Posts Tagged: asia

Chiang Rai Thailand

The Ebbs & Flows of Long-Term Travel

It’s nearly 2 am, and I can’t sleep.  My mind is preoccupied as I reflect on what is now the last eight weeks or so of my trip.  Have I really been gone ten months already?  It feels like just yesterday I left Minneapolis.  In fact, I remember it so distinctly.  Then again, I guess…

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A Girl’s Gotta Eat: All The Things I Ate In Thailand

Pairs Well With…Pad Thai + Pad Thai + More Pad Thai We’re here.  We made it.  Thailand is the last month of the Asia food challenges.  You’ll be disappointed to know that I just couldn’t bring myself to eat the grand finale of surprises, live shrimp. Instead, I stood on the sidelines drinking a nicely…

Elephant Sanctuary Chiang Mai Thialand

Thailand’s Top 10 Thrills & Things to Do

Thailand came in as the front-runner of my four months in Asia.  I loved everything about it.  From food to adventures to the people, it was an amazing, eye-opening and an unforgettable part of my travels.  When you’re standing with an elephant who wants to play with you or on one of the most beautiful…

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

The Best of Asia In Pictures

Pairs Well With…Asia adventures + 4-month time span + the most amazing memories + even better people My time in Asia came and went with a quickness.  Four months of my life passed by in the blink of an eye, and it seems like just yesterday that I left home on my one year journey…

Ice Cream Cambodia Recipes

A Girl’s Gotta Eat: All The Things I Ate In Cambodia

Pairs Well With…Cambodia + Crunchy Critters + Cooking + Khmer Dishes (which made a memorable impression) If you recall last month’s food challenge, I ate a lot of weird sea creatures, from snails to tiny shrimps, none of which tickled my fancy.  Month two’s food challenge was quite sea-based, different than the curveball thrown my…

Bangkok Thailand Skyline

Awww, Phuket. I’m Ready for Bangkok (The Final Asia Stop)

Pairs Well With… “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head AND….my 100th post!!!!! Bangkok. The city of smiles, pad thai, fried scorpions (that apparently taste better than french fries, or so I hear)…and lady boys.  Bangkok is fantastic and offers a bit of relief from some of the hardships we experienced in Cambodia.  Bangkok, I love…

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Cambodia’s 15 Most Cultural & Captivating Activities

Cambodia is nothing less than a cultural mecca and, like it or not, you’re going to get a big dose of culture (and reality) here whether you want one or not. Coming into this month, I was longing for a culture that consumed me – and this one did.  In fact, it chewed me up…

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The Day I Took A Tuk

Pairs Well With…International Travel + Carin’s fetish for taking over motorized vehicles in other countries It’s not unusual that I borrow things that aren’t mine, but I usually always give them back. Case in point borrowed clothes, money…and the float that I stole in Rio during carnival. (Yes, this did indeed happen.) It’s even better…

Arm wrestle fight

You Can Have My Fried Rice, But I’m Not Goin’ Out Like That

Pairs Well With…”Goin’ Down For Real” by Flo Rida If you’ve ever gotten robbed, and we’re not talking about losing your dignity at the bar last Saturday night, it might have felt like your world flashed before your eyes in slow motion.  In those seconds when it’s all going down for real, it seems like…

Phnom Penh Cambodia Skyline

Toto, We’re Not In Kansas Anymore (Phnom Penh Is Where Sh*t Gets Real)

Pairs Well With…Poverty + Change + Rebuilding  Let’s talk month three: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The first 24 hours were a shit show, and I had my first mini meltdown.  Lack of sleep coming back from Australia certainly played a part, but there’s something about reacclimating to a new country month after month that is both…