The thing about being a writer is much of what you produce gets completely buried on your hard drive and in notebooks. But I discovered this short piece the other day, and reading it brought me right back to four years ago in Chiang Mai. Where I was the same same but different. October 2010 I learnt… Read More Same same but different in Thailand
I’d forgotten how pungent Chiang Mai is at this time of year – the air is pregnant with rain and thick with humidity, alongside the usual engine fumes of cars, scooters, tuk-tuks and sorngthaews. Not to mention the smell of food everywhere – like cheap noodles, deep fried donuts, grilled meats, durian. It’s been more… Read More Chiang Mai redux
Travel fades so quickly once you’re back to your normal life. I’ve been back three weeks and it feels like I’ve been back three months already. The transformative moments stay with you forever, but the bulk of travel is easily forgotten. Once you’re back in your usual environment it’s like it all happened to a… Read More What was the highlight of your trip?
I used to think that eating any non-local food while being abroad was lame…that is, until I started spending more time abroad. Years ago, when I was volunteering in Thailand for a month, one of the greatest meals I had was at a Scandinavian restaurant in the seaside town I was staying in: toasted ham… Read More The globalisation of homogeneity
Last night we went to a trendy local spot called Bridge Bar, a place we hadn’t been to since a mask party in July. I think I had kind of forgotten about it in the ensuing months, but by pure chance I stumbled across a listing on facebook for a Beatles Night and thought it… Read More New joy in old pleasures
I left Sydney on the morning of 22 March 2010 and arrived in Chiang Mai at the end of the same day. I still remember those first few hours so clearly that it surprises me that a whole year has passed since then. I often walk past the place where I first stayed and I… Read More My one year anniversary
For all those times when it’s frustrating not knowing Thai, there are also times when there’s absolutely no need to know the language. When watching football, everyone shouts at the same time, cheers at the same time, jumps at the same time. It’s cool being able to look around and feel that everyone is on… Read More The world game