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March 2012

Learning how to cook Thai: in the classroom and on the street

This is the story of two Thai cooking classes: one planned for and paid for and expertly executed, and other, an organic connection that sprung up on the street in Chiang Mai. At Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School, we learned about the...
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Getting healed by the Barefoot Doctor in Phi-Phi

“Open your mouth,” the Barefoot Doctor asked. I complied, stretching my mouth wide and sticking out my tongue. “Too much shu-ga!” he laughed as he peered into my mouth. Wait, how does this man know that I snuck in a coconut donut on my way...
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Railay: Thai paradise for outdoor adventurers

After the “backpacker heaven” of Phi-Phi and the sleazy unruliness of Phuket, the yet-to-be-completely-exploited vibe of Railay was much appreciated. It's an early-to-rise town, with many rock climbers scrambling up the limestone by 8 a.m. and...
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Postcard from Seminyak

Seminyak is considered one of the ritzier areas of Bali: it's not as crass as Kuta or as hippie as Ubud. It has world-class restaurants, excellent shopping and lattes perfectly frothed to meet the high expectations of visiting...
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Where to stay in Phuket: Bodega

If I could pick Bodega up and carry it with me around Southeast Asia, I would. In a heartbeat. It’s a shame that it’s located in Phuket, because while I hated the sleazy vibe of Patong, I loved the bohemian hospitality and modern conveniences...
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The life of a professional beach bum around the world

Over the past four months, I’ve been to 14 different beachside destinations*, swam in 10 different bodies of water**, gotten sunburnt twice and napped in countless hammocks. My Instagram feed is a continuous loop of palm trees, ocean sunsets...
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The reward of breaking the rules

For the most part, I have always been a rule follower. I am the daughter of a former FBI agent—I was bound to be brought up with clear definitions of right and wrong. Even during a particularly rebellious streak in high school, I still managed to...
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Postcard from Perth at sunset

The East Coast of Australia is blessed with many things--awesome coffee, gorgeous beaches, killer street art--but incredible sunsets are unfortunately not one of them. Luckily, Perth has sunsets breathtaking enough to make up for the whole rest of...
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