Daily Wanderlust: Navann, the baby elephant

A few weeks ago, Elephant Nature Park welcomed a new baby boy to the herd — Navann. Of course, there will be a story coming, but for now, enjoy this adorable little guy! If you want more baby, be sure to check out this video of his first “bath.”

Old and Lonely: an expat tale of (not) dating in Thailand

It’s one of those thick and gorgeous nights in Bali, when the air gently whispers in your ear, the ink black water of the Indian Ocean licks the soft butter-colored sand, and you can just barely make out puffy clouds lingering in the night sky. Sitting outside at the Jukung Grill at Grand Mirage Resort,Continue reading “Old and Lonely: an expat tale of (not) dating in Thailand”

Daily Wanderlust: the coolest tuk tuk in Chiang Mai

I’d seen it before — this tricked out, pimped out tuk tuk — cruising along the moat road in Chiang Mai. “I have to get a ride in that!” I said to my friend as it motored by. Three weeks later, as I walk with people out of my favorite restaurant at Thae Pae Gate,Continue reading “Daily Wanderlust: the coolest tuk tuk in Chiang Mai”

How Mr. Lucky got lucky

I have a bleeding heart. If you know me, you know this. And, on my third day in Chiang Mai, this bleeding little heart is tested. “Hi,” a couple says, walking up quietly to the large crop of desks inside the Elephant Nature Park office. “We found a kitten and wanted to let you knowContinue reading “How Mr. Lucky got lucky”

When travel sucks

Flight One: Chatty Seatmate Suck “We’ve just had two days from hell,” an older woman says, hovering over my seat in the bulkhead as I fumble (too late) to get my headphones in my ears. “You just wouldn’t believe what happened to us. First, our flight has issues, then we get stuck on the tarmac,Continue reading “When travel sucks”

‘Twas the night before Expat Life

“You’re moving to Thailand?” It’s been since February when I knew my future would take me to Thailand and I would become an expat. For nearly five months, my life has been in this stop-wait-move pattern. Stop. Wait. Move. Stop. Wait. Move. It gets tiresome after awhile. And severely emotionally draining. Five months is aContinue reading “‘Twas the night before Expat Life”

Daily Wanderlust: Elephants!

Apologies for the slacking of the “Daily Wanderlust” for a bit. I’ve been adjusting to life as an expat in Chiang Mai, so it’s been hard to keep these coming at the same rate I was. To prepare you for what upcoming posts can include, wanted to go ahead and toss this little photo out.Continue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Elephants!”

Daily Wanderlust: Chiang Mai, Thailand

I’ve been in Thailand a little more than one week now. (Yes, my blog is behind, sorry about that.) Each night, after work, I head here, to the little line of restaurants that line the road en route to Chiang Mai Gate. There are three restaurants in a row — Indian, Thai, and French/Italian. AllContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Chiang Mai, Thailand”

The first sign

The blinking red of my Blackberry alerting me to a new e-mail catches my attention as I sit on my couch, only a few days after returning from Red Mountain Resort. I’m still happy. Still blissfully happy. I pull up the e-mail on my phone and scan it quickly. Holy. Shit. It’s from Elephant NatureContinue reading “The first sign”

Escape of the Week: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai was my first experience in Southeast Asia, and one I will always remember for countless reasons. It’s the city where Katie surprised me with an early visit, forcing me to power through my jet lag. The city which was my home base after a week with the elephants at Elephant Nature Park. And,Continue reading “Escape of the Week: Chiang Mai, Thailand”