Photos: Angry Birds Attack Cambodia

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All over Southeast Asia, there is a terrible outbreak of Angry Birds syndrome. These creatures have attacked the locals in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. But no place has been hit harder than the Angry Birds outbreak in Cambodia.

Angry Birds in Cambodia

Look at this poor child in his Angry Birds T-shirt and hat.

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Bangkok: Avoiding the Burn

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Floating Market Near Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok gets a bad rap. Whenever I speak with other travelers they warn: Avoid Bangkok. It’s dirty, chaotic, and full of scammers and scum. But on my three-day visit to the city, I had a rather peaceful time. In part, in was because of my stay at the five-star, boutique hotel, Maduzi. But also because I didn’t run into any of the hassles that I have encountered in many other cities like Hanoi, San Jose, Athens, to name a few. Read more

Tuk Tuk Drivers of Cambodia

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Tuk Tuk in Phnom Penh

In Cambodia, due to crippling unemployment, countless people are forced into becoming entrepreneurs, a difficult task even for the small percentage of business savvy individuals in first-world countries that plunge into the task. Therefore, tourists are constantly being solicited for their business.

“Tuk tuk, sir? Tuk tuk?” you’re asked ten times on each block of a major city like Phnom Penh, and maybe five times on each block in the quieter beach towns, like Sihanoukville. Read more

Just a Hop from Kep to Rabbit Island

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Rabbit Island

Our captain wore blue tight briefs and an Angry Birds hat as he accelerated and decelerated over the two foot swells that passed in between Kep, a town on mainland Cambodia, and Rabbit Island. The small waves moved parallel to the boat, running perpendicular to both shores, and subsequently rocking us violently. A little girl onboard was crying. We were all soaked. Read more

Remembering 9/11: A Class Trip to Ground Zero

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911: Ground Zero, 10/03/2001.

When I first started teaching in Queens in 2005, my high school students knew about the September 11th attacks. After all, they had lived it. They remembered the terror that filled their New York City classrooms, the fear in their parents’ eyes when they picked them up from school, the inescapable newscasters interrupting their regularly scheduled broadcasts.
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