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Arty weekend around Austin.

Texas
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As it’s been many months and I have a new (temporary) home and new (permanent?) camera, here are a few images from my weekend. I am taking in as much of Austin and the surrounding areas before I mosey back to my hometown in Florida. I still have more images to share from my time abroad […]

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Lisu Weaving Workshop and Culture!

Chiang Mai
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Since coming to Thailand, I’ve fallen in love with all of the Handicrafts of the “Hill Tribes” in Thailand.  Each Hill Tribe has their own patterns and colors which you begin to recognize as you move through the markets. Since I’m also a huge fan of anything made by hand, I jumped at the chance to attend a workshop demonstrating […]

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How to make a kratong!

Chiang Mai
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Loi Kratong is the Festival of Lights in Thailand and a main component is the launching of hundreds of lighted kratongs which are little vessels decorated with banana leaves and flowers. The significance is to thank the water/river spirit for rain and bountiful harvests. Chiang Mai celebrates with a big outdoor festival where food vendors line the streets, […]

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Life and Death at Baan Dam “Black House”

Chiang Rai
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I stand in a huge room staring at the head and hide of a large alligator that is laid across a table and wonder what I’ve gotten myself into but it’s not just the full alligator, it’s also the snake-skin and chairs made of buffalo horns, or skulls, or hides, or all of the above […]

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A visit to the stunning White Temple

Chiang Rai
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The hidden gem: Suan Phakkad Palace Museum

Bangkok
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My mom’s second foray into Thai culture was at the Suan Phakkad Palace Museum. This is a hidden gem in Bangkok offering beautiful green gardens, traditional Thai stilted homes and a rich look into Thai culture. Where we unfortunately had an abbreviated tour of 30 minutes, there is much to explore over multiple hours. As the […]

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Kyoto afternoon

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My last Kyoto post left off at the Seiryoji Temple, in Arashiyama. From there we boarded a bus, still hungry from our failed attempt to find our desired restaurant, and my clever friend navigated us across town to the Philosopher’s Walk. With her navigation, the bus system was very easy and an all day pass equated […]

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Trip to a lush Tropical Spice Garden

Georgetown Penang
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Entering the gardens, the sun was obscured by a huge canopy. The lush gardens made it challenging to take in just how large the grounds were. Trees and plants monopolized every surface so that sections of trails were obscured from view. My eyes would find trails higher and higher on the hill. It was exciting […]

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