The night before we leave for the Surin Islands we check into small individual bungalows. This is mine.
t’s a rickety hut with simple lines. At a distance it looks exotic. Upon closer inspection, the slats are so far apart little is kept out. Luckily, the queen-size bed is covered with mosquito netting. I walk lightly across the fragile floor hoping to get to the other side of the hut where a back door opens to a narrow, unstable balcony that overlooks a river and forest. A wrong move, or heavy foot could send the balcony, and me along with it, reeling into the water below. Read More
It’s early morning. I got up at about 4 am to practice yoga and meditate. Uncertain when I’ll have another opportunity, it feels like a luxury to have these last few minutes to myself.
We board our van that’s bulging with tents, bags, pots, knives and gifts for the Moken. Read More
IT’S ABOUT TIME… AN UNFORGETTABLE LESSON
Today as I was dashing through the usual busy-ness of life, I reflected on a lesson I learned while on an expedition in Satawal. Read More
It’s been said that we can never cross the same river twice… each time we return to the place from which we have departed, we are never the same.
A day at the office, a flurry of errands… the landscape across which we’ve traversed hardly matters. The point is that we are different, even subtly… the piercing eyes of a stranger, the sound of children’s laughter, tension at work. Every experience affects us from the most dramatic to indistinguishable. Read More
The Andaman Sea is a jeweled masterpiece. More beautiful than almost any ocean I’ve ever seen.
We’re traveling on a Moken vessel. Our journey is about 5 hours. On the boat with a team of researchers led by Dr. Narumon Arunotai from Chula University, the largest university in Thailand. Read More
Today’s celebration of Carnival is Christian-influenced. Goa was colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It was annexed in 1961.
Though Hindu and Christians co-exist here, the history of this region is as devastating as any part of the world that has been colonized, acculturated, and marginalized. Read More