Sep 122009
Coping with Worry from Afar

I am writing this on the three hour ferry ride from Ko Tao to Chumpon so I don’t throw up.

“Did you say something to upset my girlfriend, man?” asked the red-cheeked Brit, leaning dangerously into Daniel’s face. “You looking to fight?”

“IS-RAY-ELLL!!” hollered Daniel, throwing his dreadlocked head back. All of a sudden, thirty bare-chested Israeli former soldiers surrounded him, arms crossed in bodyguard stance.

The shaking Brit extended his hand [...Read More!]

Sep 092009
Want Eye Candy? Travel.

“Why do you reckon everyone backpacking in Thailand is so damn attractive?” asked the Scottish boy, slurping his mango juice and gesturing out along Sairee beach at the bodies dancing in the firelight.

Over vegetable spring rolls, we compiled the following list:

– From the other Scottish boy: “If you weigh fifty stone, you’re more likely just to sit at home and eat yer fish and chips, cause you’d [...Read More!]

Sep 092009
Half-Naked Up a Mountain

For the first time in my entire life (excluding wee, wee infancy), I am NOT starting school today, this Tuesday after Labor Day. Wow. Today, for the first time, I am NOT a student, and NOT a teacher. Rather, I am just me, sitting on the porch of my $7 bungalow on a Thai beach, blasting Toto’s 80’s ballad, “Winds Down in Africa” to ease the aches of [...Read More!]