I've been back in the States for about a week and a half and am just starting to get settled. It probably doesn't help that after landing in Boston on Wednesday, I flew to Durham on Friday, to New York on Sunday, back to Durham on Tuesday, then to Las Vegas on Wednesday and, finally, back to Durham last night. Needless to say I'm exhausted. But now I get to stay here in Durham for awhile, catch up with friends and finish up my last term of business school. Being back is certainly a bit strange - even though I checked out for a little while, the world definitely kept moving along. Slowly, but surely I'm getting back up to speed.
Before I get too far into this, I should say that I've been amazed at how many people have told me that they've read this site and enjoyed following along with my travels. I just spent the last several minutes flipping back through the pages and I can't believe myself how much I experienced over the past few months. I started by pounding mochi in Hawaii and finished by firing an AK-47 in Saigon. Along the way, I tried my hand at surfing, enjoyed my first loco moco, rode an elephant, chilled with tigers, met the Thai Britney Spears, climbed the ruins of Angkor, ate a snake, danced with fire, motorbiked through Vietnam, and had a million other memories along the way. I truly enjoyed writing about them all - it was nice to sit back and reflect a bit at the end of the day about what I had done. For those who didn't discover this web site, the "how was your trip?" question is often answered with a simple "it was awesome" - I think we can all agree, that it doesn't quite convey the experiences I had. Time will tell if these adventures prove to be "life changing" for me. At this point, I'm willing to concede that they were certainly "life expanding."
In closing, although my travels have ended, I think I am going to keep writing. I really do enjoy it and although I won't be globe trotting, I think I can find some interesting topics and tidbits to write about. In true Thai fashion, it will be "same same, but different"... if you are interested check back soon or enter your email over to the right and I'll be sure to drop a note when I start things up again.
In the meantime, thank you for joining me on my trip!