Culture Through Cooking.

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I do not belong in a kitchen. I’ve tried to cook, but to be honest I’ve had no real interest in it, that is, until recently. Just a week or two ago, I attempted an Indian dish,chicken vindaloo, and for the first time, it was not only a success, but I actually had a lot of fun in the process. It was like a sudden breakthrough.

After this epiphany, I’ve been thinking about cooking in an entirely different light. Maybe it didn’t always have to be boring. Could cooking be an adventure just like travel?

Next Food TV Star??

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Magical Asia.

Asia is a continent that I have been intrigued by for as long as I can remember. In fact, even after watching Brokedown Palace when I was in 8th grade, I still wanted to visit Thailand, despite the cockroaches, drug smuggling, and depictions of prison in Thailand. It was the culture and visuals of the country that grabbed my attention the most.

Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Dreaming of Thailand.

Day 27: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s Prompt: WanderlustShare a photo or video that just makes you want to GO. RIGHT. NOW

Chiang Mai.

Thailand is a country I dreamt of visiting for years, for so long that I cannot remember feeling otherwise. This photo, at a temple overlooking the Thai country-side, serves as a constant reminder that my dream became a reality.

As I was touching down in Bangkok, alone in the plane from Hong Kong, the excitement filled up within me. I felt like I was arriving in Disney World for the first time. Finally, I would be fulfilling my dream.
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One Day: Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thanks to Ian at Where the Sidewalks End, who informed me of the project, I was able to join in A Day in the Life | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project by Boots and All. I’m a little late in joining, but I love the idea. Each day, Boots and All will post a prompt for bloggers to reflect on the last year of traveling and how it has shaped us and our view of the world. While I may not be able to participate every day, I am going to try to write as many as I can.

Today’s topic: ONE DAYTravel helps us better appreciate the present moment instead of always looking to the next thing. Describe one perfect day you had while traveling this year. Where were you? What were you doing? And what made it perfect?

It’s hard to think of one perfect day I’ve had traveling because I enjoy every second when I’m in a new place surrounded by new friends. However, the best day traveling this year would have to be my first day in Chiang Mai, Thailand this past July with my cousin, Michelle, and friends Caroline, Linda, and Ciara. Continue reading

Happy. Thank You. More Please.

On my way to Bangkok, during my sixteen hour flight to Hong Kong, I stumbled upon the movie HappyThankYouMorePlease. While I had seen previews for it during the winter, I never got around to actually seeing it. However, being stuck in the air for sixteen hours made it quite easy for me to find time to watch the film. And, I’m happy that I did. Continue reading

The Voyage Never Ends.

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” Pat Conroy

Today, I have been home from Asia for a month. Yet, I still find myself missing it on a daily basis, which means for me, that I will probably always feel this way.

I guess in thinking about it, I felt this way about New Zealand and Fiji after visiting last summer. I spent time there learning about the people and the language. I felt like I really understood each country and fell in love almost immediately. I guess, for me, the countries I visit, along with the people, cultures, and traditions, lock themselves inside me and refuse to let go. Continue reading


With every trip that I take, I return home changed. I’m always changed for the better after what I’ve seen, experienced, and who I’ve met. The change has always been a positive one.

That is no different after traveling to Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. I am grateful for my experiences there. But, with this trip, I seem to be affected in an entirely new way. Continue reading

How Glamorous is World Travel?

Paul Theroux once stated, “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” This I tend to find true. In recounting my most recent experience in Southeast Asia to my friends and family, it sounds extremely glamorous. Beautiful beaches in Vietnam overlooking the South China Sea, hiking in the jungle to a hidden waterfall, golden temples in the hills of Thailand, and elephant trekking through a jungle and river. Along with, learning about and visiting local tribes, experiencing new cultures, eating the most delicious local food, and meeting some of the world’s most amazing people along the way. My friends and family then all stare at me in awe, and tell me how lucky I am, and they are right.

Squat toliet in Vietnam.

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Jersey Shore: Travel Lessons to be Learned.

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I know, what could one possibly learn from a reality show like Jersey Shore? The answer: not much, really. However, with this season in Florence, Italy, I actually found that it could be quite enlightening for travelers, especially someone who is new to international travel. Which is why, I’ve complied a list with some travel tips that can be learned through watching the first two episodes of this season.
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Closing the Gap.

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Maya Angelou

Thailand. July 2011.