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laughing that hard

21 Mar
Chiang Mai

Natalie in Chiang Mai

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”

― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
(This is a really great book and not a heavy lift.)


you and what army!

15 Mar
Koh Phi Phi- Leh, Krabi, Thailand

Adorable Japanese Mom in Koh Phi Phi Leh

“The question is not who is going to let me, but who is going to stop me.”

-Ayn Rand

frightened of the old ones

6 Mar

Elephant sprays water

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

—John Cage

flowers for dinner

9 Feb

Chiang Mai, Thailand (the bar across the street from the reggae bar)

“A good holiday is one that is spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.”

-J. B. Priestley

7 travel tunes: a starter playlist

7 Feb

It’s music list time! Here is a rundown of my favorite travel songs; songs that capture the feeling of a journey.

I left out the obvious classics to avoid repetition.  To be clear, this omission does not mean I don’t tear up when listening to travel anthem Leaving on a Jet Plane.  And of course, On the Road Again makes everyone think of travel, and yes, me too. So consider songs of that ilk silently implied on this list.

Take a look at my 7 favorites and then I’d love to learn yours. Leave your additions in the comments, and after all is said and done I’ll make a Spotify playlist of everyone’s suggestions and share it.

So without further ado, in descending order, my favorites:
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too busy to believe

6 Feb


Do you believe in always, the wind
said to the rain
I am too busy with
my flowers to believe, the rain answered

-ee cummings


3 Feb
market to market

Chiang Mai, Thailand

“If you are careful,’ Garp wrote, ‘if you use good ingredients, and you don’t take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing. Also true of love. Cooking, therefore, can keep a person who tries hard sane.”

― John Irving, The World According to Garp

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