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
Yup, you read that right. Ok, it’s not that new. I got it in August. I had been thinking about this for a while. I thought I would wait until a milestone, like my 30th birthday. Then I quit my job and came to Thailand. I was taking this chance, embarking on a new adventure. I realized this birthday, my 28th, would be the first … Continue reading I got a tattoo!
I’ve been told that if you come to Chiang Mai without going to Doi Suthep, then you haven’t really been to Chiang Mai. I’ve now been 7 times. This weekend’s most recent trip was different from the others because I walked all the way up the mountain to the temple at the top. The Doi Suthep Walkers hike the trail to the temple at the … Continue reading I Walked ALLLLL the Way to the Top
The name of this holiday literally translates to “float a basket”. And that is what I did. There are a few different ideas about what the festival celebrates. Most say the festival comes from an ancient ritual of paying respect to the water spirits. In addition to that you cast a krathong into the river to make a wish or cast away your sins or … Continue reading Loy Krathong
I love taking pictures. I don’t know why I don’t post here. More photos starting now. These go in order of our trip. First Hanoi, then Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Mui Ne, and Ho Chi Minh City. Continue reading A Vietnam Photo Essay
Our last stop of Ho Chi Minh City. AKA Saigon. Did I mention wine in Vietnam is better than in Thailand? Beer too according to my travel buddies. There’s a brewery in Saigon that uses local ingredients in its beers like lemongrass and coconut. Obviously we spent some time there. Considering I don’t like beer, the lemongrass one was pretty good. If they go to … Continue reading Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon)
This one got kinda long….oops. Traveling with my brother made me realize that I hadn’t traveled with a buddy in a while. When I was getting ready to go to Italy for 10 days by myself some people asked me why I would want to go alone. Why not?! If I always wait for someone who wants to come along I’ll never go anywhere. There … Continue reading Traveling Solo
This weekend marks three months in Thailand. I left at the end of May and now August is coming to a close. The summer is actually over, although it seems like Thailand hangs on to hot and humid for a long time. I miss having my own room, not living out of a backpack, and a life without a daily dose of bug spray. I … Continue reading Not quite homesick but missing it a bit
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