Traveler’s Reflections: Chiangmai, Thailand

Thailand is Thai. That is the only real way I can think to describe it. The heat holds you in its arms like a comforting grandmother wrapping you in a fleece quilt on a 98 degree day with 100% humidity. It’s busy, but it’s not as busy as I thought it would be. Everything smells…

Was Freud Wrong About Traveling?

2 Days prior to departure. Passport. Wallet. Camera. Phone. I repeat my packing list over and over again so that it becomes a mantra: a saying that is so familiar it’s comforting. This particular list, however, is much longer than usual and I find it hard to keep it in mental order. Bug spray. Sleeping…

Summer Coup D’état

One week ago the Thai military declared a coup d’état. Thai politics are complex, convoluted, and complete with drama that dates back almost a decade. Dissecting Thai politics is migraine inducing, with arguments so conflicting and rumors so preposterous that getting to the bottom of everything while maintaining a neutral position is a task as…

40 Feet Underwater

Southern Thailand is famous for its tropical islands, complete with luminous oceans and practically spotless white sand beaches dotted with lines of coconut trees. So it’s tough to live in Thailand and not love the ocean, what with such alluring panoramas just a train ride away. It’s also warm year round, so the weather is never…

The Trek Home

Twice a year, I travel to and from Bangkok, Thailand (home) and Boston (home away from home). This migration is usually a 22-hour ordeal that takes the form of interminable waiting, achy joints and perpetual eye bags. Flying alone can be unnerving. Flying a seven-hour flight to London, waiting a five-hour layover followed by another…