Helga’s Folly

To get the train to Nuwara Eliya we had to go back to Kandy for one night. So I added yet another hotel to my ever-growing list of sleeping places in Asia: Helga’s Folly. The Lonely Planet entry about Helga’s Folly describes it like this: “Helga’s Folly could have been dreamt up as a joint project between Gaudi and Dali. This hotel/art gallery/surrealist dream has … Continue reading Helga’s Folly

The most Asian thing we’ve ever done

Co-written by Nina has we enjoy a mid afternoon glass of wine in a cutesy cafe.  Visit any tourist attraction in Southeast Asia and you’ll notice one common factor: it’s all about the photo op. You’ve gotta have the right lighting, the right pose, the right smile (or duck face), and the right outfit.  Usually it’s a boy friend or husband taking pics of his … Continue reading The most Asian thing we’ve ever done

Goodbye Thailand!

I’ve been to 7 countries since leaving New York almost a year ago. But, Thailand has been my home. Really Chiang Mai has been home, even though the only full month I spent in the city was November. Actually, I camped overnight at Doi Inthanon. So technically, I never spent a full month in Chiang Mai. That, together with the fact that I’ve mostly stayed … Continue reading Goodbye Thailand!

Songkran!

Sawadee pee mai! (That’s Happy New Year in Thai.) Songkran is the celebration of the new year in Thailand. The year is 2560 BE, Buddhist Era. Thai people spend time with family, visit local temples, and offer food to Buddhist monks. People pour water on Buddha statues, representing purification and the washing away of your sins and bad luck. To show respect, young people also … Continue reading Songkran!