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There's a smell to Asia. A mix of lemongrass and coriander and durian and mango. A mix of incense and sweat and fermented meat. Something like that. It's a scent that's enhanced with the sticky humidity. Intensified. It's a scent that's just there, saturating the air. It was a comforting, familiar, smell when I arrived in Bangkok last October. I could breathe in and know I was back in Asia. I was back. If only for a two-week vacation. It was odd returning to a city I hadn't been in for three years, returning to a country that meant a lot to...

I have a lot to say about my two week vacation in Thailand. I just haven't yet found all the right words. So instead, for now, I'm just going to share with you what I ate. Because, really, food was one of the things I was most excited about in going back to Thailand. As someone who orders Thai food on a regular basis at home the idea that I could eat Thai food for every meal, every day, for two weeks straight, and not go broke or be judged, had me salivating....

I've been trying to recap my months, every month, in Instagrams, a platform I've been at least somewhat diligent in keeping up to date (follow me here), so I can collect for you all the things I haven't gotten a chance to blog about yet. Some months this year it's been the only thing I've managed to say. In October, I actually pushed out several blog posts and I hope, in the coming weeks, months, years, I can start consistently updating again. Soon, hopefully soon, I'll have a few posts my recent two-week vacation to Thailand. But, for now, this...

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...

There's a particular phenomenon that travelers often allude to: "reverse culture shock." It happens when you return home. You get so used to being immersed in a different culture that when you arrive back home it no longer feels right. It feels different. You feel different being there. That's how I felt when I arrived back in Bangkok. ...

I wish my Thailand, and my Southeast Asia, journey ended there. It would have been a nice little final note, a nice little end to this chapter of my trip. It shows a lot of how this lifestyle works, of how I've grown, to sit back on one of the hardest travel days I've had and still be able to think "my life is pretty amazing right now." But I had five more days until my flight. So I went back to Bangkok where I hardly did much of anything. I bought and read a guidebook. Did some shopping. Mailed another package...