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Happy new year and greetings from Kratie, Cambodia!

I’ve (finally) posted tons of new photos for your viewing pleasure. You can check them out here. Or you can click on the ‘Photos’ page link above.

By the time you finish viewing them, hopefully I will have written another post…and/or posted more recent pictures from Laos, which I just left yesterday morning…

The fact that the first song I heard after touching ground in Thailand—played in the bathroom in the Bangkok airport, no less—was the theme from The Godfather was, I figured, probably not a very good sign.

And it did turn out to be something of an omen of things to come. First I left my brand-new Swiss-made one-sheet-of-aluminum water bottle, which my best friend had given me as a going-away present the day before, on the plane. When I realized this, I had to ask at least five airport and airline personnel (miming ‘water bottle’ each time) before I found the one person who could help me. She radioed the cabin crew but no luck. The report came back over the walkie talkie: no sign of it. Read the rest of this entry »

It happened very soon after my arrival in Chiang Mai, and even though I’ve seen and heard some wacky things in the five weeks since, I still can’t quite believe it. I was supposed to meet up for a drink with a friend of a friend who runs an AIDS organization in town. The plan was that instead of thinking of somewhere to meet that I might not be able to find, I would just come to her office at 4:30 and we would have some beer there. (My immediate thought: She keeps beer in her office? I like this woman already. My next thought: She keeps beer in her office? I like this town already.) Read the rest of this entry »

Mia is oppressed by her new and disturbing compulsion of being able to think only in Facebook status updates, and wishes she could stop. But since she cannot, she gives you, without further ado, her first blog post: a travel tale told in Facebook-status-update-eze.

(For those of you unfamiliar with Facebook, yes, this is all going to be in the third person.)

The Facebook Chronicles: Week One
a travel tale, Facebook-style

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November 12, 2008

Greetings from the lovely city of Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. Tonight was the last night of the Loi Krathong festival, which takes place during the full moon in November. It is celebrated nationwide, but is a particularly festive occasion in places where there are rivers, canals, moats (at least in the case of Chiang Mai, where I am) and other bodies of water. People make and float a krathong – a banana–leaf cup – which is intended to float away troubles and ill fortune. Krathong traditionally carry offerings of incense, lotus flowers and small amounts of money. These are offerings of thanks to the water gods — to whom we clearly have a lot to be thankful for! Read the rest of this entry »