Early

I’m in Laos now, in Luang Prabang. I officially leaned that you do not pronounce the “s” at the end of Laos. A little hunger is growing. It’s the latter part of the 7th hour and I’ve been up since 4:45. A 9:30pm bedtime proved that I’ve gotten into some unexpected sleep early, rise early routine. We […]

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Waste

It’s 12:30am. The room went dark a while ago, I can’t remember when. I’m lying in a 20-bed dormitory in Chiang Mai’s city center and I’m nursing my first anxiety attack ever. It’s only beginning to subside after two and a half hours. Tomorrow is day two of Songkran, the raucous three-day water festival celebrated […]

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Songkran: Call of Duty Style

Songkran is the raucous 3-day water festival celebrated by Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, recognizing the Buddhist/Hindu Lunar New Year. It was a damn good time filled with imitation Super-Soakers and plenty of Thai Rum. I channeled my inner 10th grader and played the city-wide water fight in 1st person shooter mode. -S Photo: […]

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Bazaar Bangkok

Bangkok night markets. Not what I was expecting. Night numero uno, we wimped out and went to the “new” train market, Rot Fai, which was only 11 kilometers away instead of 23. This was the result of a scarring cab ride earlier that morning that took one whole hour to drive 5 miles to a […]

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The Paradise Effect

Perception of time fades swiftly once you’ve settled in. Not knowing what day it is and not needing to know what day it is. Not having to change your clothes or brush your hair, not having to take care of yourself like they do in the ‘real world’. Just existing. Not much more than basic […]

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A Political View from Abroad

Watching the presidential race unfold abroad is an eye opening experience. As I speak with people from all over the world, all walks of life, all financial situations, all kinds of political systems, I’m gaining a powerful perspective on what’s going on in the states right now. When I left the states, the Trump campaign […]

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My Myanmar

Often timid, always tender, Burmese people exude honesty in the face of changing politics. Proud and loyal, but sincerely critical, they are the first to know Myanmar is on the brink of something great. Traditional face paint marks the cheeks of the majority of Burmese. What looks like war paint is actually a beauty product, […]

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