Travelers head to Chiang Rai for a handful of very specific sights: a collection of modern (i.e. built in the last few decades) temple complexes named for their respective color - white, blue, black. Niti and Jonathan told me I would be dumb-founded at the sight of them. So I insisted they not show me … Continue reading For real?! Fantastical temples of Chiang Rai
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Meeting Niti opened a door into experiencing Thailand in a way I never could have as an ordinary tourist, typically confined to looking in from the outside. I experienced Niti as highly energetic and slightly mischievous from the beginning, so it came as only a mild surprise when she spontaneously announced a road trip to … Continue reading Akha village life
Temples - or Wat, as they are called in Thai - and elephants are two of the things Thailand is most known for. Both are authentic and integral parts of life in Thailand, past and present, and at the same time heavily marketed tourist attractions. We experienced some of the resulting paradoxes on our second … Continue reading Chiang Mai: Temples and Elephants
An abundance of cute cafes, walkable streets, a more pleasant climate and even lower prices than in Bangkok. Oh, and chicken Kha Soi. These are some of the things Jonathan loved so much about Chiang Mai, the largest city in Northern Thailand, that he could almost imagine living here. I can't wait to see it … Continue reading Chiang Mai: Day 1
I'm sitting outside our bungalow, on a wooden lounge chair, beneath a giant palm tree's fan-like canopy. Finally I have a few minutes to write before we leave Tonsai. There seems to never really be time for writing, or I'm not making any. It's a conundrum: for me, travel should be about getting away and … Continue reading Island life: Koh Jum
Sorry Roberta, I broke my promise. I haven't been keeping up with blogging. My dear friend Roberta encouraged me to write daily. She knows I want to make writing a regular practice. But...life happens. The last three days have been filled with beautiful beaches, yes, but also with lots of last-minute logistics, unexpected difficulties, and … Continue reading Beach time!: Krabi Province
Cultural CenterReclining BuddhaFlower marketWat PhoGolden Mount Temple Day two in the capital. We made up an itinerary for the day spontaneously, wanting to see more of the city but also take it easy and focus on eating a lot more street food and breathing a lot less exhaust fumes. Jonathan discovered that the Bangkok Art … Continue reading Day 2, Bangkok: New art and old culture
42 hour in. After three years of making a home in Seattle I am reconnecting with the world traveler I used to identify as so clearly. It feels good. Jonathan and I will be travelling together for nine weeks. Thailand, Nepal, France, Germany, Norway. Our destinations will all re-connect is with friends, family, and in … Continue reading Landing back in the world – Asia & Europe trip Spring 2020
I wrote these four poems in August 2019, during the very first trip my partner Jonathan and I took together. We spent four days camping in different parts of the Olympic Peninsula: the beach at La Push, 5 Mile Island in the Hoh Rain Forest, Sol Duc hotsprings, and Lake Crescent. I loved the diversity … Continue reading 4 Poems: Roadtrip. Camping. Love.
Preliminary thoughts about why I write Of course I write because I want to join the ever more densely populated swamp of millennial travel bloggers. I want to be one in a million remotely publishing hopefuls inexplicably getting paid to share snapshots of the hammock they’re currently rocking in or ever-so-influentially describe the musings running … Continue reading Writing for Curiosity