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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don August 26th 2011

He would live to look upon the western sea and he was equal to whatever might follow for he was complete at every hour. Whether his history should run concomitant with men and nations, whether it should cease. He’d long forsworn all weighing of consequence and allowing as he did that men’s destinies are given yet he usurped to contain within him all that he would ever be in the world and all that the world would be to him and be his charter written in the urstone itself he claimed agency and said so and he’d drive the remorseless sun on to its final endarkenment as if he’d ordered it all ages since, before there were paths anywhere, before there were men or suns to go upon them. - Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian Fruition is ... read more
This is normal.
Lounging on Kata Beach
Phi Phi Don

Asia » Laos » West June 15th 2011

For a moment she rediscovered the purpose of her life. She was here on earth to grasp the meaning of its wild enchantment and to call each thing by its right name, or, if this were not within her power, to give birth out of love for life to successors who would do it in her place. - Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago It’s hard to believe there was once a time when the days inched by - a time when the weeks didn’t fly by in a blur of routines and overlapping memories. There were days when I would wake up in the morning and ask myself, “What do I want to do today?” There was a point when I considered time not in weeks or months, but in hours and days. As tremendously long ago ... read more
Phra That Luang
Kayaks on the River

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 13th 2011

How does it feel to be on your own with no direction home? Like a complete unknown... How does it feel? It’s exciting. It’s scary. It’s shocking, educating, strange, lonely, ridiculous, frustrating. It’s rewarding. Thus is my life. In the past two and a half years I've lived on three different continents. Since the summer of 2009 I haven’t stayed in one place for more than 6 months at a time. The past 8 weeks I’ve been moving around so much I sometimes forget all the places I’ve been. And now I'm here in Bangkok, in my apartment, relaxing – and it feels weird. When you live a life where the only constant is inconsistency, you sometimes forget how nice it can be to stop and settle - to plant some roots, to have a schedule, ... read more
Pattaya Beach
'Pattaya City'
Pattaya Music Festival

Asia » Thailand » Eastern Thailand » Koh Chang March 13th 2011

The sky is blue and pure in every direction. The sun is total and burning and just right there, and today is a beautiful day. This bottle of beer and I are reclining on one of the many sandy beaches of Koh Chang. It’s some day between Thursday and Sunday. It’s some time between 9am and 9pm. That’s all I know, and that’s all I care to know right now. In places like this, the only time that is important is now. Everything else is irrelevant, unworthy, forgettable. So if this entry seems rambling or distracted, remember it’s not my fault. I blame it on the waves and the sun and the sand. And most of all the beer. This place is gorgeous. I’ve never been anywhere like this before, but if I had to compare ... read more
The Peaks Shrouded in Clouds
The Tourist Beach
Waterfall in the Interior of the Island

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 24th 2011

It’s so dark... Blackness… I can’t see my hand in front of my face, but there are hundreds of voices all around me. The buzz of the jungle insects is constant. It’s been like this for almost an hour when I finally begin to see the outline of the world’s largest religious structure against the dark early morning sky. The cameras start snapping pictures and they don’t stop. Slowly the towers become more visible as the darkness fades. I can now make out the banks of the reflecting pool directly in front of me. The magnificence of the temple grows as the minutes tick by, and eventually I am able to completely behold the beauty and majesty of the scene in front of me as the sun rises. This is how I began my unforgettable experience ... read more
Entrance to Angkor Tom
Angkor Tom
Overgrown Ruins

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh February 10th 2011

As I lay sleepless in my small room on the top floor of a Cambodian guesthouse, the chop and whirl of the ceiling fan above me makes me want to listen to that song by the Doors. “This is the end. My only friend, the end.” The end of what though? It seems like a song about beginnings would be more appropriate. This is my first night in Southeast Asia. My brain feels cracked and scrambled from the 40+ hours of travel it took to get here and the 12 hour time difference from back home. It has become evident that no amount of exhaustion is going to overcome this jetlag tonight, so I figured I would just write until I’m delirious again and then try to pass out for a few hours. Outside the walls ... read more
Entrance to the Royal Palace
The Foreign Correspondence Club
Park Statue

North America » United States » California » Lake Tahoe January 4th 2011

For one week out of each of the past 14 years our family has taken a holiday ski vacation. As a rule we visit a new location with every trip, and over time we have become quite an experienced bunch of skiers/snowboarders. I won’t even try to list all the resorts we have been to, but suffice it to say that by now we have visited almost every major ski destination in western North America and many of the smaller ones as well. Last year we enjoyed a great week in South Lake Tahoe, skiing at Heavenly and Kirkwood, so this year we decided to come back and explore the north side of the scenic lake in the Sierras. Our trip began the day after Christmas. This was actually the same day a winter storm was ... read more
Sunrise over the Lake
The roads under 2 feet of snow
The parking lot after the storm

North America » United States December 13th 2010

Upon writing this entry, I have been home from my last adventure for exactly one year to the day. The adventure I speak of was a life changing six-month study abroad experience in Valparaiso, Chile. In the time since my return I have concluded one important chapter of my life by graduating from college, but now with the prospects of grad schooling, job searching, and career building looming ever closer, I decided one last great adventure is in order before its time to get serious. So here I find myself less than two months away from leaving for Cambodia and Thailand. While abroad, I'll be working as an English teacher as a means to help with the costs of travel and also to maintain a home base in the region. I know most travelers to SE ... read more

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