Dec 192009
 
The Urge to Work

Epiphany: It only took 4.5 months of travel to get to this point, but suddenly… I’m looking forward to working again! GASP!

“I was wondering if it was all starting to get old,” my friend wrote to me, “all that wandering.”

Across the oceans right now, former students are pulling all-nighters to finish term papers and raise those GPAs up before Winter Break.

Across the Earth, former co-workers are bubbling in Term, Behavior, [...Read More!]

Dec 182009
 
In College and SEAsia: The Danger of Your Own Demons

“What does your status update about “consequences” mean?” I typed yesterday to my A+ superstar former student. “It’s really scaring me. I thought everything was going well for you in college!”

The student took a little while to respond, but at last he did: “I got kicked out of school housing for ongoing violations of school rules.”

“WHAT?!” I gasped aloud, startling the entire Thai island. “Please explain what happened,” [...Read More!]

Dec 172009
 
To the Lighthouse! (on Ko Lanta)

Ethelred the Unready re-filled the inflatable pool in the trunk of the pick-up truck. Denzel, Luigi, and I hopped in the vehicle, and we were off! Destination: the lighthouse at the very Southern tip of Ko Lanta, Thailand.

The British boys were on their tenth 80s mix CD since they departed Bangkok a week ago, and the synthesizer bass of “Take on Me” oompah-ed the hot metal of the [...Read More!]

Dec 162009
 
Why You Should Come to Ko Lanta if You’re Awesome

I was just informed by the owner of this stunning Ko Lanta beach restaurant that business in Ko Lanta is down thirty percent so far this year, partly because a rumor was started that tourists shouldn’t come to this island because it is majority Muslim.

This is RIDICULOUS!

I have been traveling for four months around Southeast Asia, now, and Ko Lanta is one of the best places I have been. [...Read More!]

Dec 142009
 
The Ethics of Unemployment

Due to the Recession, many folks I know have been laid off and are now collecting Unemployment. It’s lucky that we live in a country with safety nets! But how, exactly, do the ethics of Unemployment Benefits work?

Last week I overheard the following conversation on a bus in Southern Thailand:

British Carpenter: “So what do you do for work back in the States?”

American Woman: “Nothing now, but I used [...Read More!]

Dec 132009
 
I'm Too Old for This! Ko Phi Phi versus Ko Lanta

The moment I set foot off Ko Phi Phi and onto the ferry to beautiful Ko Lanta, my fever eased and my heart relaxed. But the final night in Phi Phi was quite the debacle!

It was four o’clock in the morning in our Phi Phi hostel dorm. Our new roommate, Andres, had finally stopped vomiting and was now presumably passed out on the floor of the communal bathroom in some [...Read More!]

Dec 122009
 
The Trouble With Ko Phi Phi

On December 26, 2004, two giant tsunami waves smashed into the tiny island of Ko Phi Phi from opposite sides, meeting in the middle and killing an estimated four thousand locals and tourists.

Five years later, there are now “Tsunami Evacuation Route” signs and a Tsunami Memorial. But the main thing you notice about the island is its exploding tourism: specifically of the drunk and stumbling type.

For some folks this is heaven, [...Read More!]

Dec 112009
 
Bangkok to Bus to Bus to Boat to Phi Phi

Dengue fever is also known as “Bone Break Fever”. There is no prevention for it except to avoid mosquito bites, and there is no cure for it except to sleep.

As I excused myself from dinner with new friends on Ko Phi Phi last night and passed out on my dorm bed at nine pm, I was pretty sure I had a case of dengue, and bad.

But back up: how did this [...Read More!]

Dec 092009
 
A New Update on Around the World!

Thrilling changes are blossoming in “Around the World” World!

The first set of shifts comes in the realm of this “Around the World” website itself, and the second takes place within the actual global itinerary.

Take a look at this latest update, while simultaneously gazing at photos from Bangkok’s nutso-to-the-max Kaohsan Road!

Change Set #1: This site now has a fancy new name: AroundTheWorldL.com !

Q: Stupendous! But… why the name change?

A: Turns out [...Read More!]

Dec 072009
 
Thailand Train: Yay! Another Holiday: Uh Oh...

In “Some Like it Hot”, the 1959 comedy ranked the #1 funniest movie of the past 100 years, Marilyn Monroe and her fellow busty “girl band” members have a rollicking party in the top bunk of a sleeper train.

Minute by minute, more ladies squeeze into the minuscule space, each hauling with them another batch of bootleg hooch and maraschino cherries. Poor Jack Lemmon is not only stuck in drag, but [...Read More!]