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The Accident

Bagan, Myanmar. February 1, 2017

The Backstory

I struggle to type this due to the limited mobility of my left arm. Hopefully this contributes brevity to the piece.

This trip is about getting out my comfort zone, which I’ve done successfully in both large and small ways. Riding a bicycle for the first time in 17 years, meeting and hanging out with strangers (without booze sometimes!), hiking a gorgeous island mountain, and kayaking with a new friend are just a handful of my latest adventures.

But riding a motorbike was not on the list! It seemed too dangerous, especially for someone just getting reacquainted with regular bicycle riding.  However, if you want to see pagodas in Bagan, it’s really the only way to get around because the roads are too hilly and sandy for basic multi-gear bicycles.  Tour groups go to the most crowded pagodas for sunrise and sunset and are scheduled down to the hour for the remainder of the day.  Basically boring af, let’s be honest. Horse carriages are available but are incomprehensibly slow and cruel to the animals. More . . .

On Tonsai Beach and Post-Thailand Life and Career Plans

1/24/2017- The makeshift jungle bar that I’m currently nestled in is composed almost entirely of local sustainable wood and bamboo. I’ve stumbled upon this gem in the middle of the daily afternoon blackout; the beer is vaguely reminiscent of being cold. The wifi is down so I’m forced to scrawl chicken scratches in my trusty notebook.

Hippy dudes with blonde dreads play ping pong with carefree girls in bikini tops.  One ambitious woman dares tread a slack line in the back of the bar, with variable levels of success. The air is thick with tropical haze and the buzz of mosquitoes. The vibe is laissez-faire. More . . .

Find Your Tribe

little chubby girl dance pageant gif
Ay! Ay!

1/23/2017

Solo Travel Update

It has been exactly one month since my last day of work. Although I have dreamed about my colleagues and job, I have yet to regret my decision.

Today, poolside in Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand, I opened a thoughtful email from an old friend. The email got me thinking about one of my aspirations for this trip: to figure out my tribe.

My working definition of a tribe is a group of people who are like-minded in terms of personal aspirations. These people ACTIVELY support your growth and you support theirs. More . . .

Koh Lipe and all its beachy pleasures: Solo travel

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Paradise. Koh Adang, Thailand 2017

1/9/2016 — with edits.

It’s my first full day in Koh Lipe. It’s brilliant here. Turquoise water, clear to the depths. Ivory sand, soft to the underfoot. And no crazy party scene; just a handful of fun little bars to choose from after 11 pm.

Confession: I had to rip myself from swiping on Tinder to write this post.

Solo Travel Tip: Tinder morphs into a friend-meeting app while traveling!

Of course, you can still use it for casual sex if that’s what you are into I suppose, but it’s a handy way to meet buddies for trekking, drinking, or just to grab a bite. More . . .