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Month: November 2015

A Vow of Silence: 10 Days of Silent Meditation in Thailand

A Vow of Silence: 10 Days of Silent Meditation in Thailand

After 5 days in Bangkok, it was time for my next adventure, and the primary reason I chose to visit Thailand: a silent meditation retreat. I went to bed in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, finalizing future plans in Japan and desperately researching whether I should intentionally give up the flight I pre-purchased from Phuket to Osaka, fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket, or any other crazy solution. It was a bit stressful, and instead of staying…

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Sawasdee ka from Bangkok

Sawasdee ka from Bangkok

Sawasdee ka, everyone! I’ve been gone an embarrassingly long time. You’ll have to forgive me, but blogging and traveling from a mobile device is quite difficult. Blogging and traveling in general is quite difficult; I don’t know how anyone finds the motivation to do it. I’ll slowly work on updates, and eventually upload the last of my Camino posts. However, I’ve decided to finally update on the here and now while I work on the other posts. Just a quick…

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Italy: Olive Harvesting and Roma

Italy: Olive Harvesting and Roma

I spent 6 glorious days in Italy, and if it weren’t for my tourist visa expiring, I would have stayed for months more. I love Italy, the food, the culture, the people, the architecture. I was invited by my “old” host family to go with them on holiday for five days in Cassino, Italy and harvest olives on their family plot. Not only did I get to play with L, but I got to meet my host dad’s extended family…

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Spain: Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Madrid

Spain: Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Madrid

After walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, my family visited for a three week Europe trip. Afterward, I had exactly 23 days before I legally had to exit Europe. Well, technically the Schengen Area, which comprises most of the European Union. I was in Barcelona for maybe five more days, having my second reunion with Camino friends, and finally deciding where to go next. I met an awesome Kiwi in my hostel and we visited Montserrat together. Since I…

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