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View From the Volcano

This picture was taken about half way through our hike on Volcán San Pedro in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. The hike was definitely hard, appropriate footwear/ broken in shoes are HIGHLY recommended, i’d recommend strong sun screen too, the sun at the top is very powerful. The view from the top was absolutely incredible, and I felt super accomplished by the end. I’d recommend taking a taxi to the gates of the park, we skipped out on that extra expense, but definitely started our hike a little low on energy, as it’s a 40 minute walk from the town to the entrance. We also started at 5 which I definitely recommend, because then it’s not too hot on the way back down. The hike is about three hours up and two hours down, and it is a bit steep. It’s a work out for sure, but absolutely worth it. The view is amazing, and the area surrounding the path, which passes through jungle-y bits and farms with corn and coffee, is really beautiful too.

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Night Market: Fish Dinner

This is one in a series of photos taken at the night market in Luang Prabang, Laos. The Market is super cool, with fantastic shopping and a ton of places to eat. This is a picture of some of the fish that were for sale, there’s a nearby river, and i’m pretty sure the fish come from there, so it’s really fresh. The market is a nice, mellow place to hang out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely a bit on the bustling side, but the attitude is pretty calm, and all of the vendors are friendly. Theres a ton of really cool hand made stuff to buy, as well as some antiques, and pretty much any sort of not-cheesy souvenir you’d want to buy (this includes a pretty impressive array of teeshirts). The food that we had while we were there was really good too, and since it’s market food you can eat it on the go, or sit at one of the tables set up in the food alley if you’d rather relax and eat. If you’re a skeptic when it comes to street food there are also plenty of good restaurants around in town.

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Thanaka

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These photos were taken in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma). This woman is selling Thanaka, a sort of cosmetic bark paste that’s pretty common in Myanmar. The paste is applied to the face, and sometimes the arms, it sort of acts as a sun block, and its used to keep people cool. We bought some from this woman; she was really sweet, and she was REALLY excited that we were interested in this. It’s sold mostly to locals, and you don’t really see tourists with it, but we were curious. She showed us how the paste was made, let us smell it, and applied it to both mine and my sister’s faces. She didn’t speak any english, but it was a really interesting interaction all the same, and even with the language barrier it was easy to tell that both of the parties involved were equally interested. Myanmar is a fantastic place, and probably one of the more interesting countries i’ve visited, mostly because it’s an awesome place, but also because it’s really just starting to become a tourist destination. The people are friendly, the food is fantastic, the culture is really incredible, and the art and archaeological sites are just amazing. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend a visit to Myanmar! I’ve only been to two cities there, but I would highly recommend both Bagan and Yangon.

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These pictures were taken at one of my FAVORITE places in Portland, Oregon. These were taken at Powell’s bookstore, the largest new/used independent bookstore IN THE WORLD. There is more than one branch of Powell’s, but this one, the City of Books, takes up a whole city block. I’m big on books, so this place is sort of like Disneyland for me (especially once I found the archaeology section.) The books, especially the used ones, run pretty cheap. The store also offers a wide range of rare books. Powell’s, fortunately, has a map layout, so if you are looking for a specific section it shouldn’t be too hard to find. If you aren’t looking for something specific, I would recommend just wandering around (especially if you have a lot of free time on your hands). Powell’s is very cool, and i’d highly recommend a visit to anyone who’s in the Portland Area.IMG_2756

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Chichicastenango Market

This picture was taken in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Chichicastenango, also referred to as ChiChi, is one of my favorite places to visit in Guatemala. On Thursdays and Sundays they have market days, which are absolutely phenomenal. I’ve never been to the town on a not market day, though i’m sure it’s still really interesting, but the market itself is just a great experience. The streets are lined with stalls selling all sorts of hand made things, ranging from tapestries to wooden statues, to purses to jewelry. Some of the stalls sell things that aren’t handmade too, Machetes and knives can be found here, as well as some antiques. ChiChi is just a great place to walk around, but it’s also a really fun place to shop, a place where you can find really unique Guatemalan souvenirs. The vendors are friendly and are usually totally willing to haggle on prices. ChiChi also has numerous stalls for food, and, if you aren’t feeling adventurous enough for street food (or if you want a place to sit down and enjoy a cold beverage for a bit) there are also a few restaurants around. Aside from the market itself, ChiChi is also home to a really unique church. The church, which is sort of in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the market, has a large set of stairs leading up to it’s doors, on market days these stairs are covered with people hawking flowers. The church is also worth a visit, and, at least when I was there last (June 2011) the church was opened to visitors. If you are visiting Guatemala definitely try to swing by ChiChi on a market day, it’s a fantastic experience!

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Typing Thai

This picture was taken in the Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), in Bangkok Thailand. Bangkok is a super cool place, and this airport, while not really centrally located, is a great place to fly out of for other locations in Thailand. I love Thailand, and I think that Bangkok has a lot of amazing stuff to offer to tourists and travelers, but if you’re planning on staying in Thailand for a long time it’d be a good idea ( I think) to check out some of the other areas. Phuket and Chiang Mai are the other areas that i’ve visited in Thailand, and I would highly recommend both. BKK is a great airport to fly out of too, it’s big and comfortable, and there is a fair number of restaurants to choose from, as well as shopping, ranging from duty free fancy perfumes to more traditional thai souvenirs (though I’d suggest buying your Thai souvenirs outside the airport; you’ll pay less and in most cases be able to haggle over the price, something you can’t do in airports). The other cool thing about BKK is that there’s free wifi, and if you don’t have a computer, tablet, or other wifi enabled device, you can access a computer in the terminal, i’m not sure if this is true for every terminal, but you can probably find out at the information desk. (I know the picture isn’t really travel related, but I thought it was super cool that the available computers had bilingual typing capabilities)

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At The Market

This picture was taken at Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon. The market is a great place to hang out, people watch, shop, take pictures, and eat a variety of foods. It’s a great weekend event, it happens on both Saturday and Sunday, and it takes place in a nice little area right near the waterfront. The Market has lots of interesting things to shop for, most of which is handmade. I like the market because it’s a great place to just hang out, and all the vendors are friendly. It’s a great traditional Portland event, and I’d highly suggest a visit!

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