[Warning: This post is going to contain every picture of a toilet I've ever Instagrammed in Thailand and lots of text on the subject, too.]
On a recent train between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, a drunken Dutchman screamed, “Use the one on the right!” at me as I sashayed between the dining [...]
On our last day off, Andy and I set our alarms for the egregious and inhumane time of 8:45 am and scooted out of Chiang Mai city until we hit the San Kamphaeng hot springs about an hour later. We passed all sorts of agricultural fields of dreams, mostly rice paddies, but some miscellaneous [...]
Act 1: Hot Time in the Old Town
The pollution still hangs thick in the air in Chiang Mai, but I’ve learned a little bit more about what’s causing it. In Northern Thailand, there is a strong tradition of burning trash, fields, forests, really anything that can burn, and the locals are going NUTS with [...]
Act 1: Valentine’s Day Still Sucks
Ah, Valentine’s Day, the red and pink orgy of crappy candies, ugly flowers, teddy bears, and awkward boxers in no way relevant its namesake martyrs with no connection to romantic love. How a poem by Chaucer spiraled into a veritable clusterfuck of cheesy, cupid-covered [...]
Taking sight-seeing pictures at the Royal Floral Expo.
I don’t quite understand the appeal of many major tourist sites and bucket list items. Sure, I’ve sat before the Ryoanji Temple’s zen rock garden and pondered the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, but those have mostly been disappointing [...]
I recently finished reading The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, which is a work of speculative fiction set in Bangkok, Thailand during a post-petroleum era of flood, famine, blight, and plague. In this future, all produce, some animals, and even some humans are genetically-modified and most of the foods we [...]
Fruit from the stand next door. Six fruits makes about a wine glass of juice.
I thought I would cook everyday in Thailand. When I pictured life here before leaving home, I factored in my perceptions of how a wealth of time and access to inexpensive [...]
My Mom and sister said I needed to update about my general life for the people who care about me back home, so here goes.
The dust has settled in Chiang Mai. Our blue, grey, and black bachelor pad feels like home. We’ve started Thai classes, and I can almost order lunch [...]
An ancient moat and wall surround the periphery of the old city Chiang Mai, Thailand, the remnants of an era when the Burmese army posed a significant threat to the well-being of the capital of Lanna.
On New Year’s Eve, the city shuts down part [...]
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