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Death Railway’s End and the H.I.V Staircase

The official name for the Death Railway was the Thailand-Burma Railway when it was being constructed. It was going to be used to move supplies from Japanese-occupied Thailand to Myanmar, one of the many British territories conquered by Japan in WW2. I wasn’t certain if the rail was ever completed, though I did find it…

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The Bangkok Days: That Time I Got Hit By a Car

It wasn’t until the third ride back from the hospital that I finally asked him what had happened.  “Oh, I’m so sorry,” he said in a voice I knew by now was of genuine remorse, “I put something in . . .”  He motioned to the glove compartment in front of my passenger seat, not…

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Weekly Reblog #16: Why Do I Come Here? [Antarctica]

Why Do I Come Here? | brown paper blue ink “I come here because it frames my whole life from a totally different perspective, because it makes me appreciate little things I can’t have . . . It makes me appreciate things I don’t like . . . It makes me appreciate my family and…

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Weekly Reblog #4: Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek | TravellerXpedition “The Everest Base Camp trek takes about three weeks and reaches a maximum height of 5,545m at Kalapattar offering fine views of Mt Everest. The trail involves a tremendous amount of up and down walking. The trek has a number of stunning attractions which include spectacular scenery, monasteries and…

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Weekly Reblog #2: Steve McDonald’s Guide to Not Dying in Scary Countries

  Steve McDonald’s Guide to Not Dying in Scary Countries | Backpackology “In my life, I’ve had the fortune of visiting forty-four countries, and if I were forced to write down my favorites, you might mistake it for a list of Government Travel Warnings . . .  . . . The fact that I’m still alive…

“Don’t go there. You’ll get blown up.” – Hat Yai, Thailand

“Oh, don’t go to Yala/Hat Yai/anywhere in the south.  You’ll get blown up.”  This seemed to be a common sentiment among many of my students and even my Thai teaching partner before I left Bangkok.  And then there was a bombing in Hat Yai a few days before my arrival that I read had killed…

14.02.2012 – Bombings in Bangkok, Life Goes On As Normal

[Read the Bangkok Post article here] Today at 14:00 Bangkok time, a bombing took place in an area of the city called Ekkamai. As the story goes this far, it was an Iranian man who threw one bomb at a taxi. When police arrived, he attempted to through another bomb at them. Instead it hit…

Oh, there’s a red light district around the corner? I probably shouldn’t go there.

“When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.” – Mae West I had come into Bangkok relatively blindly.  As in I hadn’t even heard of Khao San Road prior to arriving.  Being as large a city as it, I had no idea where I would end up…