Your Visa’s Not Valid: A Trip Through Language Barriers

I am crap at ordering street food. Bangkok is practically bursting at the seams with food stalls, food carts, and foldout tables laden with 25 Baht banana leaf wrapped goodies, and yet I rarely order anything more than a coconut or iced coffee. This has nothing to do with sanitary worries or being picky about … Continue reading Your Visa’s Not Valid: A Trip Through Language Barriers

California: I Hate It, I Love It.

The first time I went to California I hated it. I don’t know why, I just did. On the surface California had everything I loved: beaches, otters, National Parks, diverse cultures, art scene, hippies, liberals, Mexican food, and a landscape ranging from surfer ready beaches to sprawling metropolises and imposing mountain ranges. Despite checking all … Continue reading California: I Hate It, I Love It.

One Night in Bangkok and the World’s Your (Strange, Exciting, Awkward) Oyster

I have been in Bangkok for nearly three weeks. I haven't written anything about it because trying to get situated has taken up the majority of my time. The other night, however, was just plain weird, and I feel like it accurately captures my life in Bangkok thus far. Six years ago, when I moved … Continue reading One Night in Bangkok and the World’s Your (Strange, Exciting, Awkward) Oyster

Indonesian Food: Beautiful Look, Beautiful Taste

I didn't really know anything about Indonesian food before coming to Bali. I knew rice was involved and I assumed dishes would be flavorful. My lack of knowledge was a bit pathetic because my brother-in-law, who is Balinese, is a chef in Bali. He works for a swanky restaurant that focuses on Indonesian cuisine (I … Continue reading Indonesian Food: Beautiful Look, Beautiful Taste

Traveler or Tourist? (Probably Part 1 in a Series of Posts)

Something that came up in my recent workshop was the difference between a traveler and a tourist. We didn’t decide on any exact definitions, but we summarized that a tourist is just passing through and wanting the bare minimum taste of an area, while a traveler wants to be immersed in the culture. Basically: tourist … Continue reading Traveler or Tourist? (Probably Part 1 in a Series of Posts)