In the 10 days I've been in Malaysia, I have gone from feeling overwhelmed to being incredibly happy at where I am right now. Keeping myself busy and finding joy in familiar things has definitely helped. For example, I've discovered a Crossfit gym which has been a great way to not only relieve stress and … Continue reading Bikes, Bars, and Bangsar
It's a question I've been thinking a lot about lately. Just over a week ago, I returned to Khon Kaen, Thailand to begin my two months of summer travel around southeast Asia. Walking along the streets, visiting my old dorm, eating at our favorite restaurants, and seeing familiar faces made it feel as though I … Continue reading Where Is Home?
One week has passed since my return from study abroad; I'm still processing my 4-month experience in Thailand and how to adjust to life back in Seattle. On the drive home from the airport, everything felt simultaneously the same but unfamiliar. I feel as though time has stood still here, while I have grown and changed … Continue reading A Stranger in Seattle
My days here on study abroad are quickly dwindling...although I've been in Thailand for four months to the day, this country continues to offer more and more places I want to explore. A few weekends ago I hopped on a train to Nakhon Ratchasima to visit a city commonly known as called Korat. We went … Continue reading Travelling the World (and a Winery)
The countdown until the end of my program is now in terms of weeks rather than months. With only four weeks left, we're focusing on our final research field practicum. My group is going back to Ban Tha Pho where villagers are concerned about the quality of water they receive from the local reservoir. We will … Continue reading Water, Water Everywhere
Two weekends ago I was lucky enough to travel to Chieng Khan in Loei province (near the Thai-Laos border) with KKU’s International Relations division. I met Master’s and Ph.D. students from across Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Our first stop was Tai Dam village, where we learned about the villagers’ belief in … Continue reading Cha Cha and Camping
It’s hard to believe that I’ve already reached week 12 of the program. As May approaches, I’m taking every opportunity to travel around Thailand and make the most of this experience. Academics have been keeping me pretty busy. Two weeks ago we visited a semi-urban community called Ban Samran for our second homestay. The community … Continue reading Bangkok and Ban Samran