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Iranians, Iguanas, and Islam

The past week has been inadvertently dedicated to learning. My mind has been filled, literally. I can’t quite keep track anymore with the different names, dates, places, flavors, and concepts floating around within the borders of my skull. Bottom line: Malaysia is wonderful. I am growing like a jungle tree here  (minus the fungus and…

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Thoughts from the jungles of Penang, Malaysia

I was in the jungle for four days. I slept on a wood floor with geckos and jungle insects, falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle, which at times elicited PTSD-like reactions from my Amazon days. The “jungle house” was surrounded by a fruit and rubber tree plantation, in an area ruled by king…

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Reflections on Thailand

My optimism about “layers of culture” in Ko Tao quickly disintegrated as soon as I started trying to access those layers. Overall, Thailand didn’t win my heart.  The places I visited–the places that most people visit–were not, in many ways, very different from any other beach destination or tourist spot in the world. Thailand is…

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Ko Samui, where the livin’s easy

A cockroach the size of an oreo just crawled across my white bedsheet, which smells either like laundry detergent or embalming fluid, I can’t decide. I am writing this post with one hand; the other is holding fast to my shoe to launch a defensive strike against the next cookie sized roach that comes my way. This…

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Diving on Ko Tao

Sorry for the lull in blog posts: it’s rough here. I couldn’t really find time for computer-world, with the packed schedule I’ve been adhering to: Wake up Eat delicious Thai food Go diving Sunbathe Eat more delicious Thai food Socialize Sleep Repeat It’s been tough. Finally, I’ve been able to pull myself away from the…

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Once upon a time, on the streets of Bangkok…

…four silly Couchsurfers went out in search of food. The travelers, each from a distant land far far away, all agreed on one thing:  they were hungry.  They were really quite hungry, and decided to venture downtown to  a night market.  It was closed.  So they searched and searched, and finally found some squid-on-a-stick, which was…

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Service Announcement

**I have uploaded and embedded videos from my trip in Myanmar, so if you go back through Myanmar posts, starting with “The Train. The zoo,” you will see video clips from my trip. Sorry the clips are so short sometimes, but when battery-charging capabilities are limited, so too are my recording-intervals. I am still in…

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