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

By DH Koester

The light, 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 previous 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 conflict and genocide. The author's direction took him via Thailand's northern hill nation, directly to Cambodia and Laos and eventually Nepal and India. event intensely profound moments in Laos and Cambodia, take a seat alongside the mum 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 awful 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 gradual loss of life in an island bungalow at the Gulf of Thailand, think the heart-wrenching soreness of a tender girl's cremation and at last, the sentiments evoked while environment one’s eyes for the 1st time upon the Taj Mahal.

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