Photo Essay: A Day at the Ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand

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When you come to the end of a trip around Southeast Asia, you will likely be thoroughly “templed-out”. Even though I was beyond done with seeing temples and ruins of temples, on my last day in Southeast Asia, I decided to take a day trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. It proved to be one of […]

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Eating in Southeast Asia: The Most Memorable Foods I Tried

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I don’t think there was one aha! moment where I transformed from a picky eater to a more open one, but travel certainly expedited the transition. Over time, I found that new worlds opened up to me when I tried unfamiliar foods and that food was often an entryway into the history and psyche of […]

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Getting my Solo Traveling Feet Wet in Bangkok

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“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown […]

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Photo Essay: Exploring the Grand Palace in Bangkok

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On my walk to the Grand Palace, I wander through narrow neighborhood streets, enjoying the stillness and relative coolness of the early morning while it lasts. The awakening streets are lined with shops selling an array of used goods and food vendors are setting up their stands for the day. At busy intersections, I hesitate […]

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Enter Asia

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The feeling you get when you’re about to set foot on a new continent for the first time is one of the greatest rushes you can experience. As you exit the airport and head into the unknown, there is a palpable sense that the world is about to open up to you in previously unimaginable […]

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