Archive for June, 2006

snapshots

Thursday June 29, 2006

Here are a few snapshots from my travels and adventures.

Thailands country side and rice fields.


A monk walking at a train station on our way to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.


On a hike through the Thai jungle we ran into this woman, who sold us some bananas.


Yup, that’s me on the head of an elephant!


Sunday market in Chiang Mai.


Two Thai girls walking to school in the morning rain.


My friend Amanda at a Thai food market.


I loved this Thai pharmacy because this woman was so helpful!


Jana, Amanda and me at our all day (10 different dishes) Thai cooking class!


The island of Phi Phi in southern Thailand, isn’t it gorgeous?!


Sun-bathing, the closest I’ve ever been to the equator!


Long-tail boats very typical to Thailand.


Phi Phi Island sunset.


Saying good-bye to Thailand.

come home

Tuesday June 27, 2006

Staying up all night with Jana, Amanda, Bryan and Chanda to catch my taxi at 3:30 am.

We finally met up with Bryan and Chanda (friends from MN traveling around the world).

My flight leaves at 6 am from Bangkok.

I am tired.

I am ready to come home.

I had a great trip. Beaches, elephants, jungles, and tuk tuk’s!

Will have to post more photos when I get home.

Cannot wait to see my parents and Jake!

the beach

Sunday June 25, 2006

Probably saw one of the most beautiful beaches in the world today.

It was actually the beach that The Beach was filmed.

I also went snorkeling today, just swimming with the fishes in Thailand!

few layers

Saturday June 24, 2006

I think today is Saturday but I don’t really know. I have lost sight of the days and the time.

Yesterday we layed on the beach all day and I applied a few layers of sunscreen.

Apparently a few layers wasn’t enough.

Got a little burnt, but not too terrible.

Last night we had the best pizza we could find in Thailand and laughed until the early hours of the morning.

Having a really great time…things are starting to make a little more sense.

reality of

Friday June 23, 2006

There are moments in my day that I have never seen anything more beautiful.

Whether it is the people I am meeting or watching; or the ocean and cliffs surrounding me; or the endless white sand beaches; or the different foods I am discovering; or and the friends I am with.

I have been brought to tears.

Not always because of the photographic beauty of the land but more from the humbling reality of life as I know it.

Life here is different…is so many ways that just walking down the street is a contradiction.

Amanda turned to me today and said, “The smells are so extreme. One moment I am smelling fresh fruit, flowers, or the ocean and the next I am smelling raw sewage.”

Trying to make sense of it all…

If you haven’t read Amanda’s post, you should.