And One Year Later…

Exactly one year ago, in July 2012, I officially left my life in New York for a journey into the unknown. The goal was two fold – one: to see if I would miss my US life enough to know for certain that I definitely want to come back and stay and commit to the…

India – One Month In

I can’t believe it’s already been a little over a month since I first arrived in Bangalore. Time flies so fast I’m beginning to realize that 5 months is not enough to really get to know India. This country is so broad, so diverse, I now know I cannot judge it through a short stay…

Hello India

Chaotic and vibrant, overwhelming and intoxicating, India is unlike any other country I’ve been to. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I dislike it, sometimes I’m awed by it, sometimes I’m frustrated with it…never have I ever experienced such varied emotions in a new place as I have here during this week in the Motherland. This…

Reunion in Colombo!

My flight from Thailand to India had a 24hour layover in Sri Lanka. Lucky for me, a good friend of mine from New York had moved there a while back, so I got to have a spontaneous mini-reunion in his hometown of Colombo. đŸ™‚ Though I had a short time there, we got to do…

Saying Goodbye to Thailand

Saying goodbye to Thailand was hard. I know I’ve said that about every place I’ve been to – clearly I fall for places quite easily – but there was something special about Thailand. Part of the reason behind this gap year was to help me better understand my identity. Because of my varied cross-cultural upbringing,…

An Amazing Weekend in Northern Thailand

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with…

Scooters, Lakes and 12,999 Monks

Every year, on one particular day, 12,999 monks line up on a closed-off highway at 6.09am (9 = lucky in Thai culture) to receive donations of food from the citizens of Chiang Mai. The event is a big deal and scores of families wake up early to participate. Dressed in white (which represents purity), they…

Making a Small Impact

Like I mentioned in my last post, we currently have a big group of volunteers here from the US who have been keeping us very busy. Since they arrived on the 22nd of December, I have not had a single day off (including weekends). But for the first time ever, I can say that I’m…

Christmas in a Foreign Land

Two days ago, we celebrated Christmas in Thailand…and despite the warm weather and lack of snow, I must say it really felt like Christmas. At the moment, we have eight people staying at our volunteer house – Jess and Kenny from Australia, Alex from Ireland, Britt and Lieve from Belgium, Koene from Holland, Laura from…

The Start of a New Life

Months ago, when I was first contemplating the idea of a year off, I had applied for an internship at a non-profit in Thailand called Travel to Teach (T2T), an NGO headquartered in Thailand that brought in foreign volunteers to teach English at village schools. I was looking to volunteer somewhere in south-east Asia, but…

Three Months In…

It’s been about three months since I started traveling solo, so I thought I’d pause for second to write a little about how I feel and where I find myself in this journey of self-discovery. Lately all my posts have been focused on all the destinations I’ve been in…there has been so much to see…