It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.
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The road turned to gravel as we veered off the winding main street of Bran toward the Romanian villa we had rented for the night. The air was crisp and smelled like apples and moss as my husband and I drove with our windows down through a grove of trees bursting with bright amber and crimson leaves. We had arrived in Transylvania on Oct. 31, Halloween, but instead of ghouls and goblins, we encountered a pastoral storybook setting in which white woolly sheep grazed among the outskirts of a sleepy Saxon village filled with colorful houses as medieval church bells echoed in the distance. It appeared more like a scene from Beauty and the Beast than from anything with a sinister plot ... until I looked up.