Travel: it's all about the shopping

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For someone who isn't obsessed with gathering objects, I spend a vast amount of time shopping. Not that I'm picky--really, I'm not--it's just that I don't have a reason to own anything I don't really like.

And travel is all about shopping. Though one can do research "up the ying-yang," as my friend Sioux Hemm would say, still one can't understand one's needs until one actually gets to a place. Angkor was a really good example. I went there in 2007 without knowing how ridiculously hot and dusty it was, even in January. I had exactly one dress that was suitable. Otherwise, I had hot, tight capris. Shorts weren't acceptable--these are working temples--so I spent a lot of time trying to find loose comfortable clothes to wander around the ruins of Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and the Bayon.

And as a vegetarian, I can't eat any food that presents itself. And I spend a substantial amount on supplements and western foods..

So here's my latest haul. BTW I loooove the sneakers!!!!!

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People who like their fish really fresh can check out the local DaZhang supermarket at Splendid Mall...

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...but choose your prey with care.


Note the dead fish in the tanks and the ones with the blotches of fungus growing on their skins...

I don't think these turtles are destined for a child's aquarium or a backyard pond.

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The stuff of nightmares, not nibbling as far as I am concerned.