Do cockroaches have souls?

Sure, it's not an experience I especially enjoy. It's repulsive, to be honest. Every time I see one I get a little tingle of eew that reverbrates through my spine and down to the tip of my fingers. By now I know they're definitely not as shocking to find in my house as rats, and after watching … Continue reading Do cockroaches have souls?

A Holiday in Laos

Our protagonist wakes up abruptly, momentarily in shock. His cell phone alarm, set for 6 am, seemed to have never rung at all. He checks the clock: 6:55. His flight to Hué is at 8:05. He is instantly, fully awake. In a panic, he rises from the couch where he slept the night as a … Continue reading A Holiday in Laos

New Year on Phu Quoc

Long have I wanted to visit this island, of which the reputation is on par with paradise itself. As a big fan of islands myself, it was with grudging resolution that I stopped my bike in Ho Chi Minh city back in March 2015 (gasp! Almost a year already!) to look for work as my … Continue reading New Year on Phu Quoc

Berlini

Berlin: a king among cities. An island, standing alone in Germany. On this island, a park. The Mauer park.  Not one of the largest or most beautiful but certainly a staple of nocturnal and daylight activities, is  Prenzlauerberg's Mauer park. Once, it was a death strip, a zone between the Berlin walls where no one ventured...but … Continue reading Berlini