Asia, Travel

Rock On, Sister

When I slam into the cliff face with the full weight of my body behind me, splaying out and splattering like an unlucky mosquito, I start to think that this may have been a bad idea. My legs are shaking uncontrollably, a fact which I am desperately hoping is not visible from the ground, although I definitely have more pressing things to worry about.

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Flying Hanuman… or, Flying Cinderella (patent pending)

Stand on Patong beach, facing the sea. Turn 180 degrees. Spit as far as you can.

Did you hit a tree? Of course you did. That’s how close ocean and rainforest really are in Thailand, and it’s seriously cool. Now, obviously, you shouldn’t really spit as a means of measuring this. That would be very inaccurate. And also, very gross. The spit is figurative. The following advice is not.  Continue reading “Flying Hanuman… or, Flying Cinderella (patent pending)”

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Life Lessons from a German Tour Operator

We’re bobbing along on the bright turquoise waters surrounding Koh Phi Phi, on a double story party boat. The rest of my tour group is standing waist deep in water a few hundred yards away, looking at monkeys. I am not looking at monkeys because my foot is a) the size of a coconut, and b) purple. Fortunately, an explanation of that isn’t relevant to this story.

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