Lake Brata- Bedugal, Bali

Road Trip to Freezing Bedugal, Bali

We’re freezing. I’m not sure how it can be this cold so close to the equator, but we are wearing the warmest clothing we have, including socks. The view from our not so child or adult friendly cabin is stunning. Lake Bratan has dark waters on this cloudy day and the horizontal line of mist […]

Three Gifts from Bangkok

My bikini didn’t get me in trouble in Bangkok. I wasn’t mugged, killed or offered any sexual activities. The well meant warnings were nice, but folks, I grew up in Cicero, a town near the south side of Chicago. I can hold my own in a city. I may not look like it, but I […]

To Bangkok. Alone.

A woman must treat herself well. That’s why I ordered 2 cups of tea on the plane headed toward Bangkok, unwrapped the shiny foil of a decadent chocolate bar that Mr. King packed for me, busted out my kindle and watched the clouds creep backwards. I’m headed on a solo trip to further expand the […]

Caving with Kids in Chiang Dao, Thailand

A reason to leave the city would be to witness the beauty of nature. So, we escaped with our friends from the grip of Chiang Mai for the greener pastures of Chiang Dao, a small town a 1 1/2 hours north of the city. We rolled into the bus station looking very stylish. The bus […]

What day is Christmas?

We’re celebrating our 3rd Christmas overseas, this time in Bali. You’d never know that it’s Christmas time. The sun is as shiny and warm as ever. The blue pool calls our name every morning for a swim. There are no decorations around town that would hint that it’s December and we should be buying gifts […]

Balls of sausage

Eating on the Streets of Chiang Mai

A walk around the city of Chiang Mai at any time of the day will reveal several vendors selling their specialty street food. Here’s a small, and I really mean small, sampling of the choices you have when walking the streets of Chiang Mai. I’ll start with what is most common, which is the abundance […]

Feeding Frenzy at Chiang Mai Zoo, Thailand

Chiang Mai Zoo – An interactive festival of feeding animals On a beautiful day in Chiang Mai, we set out to visit the Chiang Mai zoo with 4 other traveling families. I’m normally not a fan of zoos, but admit that the Chiang Mai zoo was one of the most interactive zoos we’ve ever experienced. […]

Three Strikes for Thailand

I’ve always had this incredibly powerful draw to Thailand. I just knew that I was going to fall in love and want to spend the rest of my days drinking coconut water and eating pad thai. The thoughts of eating deliciously spicy food in an exotic landscape for super cheap is appealing. Knowing that a […]