Articles By: MonikaLutz
If you’re looking for an excursion-style vacation that fits within the categories of rugged, subsistence, isolated, or untouched by the invasive fingers of the first world, I suggest you fly over the 275 square miles of Singapore to one of its many neighbors.
Cowboys, moviestars, and money—that’s what America is made of? If opinions regarding weight, IQ, and imperialism were added to the mix, nearly every foreign country’s American stereotype would be complete, according to the experiences of several Fulbright Scholars over the generations.
I was at the edge of a cliff. Below me, rice paddy fields clung to the edge of the mountain, plunging over a thousand meters downward. I was in the northern mountains of Vietnam, suspended in a cloud
Skinny three-story homes lay straggling in between the paddies of rice. Their architecture is delightfully puzzling: two bits rococo (encouraged by the French, no doubt), a sling of neoclassicism or modern touches, and from time to time, several dashes of Disneyland (especially apparent in the paint selection) are present.
An endless flow of hours carried me through dry grasslands and flat topography. Finally, I arrived at the edge of Yosemite National Park. The destination, if it can be called that, was No-where-ville, California where the California Vipassana Center was located