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it is easy to travel

much easier than it was 15 years ago. now there are lonely planet guide books, websites, email and the rest of the internet to make it all easy. In fact, it is cake. anybody can travel now without much worry as they buy their world nomad’s travel insurance and check the latest report from the state depatement website to see what is safe and what is a touch dangerous.

Some travelers see this as an obstacle, a challenge to defeat.

Kelly and I don’t. You can’t escape travelers. It is very rare that you can think of some place that a traveler hasn’t already been. Instead, you look for pockets of calm. Sections of beauty that haven’t been corrupted. In most cases, this comes in tiny glimpses of ordinary life: The fresh beer in a beer hoi bar in Hanoi, the progression of a buddhist festival, a late boat ride down the meKong or even just a beer in a Bangkok airport bar.

Which is where I am now. A bar in the new BKK airport. Very Euro. A place where the farang and the local travelers take a moment to rest and sip the local Chang draught or the Singha bottles.

It is comforting to sit overlooking the BKK gardens as we wait for our Air Asia flight to Phuket. After a month of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam; Thailand feels strangely first world. Big freeways, modern hotels. It could be any city in the US…if you don’t look too close.

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