Sunday, March 20, 2005

The End of The Road, The Start of Another

It's been hard keeping this journal updated, I guess I have an excuse.. I've been travelling.

I have decided that I'm coming home in a week or two, a month earlier then I expected. Travelling through India for 4 months, and then into Thailand and now Laos has left me pretty exhausted. I'm tired of not having nothing to do! I'm not in the least disappointed, I think I accomplished quite a lot and have learned about another small part of our world. Right now I'm in Vientiene, Laos. I'm heading back into Thailand in a few days, then into Nong Khai where I volunteered last year, then to Bangkok and back home.

I know my posts are short, but I will be home soon.

Much Love,
Josh

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Happy Birthday To Me

Having a birthday in northern Thailand isn't so bad. I just got back from a 3-day trekking tour visiting some of the hill tribes in Thailand near Chaing Mai. Today we went white water rafting and bamboo rafting, I had a great time. Then, after getting back into town I got a Thai massage for $2.50. Overall day went great and now I'm the mighty 23 yrs old.

Chaing Mai is a pretty good place to visit. On Sunday I went to the Sunday Market where hundreds of venders line the street selling their wares: paintings, wood carvings, drums, if you want it they have it - and the prices are cheaper then you could imagine.

I have about 2 months left before I had back and I'm going to try to make the most out of it.. yet on the other hand, I think I'm going to spend as much time as I want in each country and if I don't make it to Cambodia I'll just have to come back next time.

Things in Thailand are pretty good, although pretty much the same as when I was here last year. Tomorrow I'm heading to Pai and then off to Chaing Rai to a border crossing into Laos, then taking a 2 day slow boat on the Mekong River.

I took a lot of pictures from the trekking this weekend, but my camera fell into the water so I hope they aren't damaged too bad.

Anyway, I'm off to hit up the Chaing Mai nightlife. Take care everyone.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Keeping Everyone Posted

Once again, it's been awhile since I updated - but better late then never.

I arrived in Bangkok a few hours ago on Royal Bhutan Airways which, as it turns out, is a really great airlines and they don't even charge for the food like el crapo Northwest does. I wasn't sure how I'd feel coming back here, since I was here last year. When I arrived, I figured I'd head to where I stayed..last year - and I spent the last few hours walking down the roads I walked... last year. Well, getting the picture? Anyway, I don't think I'm going to stay here for too long, I'm heading up to Laos in 2 weeks and trying to do the SE Asia tour in 2 months, which should be a challenge.

I'm staying here Kaosan Road, the main backpacker hangout in Thailand. It's amazing at how developed this place has become, catering to the whim of the "backpacker." I sort of hestitate to say backpacker, because it seems like most of these people just saw the movie Roadtrip and decided backpacking was the cool thing to do. So they all are fashionable and well-groomed, to each his own!

Leaving India wasn't too hard. I was ready. My ears were ready. How can I sum up nearly 4 months? It's pretty difficult to describe, but I certainly will remember it for the rest of my life.

I'll keep everyone posted (hopefully) and of course if you ever email me I will always email you back as soon as I can.

Keep in touch.