Posing on my moped

Driving into impending doom…

The TCK workers’ retreat in Thailand went really well. There were only 6 people, but the small size gave us some flexibility. I had wondered if there was enough “content” but was committed to making it a restful experience. Looking back I’m glad the time was not more structured and that the sessions were so…

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Summer travels – Chiang Mai, Thailand

I had five days in Chiang Mai. I wrote about my trip to Buatong Waterfall already, but here are my thoughts on the rest of my time there. If I had to describe Chiang Mai in one word, I would choose “green”. Even the overgrown abandoned lots have a lush green-ness, verdant and beautiful, with…

at Buatong Waterfall, Thailand

Summer travels – Buatong Waterfall

I landed in Chiangmai on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning I went to Buatong Waterfall with a few Chiangmai families, including some I’d met in Cha-am in April. Buatong is in Mae Taeng National Forest Reserve, about 45km north of Chiangmai. The last stretch of road was a narrow concrete path, which reminded me of…

Summer travels – Hanoi

Yesterday (Thursday) was my tourist day. I rarely play tourist in my travels (my touring is more about seeing people and taking part in events) but I really, really enjoyed it on this occasion. I met up with Beth, a girl I knew in China a long time ago, and together we wandered the old…

Bonfire on the beach!

Summer travels – more from Dolphin Bay

Today was our last full day at Dolphin Bay. Tomorrow afternoon Christina and I will travel back to Bangkok and spend the night there before taking a bus to Phnom Penh the next morning. I’ve really, really enjoyed our week here. Thursday (day three) was the day the whole holiday thing started to sink in.…

Palm trees at the beach

Summer travels – Dolphin Bay

I left Beijing on Monday morning, starting what will be a full month of travel around South East Asia. I return to Beijing on July 22nd, giving me a few weeks before the youth ministry kicks back in for the year. The air was terrible as I left Beijing. I’m accustomed to watching the city…

Bangkok

I wrote this shortly before leaving Bangkok – a month ago already! I had two days there and it was fabulous. I hope this bit of writing will help convey just how amazing it was, and why…. Bangkok For years I’ve had a “shelf dream” of living in Thailand for a year to study the…

Photos and stories from Thailand

I got to my guest house at nearly midnight on Tuesday the 26th, spent the next day wandering around the Khao San area, and up to the Chao Phraya river, stopping to eat in little places, taking random photos, and reading my book by the river (getting an almost sunburn that looked painful even though it…

Tanya in Bangkok

So I made it to Bangkok without a hitch. Well, sort of. I made it without a hitch my second try… I managed to get mixed up and thought my flight was 9pm Monday night when it was actually 9am Monday morning! Oops! Made a few calls and my travel agent got me on a…