The Island Paradise of Koh Phi Phi

My back was stiff from almost 15 hours of sitting in the plastic chairs of university desks. My mind was functioning only as fast as caffeine could drench my neurons. The small group of literary nerds with our eyes following along as Dr. Stallard read the final passages of a marathon reading of John Milton’s…

Wet, Wild and Saying Goodbye to Samui

As we walked through the streets of Bangkok, Ali turned to me and said “Everything here is fluid.” She was referring to the way that the building down the block was constructed around an old tree instead of cutting it down and how traffic seems to find both sides of the street fair game if…

Home with a Capital H

It wasn’t until the big dipper was upside down that I realized I was pouring all of myself into this place. As people, we have such an immense capacity to grow not just to change and to find ourselves comfortable in a completely different world. I can remember after a weekend trip to Glasgow while…

Thailand First Impressions

I have been here a week and a half under the purple blooms and mango trees. If someone told me, it was longer I would believe them. This island feels like a beautiful dream created out of the humidity of the day. The ever-present palms and the way the shadows dance along them just inches…