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March 2012

Eureka! The California Mix

When I'm traveling and people ask me where I'm from, I say "California." And no matter where I am in the world, it's remarkable how many people reply either in song or by exclaiming Hotel California! My friend Rex is the ultimate mix tape...
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Postcard from the Bangkok flower market

A note to any potential suitors: fresh flowers are the one thing that I ALWAYS want. It doesn't matter if it's my birthday, an anniversary or just a rainy Saturday morning or a sunny Tuesday afternoon: a bouquet of flowers (anything but roses,...
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The details of the Grand Palace in Bangkok

"Look at this attention to detail, even where you can't see it. Steve Jobs would be proud." Sure enough, my friends--an engineer and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, if you couldn't tell--were right: the craftsmanship was exquisite, even...
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How to not look like a backpacker while living out of a backpack

“It hurts to be beautiful,” my mother told me as I squirmed the first time she plucked my eyebrows.  That’s the beauty mantra I’ve grown up with: anything deemed comfortable automatically makes me suspicious. I don’t believe in “travel clothes” and...
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Finding comfort in cathedrals in Asia

A sense of calm overcomes me as I dip my fingers into the basin, and make the sign of the cross before kneeling in front of the altar and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. I’m not Catholic, and I’m not particularly religious. But I do believe that...
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Postcard from Tonsai

If Railay is paradise for outdoor adventurers in Thailand, then Tonsai is heaven for their dreadlocked younger brothers. It's the major budget alternative to the resorts lining Railay East and Railay West, with very basic bungalows reaching...
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What I really did in Chiang Mai

Lest you think that my travel life is one continuous stream of swim and surf, I'd like to share the week I spent in Chiang Mai in which I did nothing but write, eat and hang out with other bloggers. It was a recharging week that I desperately...
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This is your life.

I get a little uncomfortable when people tell me they’re jealous of my life or that they’re really impressed by what I’m doing: as far as I'm concerned, all I'm doing is living life, no matter where in the world I happen to be. I’m very happy...
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California, I’m coming home

At a dinner with other travel bloggers and long-term travelers in Chiang Mai, someone asked what we all disliked most about home. Complaints flew about the bleak weather, the loud politics, the close-minded attitudes. I sat silent, instead...
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Postcard from Ko Phi-Phi

It's easy to see why Ko Phi-Phi has been exploited as a backpacker heaven: it's the perfect paradise backdrop for a multitude of sins. Palm trees sway as reggae beats rock, bicycles navigate the narrow unsealed roads and the sky bursts into brilliant...
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