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Heaven of the North: Chiang Mai’s Temples and Cafes

For so many foreigners in Thailand, the northern burg of Chiang Mai is gilded as a sort of heaven on earth. It’s a favorite stop for grungey backpackers swapping stories and travel advice over cups of steaming coffee in bustling … Continue reading

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Big Bad Bangkok

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On a recent trip to Bangkok, I learned something. Like many people, I have a love/hate relationship with cities. I love their diversity and the opportunity. I loathe the cacophony and the musty air of exhaust mixed with concrete. Luckily, … Continue reading

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Teach me Thai

Beep. Beep. This means squeeze in Thai. The Thai language, which seemed awkward and inaccessible at the very beginning of my new life here, has become quite a fun language to learn. Playful, with plenty of repetition. Communicating ideas is relatively … Continue reading

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Bali Intermission: End of the Year Assessment Or How I Learned to Let Go of Teaching Expectations and Actually TEACH

A brief intermission from the Bali adventures…. This week marks the finals week of the 2011-2012 school year. The foreign language department of roughly twenty lovely Thai teachers is a roller coaster of silence and noise, inactivity and frantic flurries. … Continue reading

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Bali Holiday Chapter 1: Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Our two-week school break began with a fascinating, disturbing, gory, and sometimes overwhelming entree into the world of Chinese Buddhist Vegetarian Festival. Think fewer vegetables, more self-impalement. The nine-day festival is held every year in the 9th lunar month of … Continue reading

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Journey to the Mystery Waterfall

Sometimes you start a journey with a destination in mind and find out along the way, that it’s really not the destination that matters. It’s what happens along the way. On a gorgeous weekend afternoon, after lounging in the sun … Continue reading

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Weekend Excursion Vol. V: Koh Phangnan

We left Nakhon on Thursday afternoon, hoping to make the ferry to Koh Samui by the evening. After a 4 hour trek, we arrived at Chaweng Beach during a small rainstorm, secured a hotel just a two minute walk from … Continue reading

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