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My Recent Ramblings

What am I listening to right now?

Since I was on the road a lot recently, and also in the midst of some projects that involve me needing to zone out and focus, I’ve been pretty much listening to music 24/7. Wait – this isn’t really a change from my norm. Carry on.

So what am I listening to as of late? Well, I’ve got two albums on heavy rotation, with a third recently getting added to the mix.

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Some initial post trip thoughts. . .

It’s been almost a week since I arrived back in Minnesota after my trip. In fact, at this point a week ago I was in a plane that was flying eastward as a part of my 30 hour journey from Hanoi to St. Paul.

I’m slowly but surely getting used to being back home. I’ve done some laundry, paid a couple of bills I forgot to pay before I left (oops), gone through 3 weeks of work email and documents and back into the campaign saddle. There is still a lot I need to do, mainly the rest of my laundry, moving my empty suitcase from the middle of the living room, and getting actual food in my house, but that’ll happen eventually.

As I look back, I realize the past week has seemed to just fly by. It seems as if the last 6 days have lasted as long as one day while I was traveling. Once I had this realization, I began to wonder why – time is time and it’s not like days in Minnesota are shorter than in SE Asia. . .

What is different?

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And then out of nowhere, it hits you

Sometimes, song lyrics say things more clearly than I ever could.  Feeling inspired, humbled, and thankful for so many things and so many people right now.  Almost overwhelming but energizing at the same time. I don't wanna be someone who walks away so easily I'm here...

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What an experience

Today is my last day in Vietnam.  This trip has been an utter whirlwind, and as with my Nepal trip, was exactly what I needed when I needed it.  I know it has impacted me and left me with a lot of things to think about. I'm beginning to go through the process of...

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Quick non-update update

Sorry for the lack of updates. We have had a lot of busy days, and at night I am too wiped out to do much other than sleep. We are now in Laos for two more days & then heading back to Hanoi. This trip has been amazing and I can't wait to share more with y'all. I have...

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Greetings from Quang Ngai

Wow - can't believe it's been almost a week since I left the states.  It seems like it's been a lot longer, but that's probably because we have been very busy since leaving Hanoi on Sunday morning. I could write a long narrative describing what we did each day,...

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Long travel days are long

Finally made it to Hanoi.  We've been here for about 2.5 hours and I'm currently settled in at the Hotel Celia for the night.  Tomorrow we get to sleep in a bit and then head out for a tour around Hanoi to give us an overview of the city.  Can I just mention that I'm...

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Why I am going – Part 2

I had hoped to write a bit more about this yesterday, however packing took me a bit longer than I had planned (*shakes fist at allergies or cold or whatever is causing me to be stuffy and cough*) Long story short - as many of you know I'm involved with People to...

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Why I am going – Part 1

As I approach my departure date (tomorrow!!!!), I keep getting asked variations on the following questions: "Is this a vacation?"  Kinda. "Are you going on a mission trip?"   Yes, but not that kind of mission. "Why are you going there?"  Why not? Throughout my life, I...

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Where will I be?

I've been trying to figure out how best to show where I'll be visiting during my upcoming trip, so I decided to create a rough map to give an idea of where we will be. Less than two weeks and we're off! View Cambodia, Laos, & Vietnam in a larger map

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