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My 2013

When I returned to Bangkok in late 2012, I found a note in the pocket of a jacket I had brought from the US.  I don’t know when it was from, but the written message was ‘moving forward’.    I tried to apply it as much as possible, trying to accept, among many other things, the…

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My 2012

Bangkok, or Krung Thep in Thai, meaning ‘City of Angels’.  I’ve been living here for a year and two months now.  Setting aside trips to Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and the U.S. in that time, this is the longest I’ve stayed in one place in the last 5 years.  And, in all likelihood, I’ll be here…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

On a spur of the moment trip I couldn’t back out of due to Priceline having my credit card, I made the short trip from Grand Rapids over to Windsor, Ontario. My friend Jeff was supposed to come with me, but after over 20 minutes of pounding on his door, bedroom window, and calling his…

A Reminder of Why I’m a City Person: A Memory

An old update from 2008 I found: So last night around 7:30, I was driving through southern Mississippi, and had been driving for about 9 hours, so I decided to pull off for some food. Instead of just going for McDonald’s or some other crappy fast food like the Huddle House (would anyone actually eat…

My One Bad Hostel Experience

During my first large solo trip ever, I was 18 and backpacking through Greece.  I got off the overnight ferry from Athens to Heraklion around 5am, declining some other Americans’ recommendation of a hotel, as my Lonely Planet said there was a cheap hostel in town. I passed the few morning hours before everything opened…