And There I was Volume II: A Backpacking Adventure in by DH Koester

By DH Koester

The mild, the gracious and the dead

This is the second one of 9 trips within the "And There i used to be" sequence. In 1991, via an opportunity assembly in Bangkok with an outdated CIA station leader and his retired French military counterpart, expeditions have been prepared into Cambodia and Laos, either nonetheless reeling fifteen years on from the devastating results of battle and genocide. The author's direction took him via Thailand's northern hill state, directly to Cambodia and Laos and at last Nepal and India. adventure intensely profound moments in Laos and Cambodia, sit down alongside the mummy Ganges within the holy urban of Varanasi underneath billowing clouds of smoke from crematoriums and give some thought to the trail of lifestyles. endure witness to Cambodia's bad memorials to the genocide and soak up the grandeur of Angkor Wat. take a seat in a cave at the Mekong and clarify to a Pathet Lao soldier why your kingdom indiscriminately killed such a lot of of his humans. Die a sluggish dying in an island bungalow at the Gulf of Thailand, suppose the heart-wrenching discomfort of a tender girl's cremation and at last, the sentiments evoked while surroundings one’s eyes for the 1st time upon the Taj Mahal.

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