A few days ago, we were scheduled to leave for Japan with Dr. Alison Baer and her husband Paul. If you saw two girls running across campus with two huge suitcases and book bags on their backs, through the pouring rain, that was us. I’d love to say our seven hour flight to Paris and 11.5 hour flight to Osaka was a glorious time of relaxation, watching movies and fine wine. (Although we did order wine on the plane, and enjoyed macarons from Paris. Both seemed completely necessary to save our sanity.) There were screaming children and our feet were so swollen we had to unlace our shoes.
With as little as five hours of sleep, a question of what day and time it was, and even larger feet, we hit the ground running upon our arrival in Osaka. It’s … Read More »
Assigned to seat #12 for a one-day round trip bus excursion between Saigon and the heart of the MeKong Delta, Vietnam provided plenty of time for long conversations between the westerner from the U.S. and Gabriel from Hong Kong in Seat #11.
Gabe completed high school in his home country a year ago. This fall he will relocate to the UK for three years to pursue an undergraduate law degree. In the interim – between high school commencement and college move-in day – Gabe continues to leave his footprints throughout Southeast Asia. Gabe’s gap year began August 2014 when he boarded a plane in Hong Kong for Seoul, Korea.
Of his first experience on the road, he recalled that the capital of South Korea reminded him of Hong Kong with its skyscrapers, well-established infrastructure and astonishing non-stop never sleep … Read More »