Starlit Swim

Starlit Swim

It’s been wonderful getting off the beaten path a bit in Thailand. It started with Ko Lanta, which was a stark contrast to the crowded and drunk streets of Koh Phi Phi. Koh Phi Phi is one of the famously photographed bays, and even includes scenery from “The Beach”. But I wasn’t at home here. […]

Touristy Thailand

Touristy Thailand

“It’s so touristy here,” I found myself telling me mom on a whatsapp call last night.”Oh I see, like Mexico?” She asked. “Yes! Exactly… like Spring Break in Cancun. Every where I’ve been, the entire infrastructure is made for tourists. 10 hotels on one street block, and 5 bars, it’s insane!” I said. Acording to […]

Check-in

Check-in

I thought I would be tired and worn out traveling, but I actually feel like I’ve tapped into this endless supply of adrenaline. I have been so comfortable in the places I’ve stayed. I just finished a 4-night stay at this lovely hostel with comfy quilt comforters, white sheets, and dark wood bunkbeds. The stairs […]

Week Costs of Living in Thailand

Analysis and thoughts coming at the end of the month!  Day 1 50 b taxi 150 b hostel 14 b water 40 b dinner Total: 245 B ($7) Day 2 50 B brunch 531 B advance booking of overnight sleeper chiang mai -> Bangkok 20 B bag of tomatos 150 B bus to Pai 350 […]

Hum to a Tune

Hum to a Tune

Alexia always talks about practicing awareness when eating. Movies frequently reference love as a secret ingredient to a recipe. Ha- so it’s reassuring when yoi sit down at a street stall, put down your heavy pack, enjoy the shade, and hear humming as your fresh veggie noodle soup is being made. Back home, my favorite […]

Never Really Alone

Never Really Alone

I think that the biggest myth of human existence is that we experience this entire life alone. But, we are actually infinite beings. I had this thought as I was slapping mosquitos and on the verge of tears because there’s no tampons for sale in Thailand and I had to buy cotton balls, and I […]

Connotations

Connotations

Yesterday I was walking the streets at midnight with two new friends, one from New Zealand and the other from England. We were trying all of the funkiest street food. I had dried fish, and my friend ordered pork nose. She was negotiating the price.”How much is this?” she asked. “50” he said in English […]

Stop 1 in Southern Thailand

Stop 1 in Southern Thailand

Emerging the Railay coast was striking. There are jutting cliffs over the beaches, hence why it is only accessible by boat. The long tail boat sliced through the water until we pulled up onto our destination. I couldn’t believe it. This is what all those photos are trying to capture. The colorful cliffs showed contrasting […]

Balancing Spontaneity and Direction

Balancing Spontaneity and Direction

I value spontaneity. I think that if I have no plan at all, then what lessons I’m meant to learn, I will. I have this worry that the more I plan, the more closed off I become to possibilities. That’s why I showed up in India with no plan, and ended up having the most […]

Lesson Learned: Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

Lesson Learned: Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

Pai is absolutely charming. Full of travelers from all corners of the world, a true gem of Thailand. Today, my new friend Tina and I decided to rent a moterbike. We wanted to have some autonomy and move around the city easily. The first destination was a natural hot spring spot 8 miles into the […]