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Jaime, who I met online a year before we both left to travel, who I first met in real life in Brussels, who I threw tomatoes at at La Tomatina in Spain, who I traveled with for three months through India, finally found his way to Thailand. We only were able to meet up for two nights, but we went to the lake and we had a slumber party with Jenny. But it was great to see him one last time before I go home. Because who knows when I will next see him again. But no worries, we certainly...

I've been spending many of my days and many of my nights playing pool at my hostel in Chiang Mai. I'm not going to lie: I suck at pool. But every so often I manage to win. And every so often out of those times it's an honest to God legitimate win that doesn't involve a fuck up on the other player's part. I did manage to inspire a spit take when someone witnessed me breaking while taking a swig of Chang. It's something you really have to see to believe how bad I am at breaking. If nothing else, I like...

"Valerie," the woman at the front desk said, "the orange one died." She said it with a smile on her face, in the way that Thais always have a smile on their face. Even when they're telling you that someone you care deeply about is dead. And it makes it confusing to understand....

I took a quick weekend detour from Chiang Mai back to Bangkok to meet up with Jodie — an Australian girl I had met four years ago in Amsterdam and hadn't seen since. I had been looking forward to catching up with her in Australia, but then my plans changed and I ended up staying in Asia. And then we had planned to meet up in Laos months ago but plans changed again. So when she told me she'd be back in Bangkok for a couple of days before heading on to work on a volunteer project in Cambodia I...