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Away she goes.

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Yesterday I said goodbye to Anna who has been my off and on roommate at the hostel for the last few weeks (sometimes I’m traveling, sometimes she’s traveling, sometimes we’re both in the dorm with all the girls on their way to and from Thailand’s islands). [read on]

Safety Last

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Mostly Koh Chang looks like this right now but that’s pretty bleak so here’s a nicer picture of a shrine:


[read on]

Soaking on sand

Friday, June 30th, 2006

What to do for three days on a big rainy island?

1. Hang around my guesthouse taking pictures of myself.

2. ummmm… [read on]

the program

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

You never hear about a cool, dry evening in Bangkok. It’s always “another steamy evening here in BKK…” A few days after arriving back at the home base for all of South East Asia I felt my feet start to itch again [read on]

Slowing down

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

I arrived to Bangkok early in the morning last week and caught the skytrain to my favorite hostel. It was an hour before check-in so I dumped my backpack in the hall and took a shower, ate their free breakfast, then checked in and fell fast asleep in the dorm.

“Are you alright?” the girl in the bed next to mine had a Swedish accent. [read on]

Brave new technology.

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

If you are born in, let’s say Dadaab, Kenya, and then end up in Burlington, Vermont at age six, chances are you will be offered some catch-up vaccinations.  [read on]

Find the Monk

Monday, May 8th, 2006

The street looked like most of the others I’d been lost in all week.  This time I was watching for signs of the World Federation of Buddhism.  After recieving some unusually excellent directions at a dry cleaner’s I found the building and bumped into other raggity westerners.  [read on]


Monday, May 8th, 2006

After living in Asia… you trust nobody but you believe everything… if every trip worth taking is both a tragedy and a comedy, rich with melodrama and farce, it is also, at its heart, a love story. The romance with the foreign must certainly be leavened with a spirit of keen and unillusioned realism; but it must also be observed with a measure of faith” (“Video Night in Kathmandu” 1988 Pico Iyer 23).

I’m still here! Pouring sweat onto the streets of Bangkok along with 9 million other people, the Thai, the hippy backpackers, the smug sexpats, lots of TOEFL degree holders.

“You look so young and innocent now but you won’t when you leave Thailand.” [read on]