March 2012

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 with the life I’m living, and I’m very […]

March 18, 2012 Continue reading…

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 thinking of all that I love and miss about my home state of California. The stifling dry […]

March 16, 2012 Continue reading…

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 colors as the sun sets over the sea. It’s a far cry […]

March 15, 2012 Continue reading…

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 idiosycrancies of common Thai ingredients in a serene suburban kitchen. After watching a […]

March 14, 2012 Continue reading…

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 here? He’s already found me out, and I haven’t even […]

March 12, 2012 Continue reading…

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 then napping on the beach as sun blazes overhead. With only footpaths to get around the island, most people […]

March 9, 2012 Continue reading…

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 Australians. Much of Seminyak’s allure is tucked away behind the glass windows of European-esque boutiques or the […]

March 8, 2012 Continue reading…