I too, eat America

Samut Sakhon, Thailand: February 2011 Sing to me, O America, a meal song. Of fast food joints draped in neon light, or fryers still hissing. Sing to me of the slow drip of ketchup from the stained red bottle. Sing to me of mall food courts—of burrito shops beside sushi beside pizza beside hot dogs. I will sing…

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Christmas in Bangkok

A throwback Thursday post remembering what it felt like to celebrate Christmas in a country that doesn’t. December 2010—Bangkok, Thailand The plus side to being abroad? Santa comes to Thailand first. The down side? Well, I was anticipating lots of down sides. The strangeness of being in a country where Christmas is not celebrated. The…

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Bangkok: The Frenemy City

In honor of the Loy Krathong festival (one of my favorite things from our time in Thailand), a throwback blog post remembering my fraught relationship with Bangkok. Bangkok, Thailand: November 2010 Bangkok and I have not been friends. I have lived in this country lo these two months, and still we  squabble bitterly. By now…

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Best Birthday Ever: Tiger Temple

With my birthday just a week away, I can’t help but remember what was possibly the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten… Samut Sakhon, Thailand: October 2010 A few weeks ago (okay, well, this post is seriously belated, so make that one month ago**), David started asking me what I wanted for my birthday. I…

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Thailand: Tuktuks

“If just for the heck of it, take a tuk-tuk ride. It’s like traveling around town on a convertible.” –A Thailand Culture Guide On our first full day in Thailand we decided to navigate our way from our TESOL course lodging (way far out) to some of the Bangkok sights. This required utilizing not one, not…

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