Anxiety abroad

“I think I have shortness of breath,” I say when I stop into the clinic my old apartment owner runs. “I just lost a friend the other week and my heart is racing and I don’t feel well.” A look of concern rushes over the gentle doctor’s face. “That’s hard,” he says, pondering what toContinue reading “Anxiety abroad”

Surviving Songkran

The stream of water from the squirt gun hits me dead in the eye. The sting is instantaneous. “Damnit! My eye!” I whimper as I attempt to wipe the water out. But, it’s no use. I’m in the middle of the world’s biggest water fight — Songkran — a celebration of the new year inContinue reading “Surviving Songkran”

An ode to my friend

Editor’s Note: Information currently circulating on the web regarding Adam’s death is inaccurate and the text written here has been taken out of context for self-serving purposes elsewhere. Adam’s cause of death was a heart attack, despite what any other posts may speculate. It deeply saddens me that his death is being used to hurtContinue reading “An ode to my friend”

Escaping Chiang Mai

Shortly after my seven-month anniversary as an expat in Chiang Mai, I hit a wall. Actually, I don’t really hit a wall, the walls start to close in around me. Dramatic as I am, I even wrote that in a Facebook message to my friend one night. “I need to get out of here,” I cry virtuallyContinue reading “Escaping Chiang Mai”

When words fail

For the last 8-plus months, I have been living as an expat in Thailand. I have been living, breathing animal rights — particularly as it relates to Asian elephants — traveling and getting caught up in the same little things I got caught up in when I was living in Las Vegas. Namely, personal relationships.Continue reading “When words fail”

When tragedy strikes the expat life

“D,” W says over the phone, hiccuping sobs, “J’s dad. He’s passed.” Muffled cries, inaudible words. “Oh my god,” I manage, feeling the pit of my stomach tighten and tears instantly fill my eyes. I think I hear her ask me to come to where she is. Even if I don’t, it doesn’t matter. It’sContinue reading “When tragedy strikes the expat life”

Fact vs. Fiction: the Thailand Sex Industry

The sex industry in Thailand is a vast and complex organism — something that cannot be defined in concrete terms. Also, the concept of ‘pay-to-play’ relations in regards to morality is subjective to the individual and their social and cultural background. For the purpose of this — a post examining the ins and outs of the sex industry (and a topic that is nearly impossible to fit into one concise piece) it is more prudent and beneficial to give a holistic description of Thailand’s industry.

Daily Wanderlust: Elephant Love

My days at Elephant Nature Park consist of a lot of animal time. When Navann, the park’s new baby, was born on Oct. 28, it thrilled me to no end. I get to spend time with a baby elephant! And, while I don’t get to see him too often, the times I do are pureContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Elephant Love”

Giving thanks

I’m sitting in the kitchen of the house where I grew up. Around me, I can hear the happy chatter of my mom, dad and brother. I hear the jingle of metal from the tag on Barkley, our old and gorgeous springer spaniel’s collar. I look outside at the naked trees against the bright blueContinue reading “Giving thanks”

Daily Wanderlust: the spectacular airplane window view

Oh, America. It’s been four months since I’ve been in this great country of mine. Two weeks ago, I made the long-haul trip from Chiang Mai back to America. It was exhausting. It was long. Damn. It. Was. Long. But, on the other side of the world, there were friends and family waiting for me.Continue reading “Daily Wanderlust: the spectacular airplane window view”