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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. I'm also using this time to write, having now authored nine e-books, including photo-essays of my experiences in Costa Rica, Croatia, Sicily, Indonesia, Bali and Malaysia.

The questions you are asked

It doesn’t seem to matter what country I am in, but the first question from locals is always, “Where are you from?” When I say America, or the US, there’s usually a look of recognition, mostly that I’m from what … Continue reading

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Loy Krathong, and a neighborhood in transition

On Monday, Thailand held a subdued celebration of Loy Krathong. From Wikipedia: “Loi Krathong is a festival celebrated annually throughout southwestern Tai cultures, (Thailand, Laos, Shan, Tanintharyi, Kelantan, Kedah and Xishuangbanna). The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, … Continue reading

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Hilltribe representatives join mourners at Grand Palace

Nine hundred and ninety-nine hilltribe people were among the crowds queuing in front of the Grand Palace for an opportunity to pay their respects to the recently deceased and much-revered HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday. As they waited in line, … Continue reading

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