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I Could Have Died Abroad

April 22, 2013
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I Could Have Died Abroad

I’ve faced many dangers and near misses in my travels. Some of my own creation. Some of circumstance and environment. But regardless, it’s pretty amazing I’m still alive and in good health given what could have happened and what I didn’t do to avoid placing myself in those situations. Let’s take a look back...
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Exponential Possibilities

February 19, 2013
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Exponential Possibilities

It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last, I spent way too much time thinking about what it would be like to win the lottery. It’s funny how just a couple extra zeros added on to my bank account balance would alleviate a lot of stress (and create a whole new...
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On Wanting to Accomplish Something

November 3, 2012
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On Wanting to Accomplish Something

Despite my best efforts, I gage the value of my life more by others’ perceptions than my own. In this sense, I’m a walking, talking contradiction. For you see, many people believe I’m living the dream, as a free spirit, traveling the world. But just as many, myself included, find this lifestyle wanting. I...
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Why Do You Laugh?

September 23, 2012
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Why Do You Laugh?

There’s something I really haven’t understood in all my travels. Let me set the stage. I’m in Ao Nang, Thailand, walking along a street comprised of the same tacky t-shirt shops, restaurants, tailors, massage parlors, and pubs. I’m wearing my Korean “the foreigner is coming/leaving” shirt with my Nakhon Si Thammarat Buddha pendant. I’m...
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Thailand, I Hate You

September 15, 2012
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Thailand, I Hate You

I could deal if this were simply a matter of a few (or several, I don’t know) dishonest scum walking this Earth seeking to rid honest trusting people of hard-earned money. I could deal with that. But in Thailand, scams are institutionalized, condoned and encouraged by those in authority. Let me give you an...
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Bai nai?

September 3, 2012
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Bai nai?

“Where are you going?” nearly every Thai person I’ve ever encountered has asked me, sometimes reverting to the popular Thaiglish “Where you go?” I wish I had the language skills to explain that I was staying in this area for a few days and had no desire to accept a ride on the back...
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It’s not my life… yet

August 7, 2012
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It’s not my life… yet

I’ve often spoken in this blog about finding the right balance in life to excel in travel yet maintain a sense of home and family. Although I am currently on the road with no responsibilities, I could have imagined a time when I would consider travel secondary to a stable job, mortgage help and...
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There are days…

July 7, 2012
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There are days…

There are days in which I do things that defy common sense. I don’t know what it is exactly that brings these urges out. All I know is, when I was in Vegas and feeling particularly down that a friend bailed on me and I lost a few hundred at the tables, I didn’t...
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Letter to my Family

July 6, 2012
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Letter to my Family

I appreciate your concern. Really, I do. But I want you to understand your expression makes me feel bad and doubt my choice in lifestyle. Why are you so worried about my future? Do you want me to have the same quality of life you when you were my age, or better? What were...
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Thoughts in the Redwoods

June 22, 2012
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Thoughts in the Redwoods

I had the opportunity to stay at a Buddhist monastery this week. Although it wasn’t my first time at one in the Theravada forest tradition, there were marked differences between it and my experience in New Zealand. As the caretaker, I was a fully integrated member of the community at Vimutti, one of only...
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