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Cheers to Thailand: The End

Backpacking in Koh Tao, Thailand

I can’t even…My head is spinning. It feels like this is all happening so quickly. I’m flying to India tomorrow morning and I just keep thinking, “I’m not ready, I’m not ready, I’m not ready…” But then again, how does one ever become ready for this sort of thing? I’ve mostly just been backpacking since …

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That Time I Traveled with My Parents in Thailand

I started badgering my parents to come visit me almost the minute I moved to Bangkok. I never expected it to actually happen, but, after not seeing my parents for nine months, I walked across Thanon Phra Athit at 9am on April 26th to find them casually eating breakfast while looking out on Bangkok’s Chao …

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Koh Chang: Beach, Booze, and the Blues

Staying at Stonefree in Koh Chang was an absolute dream and I don’t mean to imply there was any sleeping involved. The guesthouse/bar/restaurant/live music venue became our home, which we soon dubbed “grandpa’s” in reference to the six alcoholic aging rockstar Thai “grandpas” who ran the place. It was rustic and communal – softly lit, …

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Thai Food: Stuff That’s Not So Awesome

Like any cuisine, Thai food can be fresh and delicious or rancid, soggy, or otherwise inedibly gross. Thai food has a wonderful reputation around the world – and I’m not trying to spoil that! – I’m only reporting on the cold, hard truth: I’ve had some experiences with Thai food that have been not so …

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Bangkok, I’m Breaking Up with You

You were, perhaps, too hard to get. I was initially intrigued by your exotic charm and foreign accent. You were interesting to me in a non-sterile sort of way, with your cracks and rats and potential for anything to happen. I should have known I would never win your heart, though. After all, you’re already …

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A Look Back at My Favorite Posts

Two more weeks, yall – then I move out of my Bangkok apartment and make the final transition from “teacher” to “backpacker.” I’ve been shopping around a bit just to be sure I fit in with my sunburned compatriots of the Khao San Road variety. Been stocking up on elephant pants, singlets, bracelets, and headbands. …

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Thai Food: Stuff That’s Awesome

The prospect of writing anything about Thai food leaves me hopelessly overwhelmed. I’ve been staring at this draft for days months now (I literally started it on 18 July 2012) wondering what direction to go in – how could I write about Thai food in an organized, accessible way? I don’t have much confidence that I …

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A Preschool Teacher’s Tale

Theng-Ning ran over to me with vomit dribbling down his chin. It was nearing the end of my hour-long class and the rest of the students were still quietly coloring away on their worksheets. Poor little guy; it’s hard to keep track of your bodily needs when you’re three years old. I wasn’t surprised by …

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