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November 19, 2007


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We flew to the Philippines in March. There in the hallway of Ninoy Aquino National Airport, between the jetway and immigration-customs, was a three man band in hawaiian shirts (a guy on guitar, one on a string bass, and another with a small drum set). What were they playing as we passed by??? You guessed it...TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROAD!!!


Happy Thanksgiving, MD!


So this is what you been doing for the last couple of years. I love it man. Don't have a peanut of my own but I'm living vicariously through your blog. How you, bosslady and peanut have a great thanksgiving. Lets hook up soon :)


yikes. Change that How ---> Hope


What was the subject of the strangest conversation you've ever had?

Papa Bradstein

Hope you made it back safely in time for the feast. Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Metro family!

the new girl

Safe travels, MD.


well, if Americans would only leave their overweight, bad eating manners and superficialty at home... the world would be much better. Europeans also do not appreciate Americans with Flip Flops and cargo shorts in superior hotels. The sartorialist doesn't seem to have greatest influence on most of them...


Thanks for the laugh, the insight, and the astute reminder that we have it pretty damn good.

Safe journeys home.

Nothing But Bonfires

Ah MetroDad, the time has come when I get to share my travel recommendations with YOU! If you're in Siem Reap, PLEASE eat at the Khmer Kitchen (and order the amok.) And if you don't, just lie and tell me you did.


I'm still not sure which is worse...we, the morons in cargo shorts and flip flops, or fat German dudes in speedos. It's kind of a toss up for me...


TOTALLY agree about German tourists. Someone should tell them that we don't really want to see their ass.


#9 cracked me up.

Gotta say: when I went away to college & some others heard that I was from Texas, I was asked if I rode a horse to school.
True story.

....and if you haven't actually seen the Pyramids in Egypt---I suggest putting it on your list of things to see before you die. (and FYI: don't get on the camels when you're out there. trust me.)


It's a law of the universe... The fatter the German dude, the smaller the speedo.


I am an American living in Belgium. A few thoughts: Yes, it is easy to spot those typical fat American tourists, however all of those that have posted about that -- you too look like an American tourist whether you like it or not. I can spot an Americn a mile away even if they try to blend in. Regardless of your weight, Americans have straight, white teeth, diamond rings, wear baseball caps, carry a camera, have a bag slung across their chest, and talk loudly (even when you think you are speaking softly, it will always be louder than most Europeans). No matter where you buy your clothes, Americans just have a distinctive look that will always be different than what a typical European looks like.

Also, living abroad is the best thing I have ever done and I highly encourage everyone to try to get a posting overseas. We have been here three years and the amount I have learned about the world and so many different cultures is amazing. Reading and traveling is great, but I think it takes living abroad to have it all sink in to a deeper level.

alice, uptown

I'm right behind you in hoping to join the Century Club. To date, I'm at 41 countries on 6 continents. I don't have too many real goals in life -- not going to win the Pulitzer prize -- but I think 100 countries may be doable.


My family (more specifically, my mother) is building a school in Koh Kong, Cambodia, close to the Thai border and we'll (my kids will be 11, 10 and 4) be traveling for the opening ceremonies... which will either be in early summer of '08 or after the monsoon season (depending on when it's finished)... I would love to hear more about your trip... do you have a separate travel blog?


Yet another great post. As Plato says "The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."


Yet another great post. As Plato says "The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."

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