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Students in Thailand

Gay Marriage from America to Thailand

Dom is the gay boy in my Grade 5 class in Thailand. His personality shines as bright as his toothy smile, and he remains at the top of his class […]

squat toilet

What to Pack for Asia: 6 Essential Items

One of the reasons we travel is to experience other cultures. We’re prepared to see how the locals live, what kinds of food they eat and how, where they shop […]

Chiang Mai waterfall

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

Chiang Mai is one of my favorite cities in Thailand, with its cooler temperatures, laid back vibe and its walled-in Old Town encircled by a 4-mile mote. It’s what many […]

Indian Wedding, Varanasi

An Indian Wedding in Varanasi

Varanasi, India – RJ is engaged to a beautiful girl, but getting married is the last thing on his mind. “I’m only 26,” he said. “I’m so young to marry.” […]

Korean Air Flight Attendant

Stuck on a Plane in China

I’ve been staring out the oval window of my Korean Air jet for the past three hours. We’ve boarded, watched the safety video, had our first meal, coffee served. But […]

English Camp in Thailand

3 Short-term Alternatives to Teaching English Abroad

There are many reasons for wanting to teach abroad. Perhaps you’re on a mission to give back to a community, or you want experience in the teaching field, or maybe […]

Trat beach in southern Thailand

It’s Not You, Thailand. It’s Me.

Dear, Thailand. I hate to have to do this, I really do, but the time has come to say goodbye. I know we just had an amazingly romantic holiday on […]

Koh Kood Thailand Sunset

Thailand’s Best Island: Koh Kood

Koh Kood, Thailand – From the minute our speedy ferry pulls up to a rickety wooden dock lined with stick-built houses decorated in hues of blues, greens and reds – […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kumbh Mela From Above

Just in case you haven’t already gotten your fill of photos from India’s Kumbh Mela festival, here’s one more: This week’s WordPress photo challenge asked us to post a shot […]

Varanasi ghats India

Life & Death Along the Ghats of Varanasi, India

I watched a body burn in Varanasi. Actually, I watched about 10 bodies burn at the same time, their feet melting on one end of the wooden blanket, their skulls […]

Dalai Lama India

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Person

I’m not one to get celebrity struck. Mathew Perry was the first one I saw, not long after I moved to Los Angeles. One of my friends literally tripped over […]

Cow in Udaipur, India

Holy Cows in India – Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

If a cow and a temple together doesn’t embody Indian culture, then I’m not sure what does. This week’s WordPress photo challenge asked for a striking cultural image that urges […]

Teach Preschool in Thailand

Teaching Preschool in Thailand

I thought I was done teaching English in Thailand after my one-month summer school gig with unruly preteens, but I was wrong too assume that just because I hadn’t heard […]

Trat beach in southern Thailand

Beached in Trat, Thailand

This was my view for the majority of the afternoon today. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations for Tan Ku Bay. Since Trat is the hub for reaching […]

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