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Musings upon the peculiarities of transit

Boats, buses, bicycles. Planes, trains, a pied. Motorbike, scooter, tuk tuk, song teaw. Taxi-Brousseau, minibus, coach, tro tro.

Transit: the much-blighted, much-glorified, always late, blissfully on time, cause of consternation, cause of fascination… It’s the necessary evil of travel–or the invitation for zen depending upon a myriad of mercurial factors including, temperature (which directly correlates to body odor), weariness, lack of sleep, legroom, the view, the ventilation, the company, the price, duration, inebriation, padding (usually lack there of), noise, vibrations, drivers skill, restroom availability, luggage security, hunger, thirst and sunlight. Continue reading


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Grand Palace, Bangkok

Collage of all Bangkok photos. Once internet improves a link will be provided to all individual images. Thank you for your patience!

Collage of all Bangkok photos. Click below to access individual images on Flickr.

Even to sit here and take it in, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is unimaginable.

The level of attention paid to every element of aesthetic design–from the colorful glass and tile mosaics on temple columns, to the multi-tiered gilded window portages and the handpainted porcelain tiles along the low walls–it mystifies and muddles the mind. Too detailed, too much color. A complete visual immersion into sophisticated and historic riches of generations and generations of Thai monarchies. Continue reading


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Bags temporarily packed again: I’m off to Chiang Rai to the North in the morning.

Por que? To visit a fellow Duck and friend from International Studies (!!!) AND for my first meditation retreat. Good times ahead 🙂

New Year Prayer Banners and Buddhas at Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

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New Year’s good wishes hang in the Buddhist temple as signs of generousity and acceptance of dharma teachings.
On the dawn of 2013 I extend my deepest wishes for kindness and love to all. May you find new happiness within yourself, your family, loved ones and the whole world in this next year and forever.

Love from Chiang Mai & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! View the pictures →

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Finding Goodness at the Source: Pok Pok

Call it a pilgrimage if you like, tonight’s dining experience is no less than a holy act as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve come to SP Chicken, megalithic restaurant at least in the history of one of my favorite, and one of Portland’s most famous, restaurants. Behold the inspiration of Pok Pok!!!

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Flying backwards at the Chiang Mai Night Market

I love the ways experiences unfold together, happening in a great and beautiful sequence. As I look back upon my past few weeks I can’t help but be struck with the sense that everything is occurring perfectly and just as it should. That every single event leads inexorably into the next and the following after that. Simple. Beautiful.

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Day four: 30 day yoga challenge

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As earlier alluded, I’m pursuing 30 days of consecutive and daily yoga practice while here in CM. Why? Why not?! It’s not as though there’s anything else that I “need” to do and frankly, my body is calling for it; it’s been nearly 6 months since I had a regular yoga, or regular anything, practice.

…I suppose that in turning 28 this month, I realize that my health and fitness are never going to be as elastic as they are now and so I better get down to the business of being healthily, laying a foundation for the rest of my life, if you will.

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How do your chakras feel today?

I’m quite content to be alone. This is one of the magical gifts of travel: it exposes what you probably need most by giving you space to be fully self-directed, self-motivated & “selfish.”

There’s nothing wrong with being alone, and there’s nothing wrong with being selfish. The word selfish has a very unfortunately negative connotation. This pejorative implication of selfish can prevent us from making decisions that are in our own best interests. Following the advice of my Oregon Mom, I replace ideas of selfishness with “valuing oneself” and “making choices and decisions in the interest of my self-betterment.”

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Hey Thailand, Call Me Maybe

“Hi Thailand. I just met you, and this is crazy, but [I love you] maybe.”

Only 24 hours in Thailand–Chiang Mai to be exact–and I’ve got a good feeling about this place. It could be that I’ve had roommates and ex’s who’ve spent time here, or maybe that I have Thai relatives and close family friends. Or maybe it’s the food that I’ve always had an affection for. Continue reading