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About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at

The Rodeo Drive of Bootlegging

I had to get up at 3 am to meet my 6 am flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City, where I would transfer for the flight to Bangkok. I’ve been ill for over a week and couldn’t face … Continue reading

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Having familiar music with me takes the edge off being so far from home and, oddly, makes the places I’ve been less foreign. I’ve been on a Neil Young, Richard Thompson and “The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of … Continue reading

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Hoi An via Danang by Bus (rev’d)

The bus passengers from Huế to Danang and Hoi An were mostly European and of diverse ages. I now regret passing up the train, which would have taken longer but is through what must be very beautiful country. The route … Continue reading

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Preparing to Leave Huế.

Other than breakfast, which is included in the Romance Hotel room rate and is good, I have been living on ham baguettes, phở and chicken curry in Huế. The quality of the restaurants here is low, and they cater to … Continue reading

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Huế’s Purple Forbidden City

I spent the morning at the Purple Forbidden City and Citadel in Huế. I didn’t know what to expect as my knowledge of Vietnam’s history, at least before the 1960s, is shamefully inadequate. The area is across the Perfume River … Continue reading

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I duck into a place called Musik Coffee near my hotel in order to escape an obnoxious pedi-cab driver who was stalking me. I’m the only customer. The place is decorated with Elvis and Michael Jackson stuff but the “musik” … Continue reading

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