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If you meet the Buddha on the road …?

Our trip ploughs through a heap of world religions. On top of the ones we know. Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism! BEFORE OUR TRIP, I wonder, how will I emerge from this heap? My icy cold relationship with religion. Will it change? I have a head full of questions and a heart full of emotions….

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A last few Pics – Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

Here we sweep up a higgledy piggledy bunch of photos from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. A collection of ‘the little things’ we desperately don’t want to forget.                                                        …

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Power Shifts

I like to keep a tidy mind. But history is messy! In fact, history records stupefy! And day after day, my mind becomes messier and messier. And kilometre after kilometre I become dumber and dumber! What to do? The trick, I figure out, is too uncover just enough. Pick up the trend. And sweep out…

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Walking on Water

It’s a miracle! Or two miracles? One on top of the other! The lake, Tonle Sap. And the people that live on the lake. Hang on, it’s only one. Science explains the lake. But it doesn’t explain the people on it. They are walking on water … – Tonle Sap – Check out the map….

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Strongmen and Henchmen, Aiders and Abetters

On the road, we try to ‘observe only’. It’s not easy. But we try hard; to still our minds and hold our tongues. Few opinions and no judgements. Because honestly, what can we conclude? We just pass through! But for Cambodia; we will not hold our tongues. We read like always. We look like always….

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A Lifeline for Laos

The Mekong River. It springs from a plateau in Tibet and gushes through 6 countries. Yes, Tibet, China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. But it streams through Laos more than any other. In Laos, the length of its waterways equals its paved roads! We travel down its length. We leave it here or there to…

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Her Life in Laos

This lady doesn’t dwell. She doesn’t prick her memory or search her soul. Or tell her story. I hope she forgives me. As I try to re-imagine ‘her Life in Laos’. ‘I’m born in the mid 1940s in French Indochina. My siblings and I, my parents and grandparents, work the fields of our colonial masters….

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Myanmar – as Authorised

  We need a guide to escort us through Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party wins the elections. But the rules and regulations of the Qwasi-Military Regime are still in place. A government accredited agency will accompany foreigners that travel with their own vehicles. Harry scouts around on the internet long before we leave home….

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Dear Myanmar

A letter from South Africa … Dear Myanmar You stand where we stood, 21 years ago. You hold ‘free and fair’ elections on 8 November 2015. Results dribble in. Often, by foot! Even from far mountain and dense jungle townships. Election workers carry sealed boxes. And on 23 November your Day arrives. “The Lady”, your…

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India – the How, the What and the Where

Three things FULLY absorb our days. How we will ride? What we will eat? Where we will sleep? Three things we barely think about at home! Three questions that now bamboozle us all day long! We fixate about a cornetto ice cream. We haven’t seen a cold storage truck for weeks! We ride around for…

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