On My First Wood Skis

Today I took the skis out on their third run. They are beautiful. They connect me with my parents and my tangible family memories of skiing. They also connect me with imagined memories, of Nordic roots, my fantasy books, and classic olden-days ski tableaus, complete with matching knit sweaters and a warm wooden rustic lodge. … Continue reading On My First Wood Skis

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Some general thoughts about travel and expectations, post-Cambodia

Tourists are tourists. Be a good citizen, respect the prevailing atmosphere of an establishment (don’t get too loud), and then, quit judging what other people are there for. As we prepared to visit Cambodia, our friend and leader Dave told stories of USAID colleagues who speak no Khmer and have never visited a rural village … Continue reading Some general thoughts about travel and expectations, post-Cambodia