Here’s a summary of where I went in 2018; although none of the 6 countries were new to me, the places I visited and experiences I had TOTALLY were! Enjoy.
2008: I spent a crazy month in Thailand. My arrival to Bangkok was an embarrassing exercise in culture shock. I later got my wits about me in Chiang Mai, and took an incredible 3-day cooking class in the countryside north of the city.
Things took a dramatic turn when I returned to Chiang Mai and ended up accidentally setting up an international NGO on the fly(!), and then spent a week in hospital nursing my partner at the time who almost died from dengue fever.
2017: 10 years later, some full-circle poetry led me back to Chiang Mai Thailand. This time in Chiang Mai, I was on a very special mission to find a very important person.
Despite many similarities, there were also many (many) differences, including Nimman - the Digital Nomad Centre of the Universe, and a new installation since my last visit.
While pampering, starving, shitting, and massaging myself into wellness on the idyllic island of Koh Phangan in Thailand, I embraced the first noble truth of Buddhism with great irony: All Life is Suffering. This gripping story has three parts: The Irony, The Agony, and The Ecstacy (scratch that: The Massage).
Chiang Mai is well set up for digital nomads to spend a few months at a time enjoying its cheap comforts and luxuries. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to find an apartment in Chiang Mai quickly and easily.
Chiang Mai is the Digital Nomad Centre of the Universe, and the neighbourhood of Nimman is the capital thereof. In two months of living in Nimman, I explored what makes Nimman the thriving bubble that it is today, for better or worse.
10 years later, some full-circle poetry led me back to Chiang Mai Thailand – where I started an international NGO and nursed my boyfriend through dengue fever. This time in Chiang Mai, I was on a very special mission to find a very important person.
2017 was a year of new experiences and surprises. I visited 10 countries (seven of which were in Asia and almost all new to me). I started off in Ecuador “doing shaman things”, and ended up house-sitting in Japan, chilling in Bali, going crazy in India, and 10 countries later, finishing up in Thailand.
After six weeks of solid eating in Asia, we satisfied our hunger for Asian food to be sure! Satisfied it, and then some. Here are some highlights (and otherwise) of our culinary adventures: This post was originally published in 2008. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. Street Food in Asia: […]
Hospital Update May 30th – GOOD NEWS! Kelly is on the mend. The dengue fever has broken, and the blood tests are starting to move in the right direction. We will be released tomorrow (Saturday), in time to board the train for the 4-day ride to Singapore, with one day to spare to catch our […]
We sit in the stifling heat, beating off the flies and bees. Cicadas and crickets chirp in the hills all around, and a chorus of laughing children drifts up to us from the valley below. Fields of rice and citrus form the vast expanse in front of us, and the occasional Thai farmer in broad […]
Until recently, travelers from all over have hailed Thailand as one of the friendliest places in the world. However I have received increasing reports that Thailand’s tourism industry is eating away at Thai hospitality and the friendly nature of the people and the land. And our first few days in Thailand (sadly in Bangkok) did […]
I am in the back of a pick-up truck on one of the hottest days I’ve ever endured. I am drenched in sweat, and yet am shivering. I have vomited eight times in the last two hours; behind bushes, in filthy bathrooms, and in plastic bags when no alternatives present themselves. I suffer through this […]
Thailand(or at least what we have seen of it, being Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and surrounding areas) has a unique character and flavour. And of course, there are a number of idiosyncrasies – large and small – that lend a certain personality to Thailand that makes it what it is. Here’s what makes Thailand unique to […]
Burma Cyclone Relief Project Update, May 2008: A great big thank you is in order for all your help in our efforts to provide aid in the face of the ongoing suffering, death, and destruction in Burma. We have closed the site to new donations, as we must now get the money into the hands […]
Just in case you missed it, here is the latest news piece on the CBC National news that was put together to tell our story: We have now raised almost $12,500 towards cyclone relief in Burma! We couldn’t do it without our generous donors. If you have not already donated, please do so by either […]
Well, we’ve had some crushing blows in the face of all the work we have done over this week, but also amazing victories in the face of it. After networking like mad in a country where we don’t speak the language and are tiptoeing around making any cultural faux pas with powerful business people, we […]
It is hard to believe that we have been at this for seven days now. It truly feels like seven weeks. All we can do is remember that our hell is nothing in comparison to the hell that the Burmese victims continue to endure. For them, we persevere. We two Canadians seem to have become […]
Although we didn’t personally meet with the Royal Thai Air Force today as hoped, we have received reports that they do not currently have permission to fly into Burma directly from Chiang Mai. They are in contact with their top people in Bangkok to attain permission. Failing that, we are looking at either flying […]
As the world back home in Canada wakes up to the beginning of a new week, we are winding down on a Monday night. We are very tired. Being all too aware that getting sleep and taking care of ourselves is very important, we are trying to make sure we are well rested and healthy. […]
It has been a busy day, and tomorrow promises to be even busier with meetings with the Royal Thai Air Force and Chiang Mai Rotary club. The latest news is that Thailand is officially sending in internationally sourced aid where it is not necessarily getting into Burma through other channels. It appears we are on […]
It has been a tiresome 24 hours since my last update here and our idea to deliver aid to the Burmese in whatever grassroots way we can. But progress seems to be happening, and in absolutely amazing ways. We have now established contact with the Chiang Mai Rotary Club, who in turn has contact with […]
Hello everyone, I am taking a break from the stories I usually share of our travels to give you an update as to our activities. (Later posts updating our adventures in Bangkok and beyond will follow). We are currently in Chang Mai, which is located in Northern Thailand. Last week, Cyclone Nargis, a cyclone of […]
I sit at the edge of the bed, in tears. My head is pounding with the likes of a migraine that has not left me in two days. My eyes are closed, and I fear to open them for having to deal with my surroundings; I am in a dingy windowless room in Bangkok, walls […]