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!]
Do you or someone you know work for an electronic or print publication?
Consider hiring me to write for it!
Here are three options:
1. Swim around in the fifty or so articles already posted on this blog, and select one to fifty to buy and re-print in your publication. I am fully open to editing, should there be ways to make what I’ve already written more fitting for your readership. There’s [...Read More!]
Each full moon on steamy Haad Rin beach, Thailand, 10,000 to 40,000 people go absolutely mental. I was terrified to attend, hearing so many cautions, but as the moon swelled over the week of September first, the gravitational pull of every other traveler made it seem just plain foolish not to join. So I went!
. I loved it! And as a result, my shoes were thrown up upon [...Read More!]
I’m no moocher, but– oh wait, I totally am. But the reality is that I have eight months of travel ahead and limited savings. Now, thanks to the amazing kindness of old and new friends along my first month’s path, I have been able to save loads of loot. Every day in Thailand so far I’ve spent about $30: $12 for housing, $14 for food and [...Read More!]
“For your safety and security, this party is for Westerners and Foreigners only.” What do you think about this? What are the reasons behind it? Safety in what sense?
In many “developing countries” with gorgeous natural resources, there are mini tourist-only playgrounds (some say “backpacker ghettos”) nestled in delicious strips of beach or hills. The idea is that tourists with money come to play… and want to be [...Read More!]
You are minding your business on the dirty town center beach, climbing jagged rock faces to try to get to the first of the pristine hidden beaches of Ko Phan gan which are tucked miles apart, wedged behind the rockin’ town, accessible only by boat or jungle trek. You are getting extremely sweaty, dirty, and persecuted by weird dog packs.Suddenly: “You want water taxi?” says the Thai man, holding up a [...Read More!]
1. It’s September. Who ARE these tourists?
I’ll tell you one thing: they ain’t Americans. I’m the freak again! Woo hoo!They are, however, a ton of Europeans (English, Irish, German, Italian, in that order, I’d estimate), Aussies, Israelis (tons!), and Canadians.
On the boat to Ko Samui, I had a lovely chat with a Colombian couple who have been travelling for ten months (!!!) to every country ever created (including [...Read More!]
Let’s call it like it is: I’m bopping around the crazy southern Thai Islands. I taught summer school all July, man– this is my vacation time! And I like it.
So. Five hour bus from Phuket to Surat Thani Saturday, then two hour ferry to legendary Ko Samui: the heart of the Thai tourist islands. McDonalds! Starbucks! Pizza Hut! Cars, modpeds, people everywhere! T’is a big (some say tourist-destroyed) island, and all [...Read More!]
The story that emerged as Nate (in her taxi-service capacity) drove me from her restaurant to the Phuket bus stop was inspirational. But was also a desperately welcome antidote to the uncomfortable Older-Western-Man-funding-Younger-Thai-Woman situation thick on the island.
Nate grew up in a rural [...Read More!]
Ok, let’s be honest: I would love to have as many people as possible reading this here stuff. Help out by spreading the word! If you have a friend who procrastinates at their computer for hours a day, suggest this site as a means of further procrastination! If you have a chum with journalism links, throw me their way so I may one day perhaps become increasing published [...Read More!]