The Comfort Zone Project

“Life’s not about living happily ever after … it’s about living.” That is the tagline for my blog, and was the motivating factor in the major decision I made nearly four years ago to quit my job in public relations and take a career-break and head out for a solo travel adventure. It’s the sameContinue reading “The Comfort Zone Project”

5 ways to beat the Expat Funk

Just like hitting the Travel Funk, as an expat, I’ve come to learn, you hit the Expat Funk, too. Know what I’m talking about? It’s that shitty feeling when you wake up in the morning and you can’t be asked to go about your daily routine. When the things you once found charming, like theContinue reading “5 ways to beat the Expat Funk”

Spring in Chiang Mai

I wake up and walk out of my air-conditioned room. I step into the teak upstairs of my home and am hit. A blast of steam, of hot, humid air so powerful my cool flesh immediately begins to bead with sweat. March in Chiang Mai. Coming from the desert, I am well-equipped to deal withContinue reading “Spring in Chiang Mai”

The things missed as an expat

The grass is always greener. Oh, the age old quote (is it a quote?) will always ring true. Regardless of where in the world I am. Why? Well … even as an expat, there are times I long for some of the things I miss from my American life. Privacy I felt the need forContinue reading “The things missed as an expat”

The truth about expat friends

“You’re my best friend,” he says to me in a drunken slur on New Year’s Eve. “Really, you are.” I stand there, with the red brick stupa glowing gold in the night. What do I say? “Really? I don’t think so.” Never an easy thing to admit to someone whom you thought was one of your closestContinue reading “The truth about expat friends”

‘Tis the Season … sort of

Twinkling lights adorning homes. Nativity scenes. Malls overloaded with garland, Santa and merriment. That’s how I recall the holiday season in America. Nothing short of sensory overload to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” But, the holidays in Chiang Mai? It’s an entirely different story. There’s no snow. There’s no Santa. And, there’s definitely not aContinue reading “‘Tis the Season … sort of”

Winter in Chiang Mai, Thailand: when the blood goes jungle

The morning market by my house changes in November. Once the days shrink and the night comes on early, the warm clothes come out. Racks and racks of used jackets, knit caps, scarves, pants and more replace the skirts and dresses which hang during the hot months in Chiang Mai. Technically, there are four seasonsContinue reading “Winter in Chiang Mai, Thailand: when the blood goes jungle”

2013: Life-changing moments as an expat

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes/Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear/ Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes/How do you measure, measure a year?” — RENT, Jonathan Larson How do you measure a year? This year, it was all about defining moments as an expat in Thailand. Moments that changed my life, momentsContinue reading “2013: Life-changing moments as an expat”

Love, life and loss … again

No one said being an expat is easy. No one said it is all unicorns and rainbows and glitter (damn). In fact, being an expat means missing out on the lives of those who are important to you and not expats. The friends who get married, who have kids, who celebrate happy and mourn loss. It’s aboutContinue reading “Love, life and loss … again”

Rain, rain, stay: a look at Chiang Mai’s rainy season

About Chiang Mai’s rainy season Let’s get one thing clear: you cannot smell the rain coming. The air is too thick, too humid, to smell anything other than the chilis or hunks of meat being cooked outside. But, you can feel it. Like, in the arthritic sense where your bones ache. And, often times, becauseContinue reading “Rain, rain, stay: a look at Chiang Mai’s rainy season”