, concerned that I was just coming across like some asshole having a near-midlife crisis, bumbling my way across America in a borderline jalopy, banging as many college girls as possible.

So, are you EXCITED?

much of my adult life—my maturation as a person (if I may deign to call myself either mature or a person)—has been about learning NOT to look forward so much, not to anticipate things too much.

Rochester >> Bangkok >> ???

One of the visa requirements is proof of a return/onward plane ticket, which of course we don't have, as we are NEVER coming back to a country where either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is president.