Thanksgiving

It was the first (and possibly only Thanksgiving) where we got the strange opportunity to choose our family for the day. Who did we want to sit around a table and talk about being thankful with? Tori, me, her cousin Jeffery, and our new friend Eri headed to the street food stalls for a traditional … More Thanksgiving

Loy Krathong

Big O’s hostel is owned and run by Big and his family (mom, dad, sisters, brothers, wife, and baby). Today was Big’s birthday, as well as the big lantern releasing day, so the family decided to celebrate. They, so kindly, invited Tori and I to have dinner with them. Then they invited a few more … More Loy Krathong

NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Today began Loy Krathong, a three day festival giving thanks to the water gods. We sat at a nice little bar near the Nawarat bridge drinking Chang beer and watching the elaborate parade stroll by. Our good friend Flame (who works at the hostel) joined us shortly after. We met up with his friend and … More NIGHT ON THE TOWN

GOOD EATS

My favorite kind of adventure: eating and sleeping. I am a master chef at grilled cheese sandwiches, cereal, and soup (from a can of course). Out of everything we’ve done since we left, cooking has probably been comically the most out of my comfort zone. If I didn’t work at a restaurant back home, I would … More GOOD EATS

TRUNK IN LOVE

(Title credit to the always wonderful Victoria Winkler) Bucket list: playing with elephants: CHECK. Its a pretty typical tourist activity: but hey, there’s no shame in admitting you’re a tourist. The tourist industry can be, in general, fairly corrupt. It depends on your take on things in general, but we both wanted to do our … More TRUNK IN LOVE

GOD MOMENT

It was Sunday, so we thought why not go to church? Of course, Thailand is primarily a Buddhist country so finding a Christian church was difficult. We were getting tired and hot from biking and walking around, so we decided to opt out of finding the church and just head home. Along comes George, a … More GOD MOMENT

ZIPIN’ THROUGH THAILAND

34 zip lines, 6 mosquito bites, 3 death drops, 2 girls, 1 darn good day. Also the last zip line was over 1/2 a mile long so that was cool and stuff. And yes, I do say “made it!” and the end of the video and yes I do look great in that hair net.

TEMPLE ON A MOUNTAIN

I wish I knew the name of the temple, but everyone just refers to it as “the temple on the mountain,” because guess what? It’s a temple on a mountain! Who would’ve guessed!? It truly was, once again, a beautiful and unique cultural experience. The view was breathtaking. Chiang Mai seemed so massive, I felt … More TEMPLE ON A MOUNTAIN

GRAND CANYON 2.0

Who knew the Grand Canyon is actually in Thailand!? (yes that’s actually what they call it). This might just be the Oregonian in me complaining but OH MAN IS IT HOT HERE. SO. HOT. All I’ve craved since we got here is COLD. WATER. To shower in, to drink, to pour over my head with … More GRAND CANYON 2.0