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Hiking on Koh Tao

Greetings from Koh Tao! After a whirlwind three days in Bangkok following our adventures in Khao Yai, we ventured back down to our little island once again. Bangkok was busy as both Ian and I juggled out-of-country guests (his parents, my college BFF and co.), big city errands, an immigration appointment, and some good old…

Downtown Vegas

"Alex, you have got to come up to East Freemont!" My friend Liz, a passionate Vegas transplant and trusted advisor on all topics, had been telling me this for years. Yet somehow it never quite made its way onto any of my Nevada itineraries. Four trips in and I've done my fair share of exploring…

Khao Yai National Park

After years of returning over and over again to Thailand, I'm always awed at how much of this fascinating country I have left to discover. I kicked off this week with three crazy stormy days on my island base of Koh Tao. It was a surprise after last week's beautiful weather in Koh Phangan, and…

Britney Las Vegas

My name is Alexandra Baackes, and I have a confession to make. Seeing the Princess of Pop live in Las Vegas? It was a highlight of my twenty-six years on this planet. And I'm not ashamed. The fact that a preteen in the early 2000's was obsessed with Britney Spears doesn't need much of an…

The Flamingo

Long time readers know that the Vegas itch hits about once a year -- this past August, just two weeks after returning from Aruba, Sin City called again. Around a year ago, my girl Zoe and our sisters and I were all in New Orleans having a blast, and started dreaming up what our next…

Koh Phangan Vegan Sushi

Greetings from Koh Phangan! (Okay, technically I'm back in Koh Tao by now, but I so rarely get to say it from anywhere else these days...) My forty-eight hours over on Koh Phangan, Koh Tao's split-personality island neighbor, were bliss. I was there to meet up with college BFF and Wanderland regular Zoe as well…

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