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My Year Abroad in Foot Selfies

Throwback post!

Some people take selfies of their face; I, apparently, like to take selfies of my feet.

They aren’t particularly cute feet so I don’t know what that’s all about, but the resulting collection of photos tells the story of my year abroad (2012-2013) teaching English in Thailand and traveling in Asia and Europe from the “ground up”.

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My year abroad in foot selfies:

Foot selfie in Chacos in Bangkok

Ode to my Chacos, an unintentional sacrifice to the Full Moon Party gods.

But at the time of this foot selfie, the Full Moon Party wasn’t even a twinkle in my eye. I had only been in Thailand for two weeks by this point. I was sitting at the BTS stop in Bangkok on my way to Khao San Road (for the first time!) to celebrate my 22nd birthday.

Yes, I went clubbing in Chacos. And I won’t even try to defend the orange nail polish. Sometimes we make bad choices.

Foot selfie amongst fish in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

I was standing in the shallows of a magical waterfall in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

I escaped Bangkok and the exhaustion of teaching grade 5 for this weekend trip to Kanchanaburi. It was my first time doing something travel-related in Thailand, and it helped to remind me why I wanted to go to Thailand in the first place. Also, thanks, fish, for the sweet free pedicure! It tickled so good.

Foot selfie on the beach in Railay, Thailand

I was SO happy. This beach on Railay down south was the Thailand of my dreams. It had been a rocky road getting to this point: I was not only exhausted from administering and grading tests during finals week, but physically drained from a bout of food poisoning directly before this break.

This is one of my favorite photos from those ten days down south. It doesn’t get better than this.


Read more: The Best Plan is No Plan: My Solo Trip to the South of Thailand


Foot selfie from getting bit by leeches in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

COOL, THANKS LEECHES.

It sucked (pun absolutely intended) because I was so excited about exploring the jungle… I had just gotten to Khao Sok National Park and headed straight for the hiking trails. Epic attack of the leeches, and here we are.

Foot selfie in Koh Phangan, Thailand

I was pretty psyched about my December holiday in Koh Phangan until it happened and then I kinda freaked out.

I think it was one of those situations when you’ve been counting down the days, creating elaborate fantasies in your head, only to lead to disappointment because reality could never match up. There were some notable high points, namely the Full Moon Parties and meeting people but overall my mood stayed grey and rainy just like the weather.

Didn’t get a tan, but I DID get a tattoo.

Foot selfie of jelly shoes in Bangkok

I got in trouble for wearing my Chacos (see the first foot selfie) to school, so I switched over to these super sparkly jellies I bought on the street in Bangkok. Rubber shoes were great during the rainy season and my preschool students loved to try to stick their tiny fingers into the holes during circle time.

Also, why aren’t jellies a thing in the States btw?

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These are my happy feet. A new backpacker friend and I were on a SCUBA boat our way back to Koh Tao after a day of diving. I want to say these feet did lots of happy dancing in the sand that same night but I can’t remember if that was this night or another one or both…

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These are my sad feet. Dirty feet. I’ve-been-on-a-train-in-India-for-13-hours feet.

Foot selfie in Bavaria, Germany

Bavaria. Stop it.

I stayed in Füssen for about three weeks working at a hostel in exchange for food and accommodation. A walk around the corner brought me to this incredible view and I had my own “the hills are alive”/Windows desktop background foot selfie moment.


Read more: My Füssen Fairytale


Foot selfie at the castle in Fussen, Germany

I finally got some time off from my vacuuming/mopping gig at the hostel in Füssen, so I spent the day exploring the castle Neuschwanstein in my fishnets. I couldn’t find anyone to take a decent photo of me in front of the castle so I just took one of my shadow. Same same?

Foot selfie at the River Seine in Paris

This was the night I sat by the Seine River in Paris and drank really bad wine with some friends. I got to see the Eiffel Tower light up.

Foot selfie of the faces at the Berlin Jewish Museum

It was an intense sensory experience, stepping across these faces that were installed in the Jewish Museum in Berlin as a memorial. Clanging echoed in the room from the metal pieces jostling each other as I stepped on them. The faces were screaming without a sound.

Berlin was my last stop before flying back to the States. Bittersweet, but I was ready.

18 comments

  1. Samantha says:

    I think feet selfies is an actual thing! I think it’s adorable. I do it from time to time when I don’t feel like taking a picture of my face haha

    xoxo, Sam | thehauntedhousewife.com

    • mishvo says:

      Hmm I actually never even thought of it as a book idea, but you’re totally right, that would be super interesting…

  2. Karen says:

    This is adorable! Except for the leeches. Gross. LOL Jellies were making a comeback last year but I’m glad that’s done! Those jelly shoes give me the worst blisters.

    • mishvo says:

      Haha yes I know the leeches one is pretty unsightly, sorry about that. I feel you, jellies give me blisters too the first few times I wear them, then they mold to my foot eventually -that’s why I love them.

    • mishvo says:

      Thank you! I don’t think I took the photos with the intention of putting them all together to tell the story but I’m glad it worked out that way.

    • mishvo says:

      Completely. I remember it even being hard to walk over the faces for very long – you really feel you’re stepping on people as they move under foot, it’s strange.

  3. Cassandra says:

    What a fun idea! I take so many foot selfies (or footfies – as I call them) and I never thought to put them all together in a post to tell a story like you did. Sounds like you’ve had some rather grand adventures!

    • mishvo says:

      Oh my gosh no way – “footfies” that’s awesome!! You should put yours together, continue the series 😉

  4. This is SUCH a cool idea. I loved how you told your stories through photos of your feet. You should definitely continue this because it was amazing.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • mishvo says:

      Hi Allison, thank you for your comment! Seeing all the positive responses I’m definitely now thinking of doing a part 2 foot selfies post.

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