Why I Love Road Scholar!


Mike and I are now traveling on our own, after our whirlwind tour with Road Scholar, through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And what a tour it was!
My blog couldn’t keep pace with our activities and even now, this summary will only provide a taste of those incredible 20 days.
Here are a few of the many reasons I love Road Scholar.

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
Road Scholar made contributions on our behalf to the two village schools and hospital we visited.

One nurse per 500 children at the outpatient clinic of this free hospital
One nurse per 500 children at the outpatient clinic of this free hospital
Look who else visited the hospital--but not while we were there.
Look who else visited the hospital–but not while we were there.

While traveling in Cambodia a few years ago, the Spitlers asked their guide to suggest a worthwhile project. The end result was this village school.
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Sarin, a Cambodian tour guide, and head of the Spitler School
Sarin, Cambodian tour guide, and head of the Spitler School

Prior to the Spitler School, children in this village had no opportunity for education.
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Yes, we were captivated.
Yes, we were captivated.

JAW DROPPING EXPERIENCES

Mike, taking in the majesty of Angkor Wat
Mike, taking in the majesty of Angkor Wat
The demons guarding the bridge to Angkor Thom
The demons guarding the bridge to Angkor Thom
One of the many faces of King  Jayavarman 7
One of the many faces of King Jayavarman 7
Good guys on the left, demons on the right, churning the sea of milk
Good guys on the left, demons on the right, churning the sea of milk with Jayavarman 7 gazing down on it all

And of course, the many Buddha images in Laos and Thailand were unforgettable and impressive.
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WONDERFUL LECTURES

Tony Zola, another former Peace Corp volunteer who settled in Asia, was a fascinating lecturer.  He spoke to us in Thailand and Laos.
Tony Zola, another former Peace Corp volunteer who settled in Asia, was a fascinating lecturer. He spoke to us in Thailand and Laos.
Tara (an American)and a local Lao woman created the Museum of  Art and Ethnology.
Tara (an American)and a local Lao woman created the Museum of Art and Ethnology.
We had an amazing lunch at Fabian's stilt home in a  Laotian village, followed by a lecture.
We had an amazing lunch at Fabian’s stilt home in a Laotian village, followed by a lecture.

GREAT COMPANIONS
Fantastic experiences are even better when shared with like minded companions.
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The jungle temple
The jungle temple
Showing off our Baci Ceremony stringe
Showing off our Baci Ceremony strings

CULTURAL IMMERSION

Elephant Camp
Elephant Camp
Water Puppet Show
Hanoi Water Puppet Show
Lanna dance
Lanna dance
Ancient musical instruments.  That IS an elephant carved on the end of that bow
Ancient musical instruments. That IS an elephant carved on the end of that bow
One of the marriage stories in the museum of Art and Ethnology
One of the marriage stories in the museum of Art and Ethnology
From night markets...
From night markets…
To rice paddies, we saw it all
To rice paddies, we saw it all

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
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INCREDIBLE FOOD
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Judging from their rounded bellies, I think these apsaras just finished a Road Scholar trip!
Judging from their rounded bellies, I think these apsaras just finished a Road Scholar trip!

I’ll give your eyeballs a rest, and stop with the photos.
You’ll just have to take my word for it, this trip was AMAZING!

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Shelley

I am intensely curious, with a spirit of adventure that is tempered by my very strong aversion to anything with potential to cause pain. I love travel, photography, reading, gardening, yoga, music and propelling myself through space (biking, dancing, walking, dancing while walking). I've never considered a lack of proficiency in any of the previous activities to be a hindrance, counting on abundant enthusiasm to make up for my shortcomings.

3 thoughts on “Why I Love Road Scholar!”

    1. 2 weeks with global volunteers after Mike leaves. I just learned the school only has squat toilets. Good thing I brought skirts!

      Too bad the weather in Hanoi isn’t as great as in HoiAn

      Shelley

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