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Taylor sent me a message the other day, reminding me of the...



Taylor sent me a message the other day, reminding me of the postcard I sent him 7-1/2 years ago. The message still rings true.

Before I die, I want…

Well, as the Rolling Stones would say, “You can’t always get what you want.”

All I can strive for is balance. I want the stability and maturity that come with age, and I want the abandonment and total lack of responsibility I had as a child.

Boo.


Donghae, Chun-gok-dong - Hwajungwon Sauna

The weather in Ulleung Island turned rough and I had a hard time getting a boat back to the mainland. All the ships were canceled on Monday which caused a slight backup in the number of people leaving on Tuesday, and on top of all this Wednesday, being the last day of the holiday, was booked full. I chose to depart the island to a different city than where I arrived from (in lieu of staying an extra 2-3 days) and that's how I wound up in Donghae... thankfully!

Being back in Portland, I’m trying to remember all the...







Being back in Portland, I’m trying to remember all the good things about Thailand. Like all new cities, at first Bangkok was overwhelming and kind of scary. Then, I became more confident and ventured a little further each time. I miss it, but it was time to get back. With the school year starting next week, it’s time to get serious about life. There are important choices ahead to be made.

Yet, before I forget, a quick list of things I don’t want to forget about Thailand:


Pohang, Buk-gu, Jangsung-dong - Pohang Oncheon

I was overnight in Pohang recently before my trip to Ulleung Island - 울릉도 - and took the chance to find a local hot spot. After dinner and some drinks with a friend, I headed up to see what this large oncheon had to offer. It was just an overnight with an early morning, but it was a nice one. I'd highly recommend anyone spending time around Bukbu Beach in Pohang to check out this place. It is large, clean, with all the usual amenities for a very usual price.

Venturing outside of Bangkok, I took a long bus and boat ride to...



Venturing outside of Bangkok, I took a long bus and boat ride to Had Yao beach, Koh Phangan (for 600 Baht). The full moon party is long over and the beaches are sparse with bodies during low season. The beach is gorgeous with soft, white sand and inviting warm water.

I begin my mornings enjoying Thai coffee, which I’ve come to enjoy, and fried curry with shrimp. Time in a hammock reading Lonely Planet has become a favorite pastime. I enjoy feeding local strays chicken and pork from my curry, from extra spoons at my table.

Going to take a ferry and bus back to Bangkok for 950 baht. I’m running short on money and my camera battery is dead, but I’m confident that my trip is not being hindered in any way.

Love. xx


I am so excited to write about the time I had at the Tiger...









I am so excited to write about the time I had at the Tiger Temple. Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is a Buddhist temple 3 hours away from Bangkok. It was founded in 1993 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals, including, of course, tigers.

The bus ride was long, but the tigers were awesome. I didn’t make any friends on this trip, so I only have two photos of myself with tigers, but the experience was indescribable. Tigers are such majestic animals, and these were very happy tigers.


Thailand has an interesting War history, which I have learned...







Thailand has an interesting War history, which I have learned more of since visiting. During World War II, the Japanese used Allied prisoners of war to build a railway from Thailand to Burma to avoid problems often involved when transporting supplies by sea. As you can imagine, there were many atrocities undergone by these prisoners, and due to this, the track became known as the ‘Death Railway.’ 

I visited the bridge across the Kwae Yai River, just north of Kanchanburi, known as the Bridge on the River Kwai. And, yes, I whistled the tune from David Lean’s 1957 film. No one nearby seemed to notice.


Traveling alone is both a blessing and a curse. It’s nice...













Traveling alone is both a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to plan the day by myself, because I get to decide what I am doing, where I am going and what I am eating. It’s also a bit lonely not to share the experiences with friends. Yet, I make new friends, and most of the time, I get time to contemplate things. Case in point, I decided to take a bus to a floating market. I finally met and spoke with a few foreigners; either traveling alone but many traveling as couples.


Like every city, Bangkok has its own sounds and smells.











Like every city, Bangkok has its own sounds and smells. Taking a stroll the first morning brought on scents like fresh cooked poultry (chicken and duck!), fruit juices, curry, and –it cannot be said nicely, but it should be said—pollution. The sounds make me laugh because they’re so foreign. Languages from all over the world are present at my hotel, including a woman at the front desk that speaks Polish. No English –but Polish! Awesome!


Destination: Richard Gere photography exhibit (Seoul Arts Center)

While not just an expat thing, the Richard Gere photo exhibition offers a glimpse into Tibet and elsewhere in the Far East. I personally hadn’t known the man as anything other than a movie star, but apparently his photography has won him some fame as well.

Define ‘pilgrim’: A person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons, or a traveller (from the Latin peregrinus). The exhibit featured ample Korean and excellent English signs, along with a liberal picture-taking policy (er, there was no policy). The spiritual journey became clear enough in time.


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