Laos: All My Souls

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By Michèle Gerber Klein

My French colonial house on the Aman resort is all elegance with long French windows and hand woven fabrics of silk, cotton and gold. In the back garden my private swimming pool is filled with vermillion rose petals and water that’s Ah! The temperature of my skin. Laos, at the confluence of the Nam Kahn and Mekong rivers is an unspoiled landscape of cloud-topped mountains rooted in the river’s rice and vegetable patties and a plethora of kind elephants half wild half tame. I’ve never been bare back on an elephant particularly in the middle of the Kahn River so I’m feeling very brave on Maya, my elephant before we emerge into the teak forest where she decides to randomly up root saplings and I realize I have absolutely no control.

A Room with a View

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By Christopher A. Pape & Anna Ryan

One of my favorite games growing up was Word Association. Everyone knows the rules and they hardly bear repeating. I think of myself as quite good at the game so it came as a surprise to me during my visit at Sedona, Arizona the word most frequently on the tips of everyone’s tongue and most linked to this beautiful city is vortex. Everywhere I went – a national park, canoeing, hiking and even when I went out to eat, the residents were enthralled with the idea of positive energy.