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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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What Now? Part II

You may or may not have heard the news: MY PARENTS ARE COMING TO THAILAND. Mind. Blown. I know it may sound totally normal and not weird at all but considering my parents’ past vacation/international travel experiences (of which they have had very few in the last 20-something years) this is a big deal. I …

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How Bangkok Has Changed Me (A List in Progress)

In honor of my five month anniversary with Bangkok I’ve decided to enumerate the ways in which Bangkok has changed me: 1. The way I speak Living in a non-English-speaking country has, in many ways, changed my main methods of communication. Non-verbal cues and hand signs have become vital if not essential in day-to-day dealings …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

“HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED” – Chris McCandless People tout solo travel as an important path towards self-awareness and growth. It’s true that being out in the world alone can be deeply empowering, but most of the time it’s empowering because of the people you meet when you’re out there. I’m here to argue that …

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The Great Vortex in the Sky Part 2

There is nothing like spending 17 hours in the sky to remind you of the relativity of time. I was sucked up into the night just like last time and spent my first flight to Taipei alternately sleeping, eating, reading, and watching movies. My fingernails grew and a scab I had healed over but otherwise …

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Athens, You’re Breaking My Heart

I thought I could just slip out the door unfazed and unnoticed but you called to me…You told me to come back even after I thought we’d said goodbye. I thought I was done with you a month ago – nay, TWO months ago – but you reached for me and promised me you would …

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#WHATNOW?

You guys! I’m so excited to be back on the blog (as they say?)!! If you remember Wallaby Way from 2010 you will probably notice a few changes: Obviously the title was no longer relevant since I definitely won’t be blogging from Sydney this time…Plus I switched out the photo banner and brought my “about …

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34° South to 34° North

“Devastated” doesn’t even begin to describe the way I felt about leaving Sydney. I think Jordan and Josh can attest to this fact: They drove me to the airport that fateful morning and held me as I openly wept onto their shoulders. Jordan, eyebrows crinkled in empathy, continually insisted, “don’t cry – we have so …

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Transitions to the Tune of “Tradition!”

These last few days have been a blur…I moved into 3 Creek two days ago by way of haphazardly setting up my bed and putting my clothes away but I have yet to actually sleep there. Allow me to explain: On Tuesday night, Lydia, Josh, Julia, and I went to Side Bar (in no way …

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