Mixing Peace with Blood in the Gulf of Thailand

The world around me moves in weightless slow motion; the thick silence punctuated at rhythmic intervals by what can best be described as Darth Vader breathing down my neck. The sound emanates from a regulator feeding oxygen through a mouthpiece, its lifeline of rubber tubing attached to a steel tank strapped to my back. I guess that makes me Darth.

It’s a personal miracle that I’m nearly 50 feet below the ocean’s surface, calmly marveling at coral swaying with the current and fish going about their business, unperturbed by the routine intrusion of bipedal land mammals. Continue reading “Mixing Peace with Blood in the Gulf of Thailand”

Oh, Chiang Mai

Everyone said I would love Thailand. People raved about it. They said the food is delicious and cheap, the people are supremely kind, and there’s a wide variety of things to do and see. Come to think of it I haven’t met a single person who has been to Thailand who was just “meh” about it.

Everyone was right. I absolutely loved it! Thailand might very well be my favorite country so far.  Continue reading “Oh, Chiang Mai”