My 2013 year in review

Hello!  I know I have been m.i.a. for a while now…we have been settling back into life in Atlanta and celebrating the holidays with family.  I follow a number of blogs who have all posted their year in review and thought I would follow suit…  My goal was to find one picture to represent each month of the year, but I just couldn’t do it…there were too many to choose from!  Until I look a looked back through this blog it had not hit me just how much we did this past year.  So here goes nothing…

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Wrap-up of Southeast Asia adventure

Hello!  It’s been about three weeks since I’ve been back in the States…can you believe it?  I swear these last eight months have just flown by!  I still can’t believe I lived, worked and traveled throughout Asia and am now back in the US.  I have so much more to tell you from our adventures abroad but I thought I would do an overall wrap-up post while everything is still fresh in my mind.  This way I can also throw in some posts about job hunting and acclimating back into the general population.  So here goes…

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Leaving on a jet plane

Hello!  I have been such a slacker lately when it comes to blogging…my apologies!  But I am back and I have so much to share. The past month has been a whirlwind…we have traveled through Malaysia, island hopped in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea, spent some time in Bangkok and showed some dear friends around Thailand.  As I write this now I am sitting in Atlanta Georgia, sipping on coffee, and trying to comprehend that I just flew across the world and am back in the United States. Did the past six and a half months really happen or did I dream it all?

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Photo Friday 9.20


Happy Friday!

I know I am way behind on my posts and I really hope to catch up this weekend. I am so excited to have two great friends fly in tomorrow and will have even more to talk about then! I can’t wait, we have so much planned over the next two weeks. Stayed tuned…

This picture is from our recent trip to Koh Samui. The sunset was beautiful…I know this doesn’t do it any justice. I actually had another picture of the moon picked out from the same trip, but I am having trouble with the internet on my computer…so you get this off my iPhone. I’m not complaining though, this isn’t a bad runner up. I hope you enjoy!

Waterfalls in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi round 2…there are not too many places we have made an effort to revisit while in Asia. Our goal has been to see and do as much as we can, but we made an exception for Kanchanaburi.  As I mentioned in my last post about this charming town (you can read it here) RG and I vowed to make a trip back and see more of what it has to offer.

This time we had a better idea of where to stay and what we wanted to see. We found a relatively new hotel, The Good Times Resort, right on the river in the center of town. It was perfect…the staff spoke English, everyone was friendly and the rooms were modern and comfortable. This sounds pretty standard for a hotel, but you would be surprised how difficult it is to find this in SE Asia. While we thoroughly enjoyed Sabai@kan the last time we visited it was a little further away from the restaurant and nightlife scene than we wanted.

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Jim Thompson House

Chances are you have never heard of Jim Thompson. Neither had I until I came to Thailand. He was an American World War II veteran who relocated to Thailand, revitalized the Thai silk industry, and then mysteriously disappeared while on vacation in Malaysia. Read More

Learning to cook Thai food

Anyone who knows us knows that RG and I both love to entertain and to cook.  One of our favorite trips ever was the day we spend at a Tuscany wine tasting and cooking course.  On our second day in Thailand we met a couple from Canada that had just come from Chiang Mai and were raving about the cooking course they took.  We talked with them for a while about it, and they had us convinced we needed to try the class when we made it up there.  They were even kind enough to slip a note under our hotel door with all the information incase we couldn’t remember.

Fast forward four months and I still have that sweet note with the information and have been waiting to reach out to the cooking school.  Unfortunately I was not fast enough, they were completely booked for the entire time we were in Chiang Mai.  How could I let this happen?! Read More