Tag Archives: Thailand

Finding Acceptance on the 515

The sun was brightening the sky around the high-rises of downtown Bangkok. It was a clear morning; you just knew it was going to be a hot day. Soi 11, usually crowded and full of energy, was not so busy … Continue reading

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I’m Too Old For This Too

Saturday was filled with activities for the kids. What I thought was an anti-smoking camp turned into an anti-drug camp but I wasn’t understanding any of it anyway.  When the straight lectures began I tuned out and headed to the … Continue reading

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I’m Too Old For This

While waiting for placement in the Peace Corps a few years ago now I decided to drive across the US. I traveled 13000+ miles through 27 states and one Canadian province in something like 45 days. My mind was still … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Everyday, Part 3

“prung nii.” Speaking slowly in Thai, Dtarn approached me cautiously, hesitantly as always. “chai. Yes,” I said. “Tomorrow.” “In the morning.” “Ok.” “8:30.” “Yes.” “Reserve, reser—-.” “The reservoir?” “Reservoir, chai. suea sii lueang.” “Ok, yellow shirt.” “Chai, chai. Long pants.” … Continue reading

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What’s He Doing Now?

I stopped off for an order of som dtom (a spicy green papaya salad) on my way home from work the other day. I typically visit this one vendor once a week, she knows my tastes now. I chat with … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day: Paying Respect

The day started out like any other day here in Thailand, me not knowing what was going on. I was told to meet at the village’s only wat (Buddhist temple) at 7:30 in the morning. This was a full hour … Continue reading

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Purple, not Pink

Thailand’s Princess Sirindhorn was born on a Saturday 60 years ago. Now on her birthday the whole nation wears purple to honor her. Thailand is a country of colors, typically worn in rotation: seven days, seven colors. On any given … Continue reading

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March 18, 2015

It was an exhausting day, an emotional day filled with pride and apprehension. This was the long-awaited day when I could finally and officially be called a Peace Corps Volunteer. I was a child when the Peace Corps was born … Continue reading

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6 Weeks in Thailand

We were 67 Peace Corps trainees in Bangkok for a weekend. We had been in Thailand for 6 weeks and had been learning about Thai culture, its people, its food and its language. We had learned how to be riap … Continue reading

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Feeling Detached

The huge Buddha was under construction. Bamboo scaffolding covered the crumbling concrete torso. The head, at least 20 feet tall, had been removed and was sitting off to the side. It looked like it needed some work too. I knew … Continue reading

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