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About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.

Chaos at the crossroads

If you’ve lived in Asia, you understand the synergy between local populations and the motorbike or scooter/moped. They are a cheap and convenient method of transportation in countries where most of the population cannot afford a car or truck. Many, … Continue reading

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Spinning my wheels with visa renewal

My annual visa renewal time brings me plenty of stress, and this year even more so, as I decided to try a new way to guarantee my income. It didn’t go well. Previously, I had gone to Bangkok, booked a … Continue reading

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A birthday to remember

As any long-term traveler knows, it can get lonely out here away from “home.” Holidays often are just another day of the week, or spent with people you barely know. You might go by a Christmas or birthday with no … Continue reading

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