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Sai Nuan

Sai Nuan has long been my favorite beach on Koh Tao. Tucked into the southwest corner of the island and more or less unreachable by road -- I'd certainly never drive that treacherous dirt path some might call a road -- you have to either take a longtail or hike a pleasant twenty minutes through…

Week-192

Yesterday I said goodbye to Nicaragua. I wasn't expecting to be so attached to this country in under a month, and I felt quite sad to leave! If it weren't for some of my favorite humans in the world waiting just over the border in El Salvador, I don't think I would have. I have…

Halloween in Koh Tao

Koh Samui, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok again -- I'd been all over Thailand in just a few weeks. It was time to go home. This pier always makes my heart swell. Photos by Heather Holt. Returning back to Koh Tao post-Yi Peng wasn't in my original plan. But once I fell…

Fibroadenoma Story

It’s not cancer. I say that with a kind of apologetic laugh, anytime it comes up that I’ve now had two tumors surgically removed in the past two years. Nope, it’s not cancer. But it is a pain in my butt – or more accurately, my boob. It’s not cancer. I say that because sometimes…

Yi Peng

In a life that sometimes feels like a never-ending parade of amazing experiences and beautiful moments, I'm the first to admit I'm grateful -- and the first to admit I can get a little jaded. To shake me out of those occasional weary times, I need one of what I (and, granted, Oprah) call our…

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