Sometimes I feel like coffee is my lifeline. At home, I wake up and immediately brew a cup. Or sometimes, my husband will and bring it to me in bed. He’s such a keeper. On the road, I’m no less of a coffee addict. In China, in the frigid winter, I relied on hotel water… Continue reading Fueling an Addiction
Skulls. Demons. Screams of anguish. Body parts strewn about. Horns. Dragons. These are things I associate with horror movies & haunted houses, not religious temples. But this is exactly what I encountered at Chiang Rai’s Wat Rong Kuhn, or White Temple. From afar, this structure looks elegant & shapely, with exotic architectural curves perhaps crafted of snow… Continue reading Art, Horror & Religion
I’m from Florida. I get hot weather. I’m used to walking outside and sweating in the heat and the humidity. But typically I’m going outside from my air conditioned home to my air conditioned car and driving to my air conditioned office/store/establishment. But let me tell you what Thailand doesn’t have a lot of…air conditioning.… Continue reading How Many Showers Have You Taken Today?
I love photography, and I love photographing well-known landmarks in a city. Capturing something familiar and making it your own is such a rush. In Chiang Mai, most of the well-known landmarks are actually Buddhist temples. Today I took the time to photograph the prominent Wat Chedi Luang right in the center of town. Construction… Continue reading Photographing Chiang Mai’s Landmarks
It’s April in Southeast Asia, and the time to celebrate the New Year is upon us. It’s Songkran time! This is my first time celebrating Songkran, and it’s been an experience that I’ll never forget. While Songkran has been known for it’s water fights, foam parties, and a drunken excuse to not work for a… Continue reading Wet & Wild Songkran
Sometimes when you are doing the city thing, shopping malls & coffee shops, it's easy to forget that incredible wilderness and raw adventure is just outside the city limits. This weekend, we decided to escape the city, and see what lay beyond it's borders. And it was epic. We started the morning at Tiger Kingdom, hanging… Continue reading Tigers and Elephants, Oh My!
You know those people who live at coffee shops & cafes? Not literally, of course, but they arrive just after lunch, order a bottomless cup of brew, and sit there until dinner time? Well, I’m one of those. I love a good coffee shop. It’s not even just about the coffee, but the whole environment.… Continue reading Trendy Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai
A girl on the road sacrifices many “vanities” or comforts of home. A boundless wardrobe is replaced by whatever fits in your suitcase. Shoes are chosen not by fashion, but practicality. And of course, when traveling on a budget, sometimes your accommodations aren’t as convenient as home. At home, I have a bathroom sink &… Continue reading Makeshift Makeup Corner
Is anything as thrilling as shopping at street market while traveling? It’s the chance to discover treasures or trash, a great deal or a terrible rip-off, a keepsake, a memory, or an unforgettable experience. It’s something we rarely embrace or experience in America. Sure we have flea markets [still not sure why that’s what we… Continue reading Street Shopping
Thailand is a country of deep spirituality, where the saying is "To be Thai is to be Buddhist". It's as common to see ornate golden temples on street corners here as it is to see mega-churches in America. So, as we began some tourism in Chiang Mai, we hit some great temple sites [Wat Buppharam… Continue reading Temple Touring Thailand