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Arty weekend around Austin.

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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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Breath-taking beauty in Bai Tu Long Bay

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The most frequent recommendation I heard while preparing for my trip to Vietnam was to go to Ha Long Bay. As it turns out, the best cruise in Ha Long Bay is actually to cruise out of it, and into Bai Tu Long Bay on the ship the Treasure Junk. Ha Long Bay is famous […]

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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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Doi Inthanon, a park of beauty

Chiang Mai
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Doi Inthanon National Park hosts the highest point in Thailand at 2565.3341 meters above sea level and has an impressive collection of birds, animals, plants and flowers within its border. As Chiang Mai is starting to heat up and smoke, it is a nice retreat from the city. Our journey began with our friend channeling his […]

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The beautiful Himalayan Cherry Blossoms

Chiang Mai
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Anyone would agree that Thailand is much cheaper to live in than Japan but does it have sakuras? Turns out the answer is “YES” but here they go by a slightly more exotic name, “Tiger Queen”. To get to these light pink beauties requires about an hour drive outside of Chiang Mai, winding up the […]

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Up up and away!

Chiang Rai
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Saturday found us at the Thailand International Balloon Festival, a two-day event hosting 15 hot air balloons from “around the world”. As I’ve always wanted to go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta launch, we braved a very early morning to see their first launch and a new future passion was created. With the sky […]

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I love a parade, Loi Kratong.

Chiang Mai
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Last week wrapped up the beautiful Loi Kratong festivities here in Chiang Mai. The celebrations transformed the city into a huge outdoor festival that couldn’t be stopped with constant rain nor quieted, as fireworks sounded at all hours (even during the day). The streets were filled with tourists and locals alike taking part in this festival […]

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Friday Getaway: Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

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As a Friday getaway, take a quick trip to Ao Nang Beach in Krabi Province, Thailand. They have gorgeous limestone cliffs and curious wildlife that will check you out too. I loved Ao Nang Beach for its limestone cliffs and in off-season we had it mostly to ourselves. We headed there last August for my birthday and that […]

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