Squid on a Stick & Monkey Islands: 9 Tips For Your First Visit to Thailand

Heading to Thailand for the first time and need some ideas? After spending time in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and the beach town of Pranburi, I’ve got some tips to share with you. But the most important advice: EAT! Eat as much of the street food as you can physically manage, walk around for 15 minutes and then go eat MORE. Don’t worry, you can’t get … Continue reading Squid on a Stick & Monkey Islands: 9 Tips For Your First Visit to Thailand

An island of winter: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 2

In January, winter is fully upon the island, the wettest, windiest moment, and when the north wind blows, the snow-cold air from Turkey stings your face.¬†Even if I go two days in a row to the local Gungor market (the Gungor family is a sort of empire in the area and owns several buses, a gas station and several other markets in the village), Berkan, … Continue reading An island of winter: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 2

A Paradise Lost: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 1

(Notes from my house sitting experience back in late 2011 through spring 2012) Karpaz is one of those places that many people have never heard of and will never see in its current pristine state. Even its geographical distance from the western world only underscores how distant our understanding is of truly untouched wildlife, of isolated and unspoilt nature. But it exists, here among the … Continue reading A Paradise Lost: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 1