Travel isn’t always sandy beaches and perfect sunsets

So many travel blogs, Instagram posts and Facebook statuses bragging about their epic and unique adventures.  They aren’t always so quick to share the exhausting journeys, dirty rooms, bad food, and missed connections. Here’s a picture from breakfast at our hotel on the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia.  Beautiful, isn’t it?  But I can’t say the trip was worth it. We took the overnight bus leaving … Continue reading Travel isn’t always sandy beaches and perfect sunsets

Malaysia, Headscarves, and My Cultural Education

I’ve just spent about three weeks in Malaysia, visiting beaches, seaside towns, highlands, and the cities.  But what intrigued me most was the people.  Malaysia is a diverse mix of mostly Malay, Chinese and Indian, and the majority of the population is Muslim.  Malay is the official language, but English is widely used. Malaysia is the first country I have visited that’s predominately Muslim, and … Continue reading Malaysia, Headscarves, and My Cultural Education