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Hospitals Abroad

Waves of anxiety, far more uncomfortable than my actual physical affliction, coursed through me the first time I had to go to a hospital in another country. This one was in the northern Thailand city of Udon Thani. Sitting in the waiting room with only one other foreigner visible, the anxiety builds up. How well…

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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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The Bangkok Days: Loi Krathong at the Rama VIII Bridge

Loi Krathong is a holiday I missed the best parts of in my first year in Thailand, having been on the train to Chiang Mai.  This year, it simply fell on a weeknight.  A few coworkers and I made the short walk from Pinklao to the Chao Phraya River where the closest celebration was happening.…

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The Bangkok Days: My Morning Commute – Path Two

A follow up to My Morning Commute – Path One, which I posted quite a while ago.  This photo essay follows the quieter path of winding through the alleys and side neighborhoods of Pinklao on my way to the van pickup to go to work.  Some more interesting characters and overall more pleasant, so long…

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The Bangkok Days: Fixing a Camera at Pantip Plaza

Taxi Ride:  85 Baht / US$2.75 SkyTrain Ride:  15 Baht / US$0.50 Camera Repairs:  1200 Baht / US$40.00 Tripod:  100 Baht / US$3.00 Extra Battery:  800 Baht / US$25.00 Taxi Home:  90 Baht / US$2.80 What do you do you when something as important as a camera is broken while travelling abroad?  Aside from hoping…

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Applying for a New Passport Abroad

  A passport.  It’s something that seems so trivial when you stop and think about it, but that small document makes all the difference to a traveller.  And I first got mine when I turned 18 back in 2004, meaning it’s about to expire very soon. The timing works out fairly well for me, as…