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Youthful Innocence

  • December 3, 2016
Youthful Innocence

Following a dirt path, I internalized the images before my eyes maintaining respect for the people who live in the villages I passed through.  Photographs wouldn't have been able to depict every subtle but meaningful interaction during the self guided trek to a waterfall.  By walking on foot, I was able to go slowly and see a different side of the communities which likewise have limited interactions with visitors as they pass by in air conditioned tour vans taking photos of the people and...

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Muay Thai Training

  • December 2, 2016
Muay Thai Training

Muay Thai or Thai boxing is the national sport of Thailand and I couldn't wait to arrive in the country to find a gym and start training to gain a greater respect and understanding for the sport.  As a cultural martial art that is essentially a close-combat sport using the entire body as a weapon, I knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park but the level of difficulty was far greater than I anticipated.

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Mediation and Buddhism

  • December 1, 2016

Overview: Wat Pa Tham Wua Temple is located in Mueang Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son in northern Thailand.  Participants are provided with full accommodation, two vegetarian meals a day with tea, coffee and water free of charge; donations are accepted. The monastery is open to all members of the public but those who visit are expected to participate in all activities.  Preface: "Happy, we are all lucky so we are happy." - Wat Pa Tham Wua monk It all started with another excessively...

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Thai Buddhist Wedding

  • November 30, 2016
Thai Buddhist Wedding

From a simple "couchsurfing" request to a traditional northern Thai wedding ceremony, you never can tell what type of unique experience you'll be exposed to when traveling in an unorthodox manner. Upon arriving in Chiang Mai, Thailand, my generous couchsurfing host picked up my friend and I at the bus station and soon after we were heading to her friend's home where a wedding reception would be held the following day.

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