Meditating In Front Of A Freshly Dead Buddhist Nun

October 18, 2012

The Body

After passing the first stage of meditation at the temple, you then take on another challenge.. I guess some context is due though. In both Laos and Thailand, people are very afraid of ghosts. Where kids in the U.S., for example, might be scared of monsters, Thai kids grow up afraid of ghosts. Monsters obviously […]

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My First Day Of Meditation – Discovering The Energy Within And Convulsing Uncontrollably

October 17, 2012

Having My Meditation Moment..

Meditation is at the core of Buddhism, at least it seemed that way to me. Your connection to god is found within, which you work on achieving through meditation. To be honest, I had never really meditated before visiting the temple. But I think there are many ways to meditate. Doing yoga in my apartment […]

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An Amazing Week At A Rural Thai Buddhist Temple

October 16, 2012

Ajon And I

When I couchsurfed at Michaela’s place in Prague, she could not stop ranting and raving about a temple she visited in Thailand. As I got closer to Thailand and more interested in spirituality, the more I found myself drawn to this place. In the next few posts, you’ll understand why this place is so amazing […]

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Making The Most Out Of Long Journeys: The Chiang Mai – Bang Mun Nak (Thailand) Experience

October 15, 2012

You Have to Look Out The Window At The Amazing Scenery

This post is about my 11-hour train ride from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Bang Mun Nak, Thailand. You might think there isn’t much to talk about, but I guess that’s the point. When traveling, but in normal life as well, you get what you make out of every sitation. So.. best to do your best […]

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Photo Friday – You’ve Been Warned – Bangkok, Thailand

October 12, 2012

You've Been Warned - Taken 9-Oct-2012 - Bangkok, Thailand

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Missing My Train And Making My Liver Smile

October 11, 2012

The Train Arriving At Chiang Mai Station

What do missing my train and getting to know my body better have in common? Well, I don’t want to hear your answer, actually.. On 20-Aug-2012 I was supposed to depart Chiang Mai for Bang Mun Nak to spend a week off the grid at a Buddhist Temple my Czech friend stayed at. The train […]

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When Thailand Gives You Lemons, Drink Filipino Lemonade In Nepal

October 10, 2012


As I mentioned in the previous post, Thailand only gave me a 15-day visa upon arrival since I entered by land. Had I entered by air I would have gotten a 30-day visa. So, as I recovered from the long journey on my first day in Chiang Mai, I had to figure out what to […]

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Laos To Thailand – A Typically Crazy Journey And An Unexpectedly (Bad) Surprise

October 9, 2012

Thai Visa For Only Two Weeks!

When traveling a certain amount of patience is required. I guess I made that point when I talked about my experience crossing the border from Costa Rica to Panama and again from Colombia to Venezuela. A similar patience-trying experience happened as I left Laos to come to Thailand. But before the journey gets underway, check […]

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Stuck In The Mud – Landslide, Diarrhea, And A 13-Hour Delay

October 8, 2012

Status At 11am

The context you need to understand this post is that I had battled diarrhea for about two days before taking this bus ride, including the day of. It was just supposed to be a 12-hour night bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang (Laos).  Through food and water restriction, I was 100% confident in my bowels […]

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A Day With Pencils Of Promise – Building The Future Of Laos

October 6, 2012

School 3

While in Luang Prabang, I had the pleasure of meeting up with some people who work for an amazing organization called Pencils of Promise. A friend’s girlfriend works for them and helped arrange everything. I tagged along for a visit to some of the schools they’ve already constructed. Before the school year starts back up […]

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Photo Friday – Kiss Like An Eagle – Davao, Philippines

October 5, 2012

Kiss Like An Eagle - Taken 1-Oct-2012 - Davao, Philippines

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Winging It

October 4, 2012

Extending My Wings On The Beach In Ecuador

Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series […]

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Bugs In The Laotian Countryside

October 3, 2012

green bug thumbnail

I am not a big fan of bugs. I have gotten much better as a result of this trip, but maybe some fears only lesson and never go away. When I was in the El Salvadoran countryside I asked a little girl if she was afraid of spiders. Her reply.. “No, why would I be?” […]

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A Magical Week In The Laotian Countryside – Ending With A Village Ceremony And Tears

October 2, 2012

Smiles All Around

I spent a week in Veuntaen, Laos volunteering with Sunshine School. As I mentioned, Veuntaen isn’t in Google Maps but here is where it is using GPS coordinates. I was really excited to spend time in the Southeast Asian countryside. In Latin America I spent time in rural areas a few times, namely Yoloaiquin, El Salvador […]

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Volunteering At Sunshine School In Veuntaen, Laos

October 1, 2012

Computer Class

Volunteering at Sunshine School in Veuntaen, Laos was truly a special experience. I really wanted to volunteer in Laos and I really wanted to experience the Southeast Asian countryside. I got to experience both here. The Sunshine School’s main presence is in the capital in Vientiane. But last year they opened a kindergarten in Veuntaen, […]

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36 Pictures Of Adorable Kittens

September 29, 2012

Adorable Kittens

What can I say. I fell in love with two adorable kittens while volunteering at Sunshine School. The kittens were only one month old and it took a week for them to feel comfortable enough to sit in my lap – which happened the last night I was there. Lovely animals and so, so cute! […]

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