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About shuttrjames

I`m riding a bike through SE Asia. i come from a country where we only speak english, have good maps and no hills. Here. I am in trouble! Follow me to get lost in the back roads of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. james

Can Dance

The two step is a proud traditional dance in Australia. We no longer have a smoke in the left hand to balance the beer in the right, but we still two step left then right and call it dancing. My … Continue reading

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I Try

Back home, we have a fear of plastic bags. We fear the guilt associated with every shopping bag that is used for five minutes to get home but then survives another ten thousand years in landfill. Bunnings now make you … Continue reading

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The Smells

Its the smells that stay with you. In a car you have the air conditioning on, on a motorbike you’re going too fast. On a bike you get to smell the world around you. Drying herbs, fish paste fermenting, exhaust. … Continue reading

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You are David

“You are David.” was his opening line as I sat at dinner. “Nope. Sorry, I’m not David.” as I looked up at a local guy. He kept talking. “I have a friend Sally from Australia”. I didn’t feel like explaining … Continue reading

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Excuse me. Is there a hotel near here?

 I am learning that Thailand doesn’t like to write the word “Hotel” or “Guesthouse”, which is fine except that whatever they do write is in Thai script. Basically, I have no idea of how to find a hotel without someone … Continue reading

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My. That’s a lot of stuff.

I’ve been wanting to explode my bags share with blogland what I’m carrying and what goes where. I’m staying with my cousin Rae in Bangkok for a few days and a lazy day of nothingness has given me the right … Continue reading

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Contact Cement

In Vientiane I needed to buy some contact cement, that glue where you coat both pieces and let it tack dry before pushing them together. Trying to find it using charades was not looking promising but somehow I spotted a … Continue reading

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