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THE YUMMY FILES: CAMBODIA

by Carmel April 6, 2014

Welcome to The Yummy Files. We love a good meal. Whether it’s home cooked or out on the town, we want to share our favorite dishes and beverages while on the road. Come explore the food that has earned our highest praise, or what Shawn would just call yummy. Our very scientific yummy scale We […]

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S-21 AND THE KILLING FIELDS

by Shawn March 31, 2014

“Man is the cruelest animal.”                    “To destroy you is no loss, to preserve you is no gain.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche                                 ― Khmer Rouge slogan Another bright, sunny morning promising another hot and humid day in Cambodia. The streets bustling with traffic, people hustling in packs of organized chaos. The walk was a […]

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HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA

by Carmel March 27, 2014

It all started with an idea. Last summer, my cousin Lisa and her husband Simon came to L.A. to visit family that wasn’t able to attend their wedding in Spain. Unfortunately, being 3 months away from our departure date, we were amongst those who were not able to attend. I flew down to spend a […]

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ANGKOR WAT IN PHOTOS

by Shawn March 23, 2014

When somebody mentions Cambodia, one of the immediate things that come to mind is Angkor Wat. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, the Angkor Archeological Park sprawls over 400 kilometers, and simply an awesome and necessary site to explore. With its intricate corridors, courtyards, galleries and columns, the complex is an unrivaled labyrinth […]

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HELLFIRE PASS

by Carmel March 20, 2014

Arriving to Kanchanburi, you would have little idea by looking at it of the small Thai town’s sordid history. We booked a short weekend visit because we had read about it as an option during our first visit to Thailand, but didn’t have time to make the side trip before heading north. Our return visit […]

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HALFWAY HOME

by Carmel March 16, 2014

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats Six months ago today we were on our first flight to Mongolia. The last time I did one of these updates, we were struggling. We left with the intention of being gone a year, but at six […]

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SPELLBOUND

by Shawn March 8, 2014

Fun fact #7: I love carnivals. County fairs, State fairs, Podunk festivals…doesn’t matter. I was introduced to the magical world of the carnival like most people, in my childhood. But unlike the many once wondrous things in childhood that eventually waned into the equally spellbinding land of nostalgia (professional wrestling and Thousand Island dressing, to […]

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THE YUMMY FILES: LAOS

by Carmel February 27, 2014

Welcome to The Yummy Files. We love a good meal. Whether it’s home cooked or out on the town, we want to share our favorite dishes and beverages while on the road. Come explore the food that has earned our highest praise, or what Shawn would just call yummy. Our very scientific yummy scale Have […]

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WHAT TO DO IN VANG VIENG (IF YOU’RE OVER 30)

by Carmel February 24, 2014

Vang Vieng has a bit of a reputation as a party town. Although the “glory days” of years past when you could float down the river, beer in hand, from riverside bar to riverside bar are mostly over, there is still plenty of debauchery. For those in their early 20s with young, resilient livers and […]

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PLAIN OF JARS

by Shawn February 18, 2014

Laos is complicated. On the surface, this statement seems farfetched – the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia whose landmass is roughly the size of the state of Utah, garnering more international attention for its part in the opium poppy growing region that is the “Golden Triangle,” can be described as…complicated? Laos hasn’t achieved the […]

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