Blanketing opinions that I'll probably regret soon.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

By March of 2007, I'll have visited Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Korea and possibly Vietnam.

Winter kills me. That's why I'm thanking the lord of everything atheistic that I'll be in steamy Asia during most of the worst months that the DC region has to offer.

Not that jet-setting to those countries is easy. My last trip to Thailand was tough; days started at 7AM and ended whenever our Thai associates decided they wanted to stop drinking, well into the early morning hours.

And yes, Myanmar (Burma) is on my list. I am aware that visiting Burma is discouraged by US-based Burmese human rights groups because Burma's ruling junta jailed Aung San Suu Kyi who won a democratic election. But compare Burma to its neighbors. In places like Vietnam, China and Laos, they don't jail people who've won elections. They often straight out kill people who oppose the regime in public. But for some reason, there's not a taboo in western countries on going to those countries.

Wait, did I just make excuses for a dictatorship?
There's a lot more to Burma than Aung San Suu Kyi. has great information on how to travel ethically in the country.
I see you were embarrassed to include Texas on your list. I don't blame you.
Texas is for one day!
One day is one too many in Texas.
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