There’s a first time for everything I guess. Aside from a pinky toe, which I don’t really think counts, I’ve never broken a bone. Now I have a broken foot, and my first ever cast and crutches. After a great time tubing on a river, the klutz that I am slipped on the river bank. I thought I just rolled my ankle like I’ve done dozens of … Continue reading I broke my first bone and got my first cast!
Back at ENP for a 6th week. Baby Dokrak is getting big. The park is still beautiful. When I said hi to Memphis, the dog, he licked my face. I think he remembers me. In case you’re wondering, seeing elephants does not get less exciting. They’re still magnificent and fascinating. I watched a beautiful sunrise on the first morning. Now that the rainy season is … Continue reading I’m back at Elephant Nature Park!
I was so busy relaxing I didn’t take any pictures. In New York there’s a place called Spa Castle. You can spend the whole day actively relaxing in saunas and hot baths. It was a spa amusement park. We were given bracelets that were scanned when we bought snacks so we didn’t have to carry around any money. Spending an entire day relaxing is hard … Continue reading A WHOLE day at a Korean bathhouse
When I left New York in May I packed for summer in Thailand. I was prepared for the year-round summer weather of southeast Asia. In case you were not aware, the weather in Seoul is similar to the weather in New York. So at the end of December it’s really cold. This week the temperature has hovered in the high 30s and low 40s Fahrenheit. … Continue reading I Wasn’t Prepared for Winter
A pub crawl through Seoul on New Years Eve? Sure! Fun! The fee covered free entrance, skipped lines, and some free shots. We met some lovely people on holiday like us, or living here. Lots of English teachers. We had a really good time. Until it was time to go to bed… Our New Years pub crawl ended with us standing in the freezing cold … Continue reading 2017 is Off to a Great Start
Face masks have become a nightly routine on this trip. They seem to be really popular here so we’ve embraced it. Maybe this is the answer my skin has been waiting for since my face seems to hate southeast Asia. I’ve been breaking out constantly for 6 months. There are a zillion different kinds: charcoal, aloe, tea tree, green tea, honey, cucumber, tomato, pomegranate, lemon, … Continue reading A New Nightly Routine
Written from the ancient steps of an ancient temple, while watching the steady flow of people and waiting for the sun to set. There was a really cheesy Nia Vardalous rom com called My Life in Ruins. She plays a tour guide in Greece. The movie isn’t amazing, but there’s a part I’ve always liked. When she’s standing with her tour group at the Acropolis … Continue reading Sunset and Why I Love History
There’s a bar in Siem Reap called Angkor What? bar. Pause for laughter. Siem Reap has become a busy tourism hub mostly due to the Angkor Archaeological complex. Fun fact: Angkor Wat is just one temple in a huge complex of hundreds of temples. It’s a humungous temple though. Anyone who knows me knows that I love history, especially visiting history. I love exploring ruins … Continue reading Angkor Wat
Tonle Sap Lake is the biggest in Cambodia, and the biggest freshwater lake in all of Southeast Asia. Seeing the floating villages seems to be the other thing to do in Siem Reap. I met a few girls who were interested, but like me they weren’t interested in overpriced tours that didn’t show you the reality of a place. After a little research we found … Continue reading An Almost Floating Village
Pattaya is 2 hours from Bangkok by bus, making it a convenient weekend beach destination. There is literally no other reason to go there. It’s not a pretty city and it’s not a beach worth traveling out of your way for. Pattaya seems to be really popular with Russian tourists. It’s interesting how some places just attract certain people more than others. So many Russian … Continue reading Pattaya for the Weekend
Chiang Mai has been my home for the past 6 months. Every time I go somewhere new, I come back. That seems to be common here. People talk about getting stuck in this city, but not in a bad way. Founded in 1296, Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom for a few hundred years. Before becoming a unified country, the land that … Continue reading Chiang Mai, Rose of the North