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Crowdsourcing: Cure for the Travel Doldrums?

I’m 2 ft away from the ocean. The tide is coming in and with each wave breaking on the shores, the water laps closer and closer to my lounger. A woman with a tray of pineapple and mangos on her head just walked by. Two local Khmer boys are playing in the surf.

It’s all pretty idyllic. A photo is attached of the little girl who sat with me for about a half hour trying to sell her bracelets. She looks how I feel, okay I still have a small smile on my face (it’s not so bad). If they’re not selling bracelets the girls rub my legs observing that I haven’t shaved in a couple days and offer to “thread” the hair off. It’s like plucking each hair, only more efficiently done with a tightly wound string. Hard to describe or envision until you see it. Yes it hurts, but only a little.

I’ve been on the roads nearly 9 months and all of a sudden that realization has gripped me with some emotional response I can’t pinpoint. I don’t think I’m homesick (where is home these days anyway?), I don’t believe it’s boredom or loneliness… I’m kind of at a loss to describe it. Maybe it’s travel fatigue, fatigue from all the constant new information and decisions. Tired of the price haggling and tight budget keeping. Temples run together, island hopping has lost some of its appeal, long bus journeys see, more grueling than adventurous. What’s a girl to do?

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Oddities and the modern traveler

We are a mysterious breed, we travelers. I think I spend about as much time trying to make sense of my fellow travelers as I do getting to know the countries and people I visit.

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Made it to Bangkok […and it only took 16 hours]!

If you follow me on social media, then you know my train left 6.5 hours behind schedule. You also know that I was quite pleased by this delay because it provided me with a few extra stolen hours to close of this 7 month chapter of Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand living.

Rather than wait a few infernal hours at the train station feeling stranded in a city that I’ve started to refer lightly to as “home,” I decided to better use my time by going to SheDance at The Yoga Tree. Continue reading


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Recipe for Adventure

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This is a well-researched recipe for succulent adventure in a tropical local. For it you will need some basic ingredients (motorbikes) and some selective ingredients (Brazilian, Czech). In either case you should be able to locate these ingredients or suitably similar substitutes in most budget hotels.

If you follow this quick-adventure recipe you will arrive at a gorgeous, picturesque tropical beach with one flat tire, a mighty thirst, slight sunburn and encased in a layer of very thick brown dust. Improvisation and experimentation is encouraged!

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Pastered in a brown crust of sweat, sea salt, and road dirt/grime. Note the very fetching unibrow!

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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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Bushwhacked

NOTE: this was written on dec 11 but due to lack of wifi is being posted on dec 14. Other posts will be forthcoming in next few days and will offer a “retrospective” on the past days and weeks in Borneo. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, comments or curiosities about the chronology.

So darn beat, bushwhacked, exhausted, rung out, wiped, done, over, whooped, spent.

This shall go down as best birthday ever [to date].

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