The Selfcleaning World

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Gulf of Thailand

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As our time in Asia came winding down we planned for the last few days to be spent relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean.  With not quite enough time to make it to the islands of southern Thailand, we opted for the beach resort town of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, about a 3.5 hour train ride from Bangkok.  Hua Hin has a history serving as the ocean retreat for the Thai royal family, with vast tracts of sand dotted with high end resorts, one of which we treated ourselves to for a couple nights (The Anantara) after many nights of less glamorous accommodation.  Wading up to the pool bar, ordering blender drinks and reflecting over many experiences, it was a great way to close out our epic Southeast Asia journey.

Anantara pool

 

Five Stars

I have a short story in the new issue of Schlock Magazine: http://www.schlockmagazine.net/2013/06/24/five-stars/

It’s titled Five Stars and is about a couple vacationing in Mexico who get more than they bargained for on the white sun-drenched sands . . .

Returning to their room they view the spinning ceiling and warping walls. They take turns vomiting and then lay naked, blistered and sweating. Hours later a maid comes in, also spinning. The husband groans something. She ignores him, continuing to freshen things up around the sprawled bodies.

Aztec Calendar 

Vietnam Beach Scene

Mui Ne is a mellow beach town on the South China Sea about 4-5 hours from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). We hired a driver for a 3am night flight out of the city to avoid traffic, and spent the first night at Novella resort, a more upscale option. We intended to stay just 1 night but couldn’t pull ourselves away, and our accommodations got progressively cheaper each night until we ended up in a backpacker hostel. Kite surfing is a huge draw in Mui Ne.WP_20130405_026.jpg

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