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not-so-lonely girl living in an open world. casual vegan with serious meandering issues.

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Lopburi Hotel Review: Wanlapa Farmstay

Lopburi Hotel Review: Wanlapa Farmstay

A breakfast at Wanlapa Farmstay In anticipation of Lopburi’s Monkey Banquet Festival on Saturday, November 26, I booked a weekend stay at Wanlapa Farmstay. Lopburi is a relatively quiet town in central Thailand that’s 1 hour north of Ayutthaya and 3 hours north of Bangkok. […]

Must-Watch English + French Monarchy Historical TV Dramas

Must-Watch English + French Monarchy Historical TV Dramas

The White Queen, The White Princess, The Tudors, Reign, Versailles, Victoria, The Crown… they’re all  historical dramas that focus on the English or French -or both, in Reign‘s case- monarchies between the 15th and 20th centuries. As an avid TV watcher and fan of historical fiction […]

Kanchanaburi Master Post | YouTube Video

Kanchanaburi Master Post | YouTube Video

Hi all, here’s a round-up of my posts on Kanchanaburi in Western Thailand! At the bottom is a Youtube video that serves as a highlight reel of my time in Kanchanaburi city, Erawan National Park, Thai-Burma Railway Centre, and Wat Tham Sua.

Erawan National Park | Wat Tham Sua

Erawan National Park | Wat Tham Sua

  Whoop, it’s here: my last post on my visit to Kanchanaburi and Erawan National Park! Kanchanaburi is a province in Western Thailand. I had been there briefly before, and came back specifically to see Erawan National Park, a protected area with a series of seven waterfalls. […]

Kanchanaburi and the Death Railway: A Brief History and Historic Representation

Kanchanaburi and the Death Railway: A Brief History and Historic Representation

Some literal roadblocks presented themselves on the journey to Kanchanaburi, but this first weekend traveling solo in Thailand is still one of my favorite jaunts in the country: beautiful temples, nature, and history are all easily within reach. I had been here before during orientation; more […]

Orientalism, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Sex Workers

Orientalism, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Sex Workers

Growing up, I had exposure to Asian culture, albeit superficial. Asian women were the pinnacle of beauty to me as a child- I picked out a certain American Girl doll as a birthday gift simply because she looked the most “Asian.” I was envious of her long, […]

Kanchanaburi Hotel Review: Dheva Mantra

Kanchanaburi Hotel Review: Dheva Mantra

After my long night traveling to Kanchanaburi in the slowest way possible, I arrived at Dheva Mantra Hotel. This resort is luxurious; its simplest room costs $125 USD per night. The Thai baht and US Dollar exchange rate is favorable to farangs- this resort is on par […]

The (Long) Road to Kanchanaburi and Lessons Learned

The (Long) Road to Kanchanaburi and Lessons Learned

This first weekend traveling solo in Thailand, in Kanchanaburi, was a big deal for me. I was in culture shock and felt isolated from English speakers in my town. Despite this, I was still yearning to travel. I had been to Kanchanaburi before, with my program […]

Difficulties of Adjustment and Small Joys

Difficulties of Adjustment and Small Joys

My emotions have wildly fluctuated since I have arrived in Thailand, often unpredictably. I’m a teacher with limited pay in a rural area with the sweetest students and an eager-to-help administration. I live 30 minutes away from a major transport hub, Future Park Mall, where […]

Jung Chang’s Biography of Feminist Empress Dowager Cixi of China

Jung Chang’s Biography of Feminist Empress Dowager Cixi of China

Taken by Yu Xunling ca. 1890 {{PD-US}} This whopping biography of the infamous Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang (author of the famed Wild Swans) took me all summer to read, but it was worth it. It was “crunchy” and dense at parts, but doused with a good bit of feminist […]