Jungle Trekking in Laos and Befriending Parasites

Jungle Trekking in Laos and Befriending Parasites

The jungle did its job. And the leeches were experts at theirs in the Luang Nam Tha Protected Area of Laos. I scraped the wiggling bloodsuckers off with my knife at every stop, but new ones would grab hold of my left foot even as I was clearing the right. We danced...
A Sticky Ride to Luang Namtha, Laos

A Sticky Ride to Luang Namtha, Laos

Sometime in the middle of the night, my fan exploded. I didn’t really have time to ponder why, after years and years of spinning above sleeping backpackers, that the ancient device finally decided to come apart on this given night. Screws, springs, and other assorted...

Laos and the Good Old Days

My minivan driver cursed in Thai as we rolled to a stop somewhere between Chiang Mai and Vientiane, Laos. The engine gave up halfway through our 14-hour journey. There we sat in the dark, hostages of some unnamed place where only mosquitoes and their food live. We...