I graduated from college with a B.A. in International Relations. I studied for a semester in Australia and wish I had blogged while there! So I am trying out the whole blogging thing for my next big trip. I want to get into International Education and am traveling to Thailand to teach English until October, 2011.

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai December 20th 2011

Well folks...I've started a new blog with the most up to date information on my life. It's easier to write daily on this new one rather than this check it out!!! read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai December 12th 2011

Well, yet again, it's been a while since I updated you all on my current status....and for that, I, let's get down to business. I think I finished off my last blog before I made it to Indonesia, so I'll start there. I left Vietnam a few days early in hopes of being able to make it to Bali before I had to go to the fair in Jakarta. However, due to troubles booking my flights, I wan't able to make it there. So with that said, I spent an entire week in downtown Jakarta. It was nice to relax but there are only so many malls there for me to spend my days at. Apparently, Indonesia ranks high on the list of countries with the most amount of malls. The Grand Indonesian was by ... read more
View from hotel, Jakarta
Grand Indonesian, Jakarta

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai November 24th 2011

Why do I go abroad? My answer to this loaded question comes down to three basic reasons: 1. Getting away from it all: So many people get stuck in the grind of going to work or school and sometimes lose track of what it means to truly 'live'. Today's society focuses too much on going to school, getting a job, and paying the bills. For me, I wanted to get away from it all and really explore what else is out there in the world before I came to a point in my life where it wasn't possible for me to drop everything and leave. Whenever I talk to people about my experiences studying abroad in Australia and working abroad in Thailand, more times than not they tell me that they wish they would have traveled ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor September 30th 2011

Ok, on to the good stuff: Other than taking a mini trip to Kanchanaburi to see the famous River Kwai Bridge, I was fortunate to take a week-long vacation with my sister and two cousins. This included a floating market, Kho Chang Island, and zip-lining through the jungle. As with any family vacation, we had a few let downs and moments when we all wanted to kill each other. The first was our initial trip to the floating market. The vans were cramped and we all had to pay for extra seats for our luggage. We had to take two vans and a pick-up truck to get where we were going. After arriving and realizing that finding a place to stay wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought, we finally got put in a ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya September 30th 2011

I’m baaaack! This blog is well overdue and I’m sorry for not keeping everyone updated. A lot has happened since I last wrote, but I’ll try and keep it to a mere short story rather than a novel. With regards to teaching, things got a little smoother as the semester progressed. Along with picking up A LOT more Thai, I started to not care so much that the students were being devils because there wasn’t much I could do about it. I'm not sure if I mentioned this in another blog, but I found out that the school I was at is literally one of the worst schools in Ayutthaya. All the students that don't get into the good schools go to Ayutthaya Nusorn (A tuk tuk driver asked where I taught and when I told ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya June 8th 2011

Ayutthaya is beautiful. My first weekend here I rented a bicycle with my friends and road around the ancient ruins. They are much cooler than I originally thought! There are tons of them that surround a beautiful pond and temples. Right next to the ruins and flower market is an elephant village that trains elephants to be ridden and do tricks. As we were riding, we stopped to watch a few elephants get loaded into a truck. My friend tells me to turn around and on the other side of me there are about 5 more elephants coming my way carrying people. We literally had no where to go being stuck between an elephant parade! It was amazing...and to think that it's not even a 5 minute ride from my apartment! All of our friends that ... read more
famous Buddha head in tree in Ayutthaya

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep May 13th 2011

After a grueling 3 week course, it was finally time to travel before the real teaching started. We began by heading back to Kho Phi Phi. My friend Ashlee was unfortunately sick the entire time but luckily we were able to meet up with another group that was there from the course. We decided to do an island boat tour which included snorkling and Maya Beach (where "The Beach" was filmed). Snorkling was great and we saw many cool fish...thankfully no sharks (though one guy claims he saw two reef sharks). The guides were throwing feed into the water for the fish and one of my friends got stuck treading water in a huge school of colorful fish..she was less than happy about it, and I can't blame her. After spending some time on Bamboo Island, ... read more
Our first woodfire pizza...delicious
My apt.

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket April 26th 2011

Hey again everyone! Sorry it has taken me so long to write this next blog....I've been rather busy teaching and traveling and what not. Lets see, where do I begin?? This is going to be a long one! Last weekend the whole group went to Kho Phi Phi Island. It is a really nice place but definitely not for the mild-mannered. You get off the pier and are thrust into tiny alleys and shops and people hassling you to buy whatever it is their selling. The cobble stone roads are narrow and winding with random alleys going every which way. Lets just say that even if I spent a week there I still would get lost going to the beach. The shopping is great but be prepared to haggle because the prices they advertise are about ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket April 12th 2011

Sawasdee Kha! Sorry it had taken me so long to get this next blog up! Life has been pretty busy for the last week. Last week was our first week of class. The first two days we were taught by a Thai woman named Pat. Not only did she teach us some Thai but she also taught us about Thai culture and society. She was absolutely hilarious which made the classes really fun. Since she left we are learning about teaching, obviously. It has been really informative and I have learned a it hasn't been a complete waste! As for the title of this entry: teachers in Thailand are very well respected. We actually come in third of most respected people in Thailand 1. is Buddha/Buddhism, 2. The royal family, and 3. Teachers. So I ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket April 3rd 2011

Days 1-3 After a grueling 19hr flight I finally made it to Phuket! My cold really acted up on the plane with the lack of fresh and and pressure when landing and taking off, which made for a pretty miserable flight. However, the awesome Korean food and over abundance of new-release movies made up for it. When I landed in the airport I was greeted by a man holding a sign with my name for the bunglaow I was staying at. I got rather nervous about getting in the unmarked Toyota Corolla "taxi" with him but really didn't have much of a choice. It turns out that the bungalow was really nice and close to the airport. Saturday morning I got driven back to the airport to get picked up by ATI and it turns out ... read more
Random parade take 2, Seoul, South Korea
Beautiful orchid flower necklace
My humble abode

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