Month: January 2016

Bayon temple Angkor

Touching History in Cambodia

The temple sandstone retains the sun’s heat, so as we sit here in the late afternoon, lengthening shadows against the many faceted turrets of the Bayon — the magnificent center of the Angkor ancient kingdom — I can… Read More

Ziplining Through the Jungle

We bumped along a dusty road in a car outfitted with lots of ropes and pulleys. My brother was carsick as usual, but I was excited. We were on our way to zipline, deep in the forest outside of Chiang… Read More

Caring for Elephants in Thailand

Care for Injured Elephants

We woke up early and jumped in a van in front of our guesthouse in Chiang Mai. We were going to see the elephants! Elephant Nature Park is a place where they save hurt elephants and elephants that have been mistreated. It was started… Read More

Heading Off to Thai School

The Making of Global Citizens

We’d been exploring central and northern Thailand for sixteen days already. Jet lag was a (relatively) distant memory. We’d searched out hidden temples, secret beaches, bustling markets. We’d been conveyed by transportation modes the boys had never even… Read More

Shooting Pool in Chiang Mai

Connections in Chiang Mai

Sitting in the dining car of the night train to Chiang Mai, warm night air in our faces as the lights of Northern Thai towns raced past us, I whispered to Miles, “This part. I want to remember… Read More

Snorkeling in Koh Samet


Happiness, something as hard to chase as the sun, yet so close you can reach out and grab it. It all started with an Uber car picking us up in Berkeley with all our bags, heavy and laden with… Read More

Sand Crabs at the Beach

Sand Crabs on the Beach

Today I went exploring on the beaches of Koh Samet, an island in Thailand a few hours from Bangkok.   As I was walking along, I saw these little holes in the ground and I wasn’t sure what… Read More