Travel Theme: Relaxing

Southeast Asia is notorious for sleepy persons snoozing in any crook or cranny they can find. There seem to be extra points for finding a way to sleep on the job! I don’t blame them. With the high afternoon heat, taking a load off and throwing your feet up in the air sounds like a…

Why I Love Mail (and Hostelworld!)

I’ve been living and traveling abroad for about 3 years now. That means my excitement for receiving any sort of mail has quadrupled from normal levels! Sometimes it’s those little things that keep you feeling connected even when your feet are telling you otherwise. But what’s even better is when I get a package full…

5 Steps to an Awesome Night on Koh Samet

Everyone has his or her favorite getaway, and mine is Koh Samet. Since it’s mainly a relaxation spot for Thais, the beaches are still relatively clear and clean (nevermind the recent oil spill, that’s another story!) and the locals are still happy to see you. The bungalows are cute and cheap, even if pestered by mosquitoes…

Travel Theme: Through

Through the eyes of children, places take on a peculiar light–whether fantastical, frightening, or anything in between. Sometimes, when I’m exploring a place, I am caught off guard by the whimsy of children, reminding me to look deeper. At Bayon Temple in Angkor Wat complex, Cambodia, two children peek through a window as they play…

Exploring Wat Pho

Wat Pho is one of my favorite temples in Bangkok. It’s the first temple I always take visitors to see, so I have been here many times! But every time I visit, I see it with new eyes and new heart. Wat Pho is one of the most famous temples in Thailand, containing the largest…

Fire Dancers on Koh Samet

The fire shows really are the highlight of a night in Koh Samet, absolutely free and absolutely amazing. There will be jugs of fuel dotted around the perimeter, and the dancers or fire spinners will simply dip the wicks in and set them ablaze! Watch your cameras, you might get a bit of gas splash…

De Burcht van Leiden

A friend of mine is just about to make the trek over to the Netherlands to finish his Masters studies in Leiden. Now, Leiden has an incredibly special place in my heart. A few years ago, finishing my undergraduate degree, I got this crazy idea in my head to study abroad for my last term.…

“Home Is Where the Heart Is”

I had been really good at posting regularly, and then had a minor freak-out about my thesis… okay, I’m still freaking out! I have been really busy writing away, and on top of that I have had some opportunities to volunteer a bit of my time for some great causes in and around Bangkok. All…

Thai Donuts

This is an ode to a sweet street food sensation. An ode to little pillows of dough, with airy pockets and a slight greasy ooze that, let’s be honest, everyone secretly loves. An ode to the little unsmiling man who drops dough in spattering oil, only to pull out these heavenly Thai donuts that leave…