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Meghan in Thailand

Happy Loy Krathong

I swear each weekend is better than the last. And considering this weekend started on Wednesday night, it had a lot more time to be amazing. Wednesday night I joined a big group of international students on a 10-hour bus ride to Chiang Mai for the Thai holiday Loy Krathong—a holiday to honor the water goddess where thais light beautiful krathongs and float them down the river, and in Chiang Mai everyone sends lanterns into the sky as well. And round trip it only cost 900 baht! When we arrived […]

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Paradise Island

Koh Chang was certainly of a slice of paradise. Though I think I say it every weekend, I think this was the most beautiful place I’ve been in Thailand. It definitely made the 8 hour car ride worth while. CIS picked us up at midnight on Friday night, so unfortunately we didn’t get to do much Halloween celebrating. Instead, we just watched some American Horror Story to get us in spirit for the holiday. Although 9 grumpy people crammed into a van was a bit horrific in it’s own… Just […]

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“Wait. We don’t even know a single word of vietnamese”

Thank goodness for the King’s birthday giving us at Mahidol a day off of school. So what do I do with a 4-day weekend you ask? Go to Vietnam. Duh. After some fumbling to get visas, re-entry permits, etc. etc. WE FLEW TO NAM!! We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City late in the afternoon on Thursday and once we got through immigration and exchanged some baht into dong (the weirdest currency I’ve seen yet), we hopped in a cab to get to the train station. Or at least we […]

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Studying Abroad

Although it may look like I’m just abroad living a dream ((which I am)), but doing no school work or studying, I assure you I am. I’m only taking four classes this semester though, so I have a bit lighter load than I typically might at the University of Minnesota. For the record though, today one of my professors told me that travel is more important that school. So HA! Still, as a design student, I think I have the biggest workload out of anyone else in my program here.. […]

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Ayutthaya

This Saturday, our program, CIS abroad, took us to Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya was the old capital city of Thailand and once the largest city in the world. Today it’s a UNESCO world heritage site, and a beautiful one at that. Around the city are many different cultural sites including the Royal Summer Home, a museum of ancient relics from the old capital city, a temple in ruins, and an active buddhist temple, all of which we toured throughout the day. My favorite by far was the ruins of the old temple. […]

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Where are they Days Going?

I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through October. It seems like I just got to Thailand yesterday, yet I’ve been here for almost 6 weeks! Time really needs to slow down…so I can have more time to blog. Between classes, homework, traveling, eating, and maybe some sleeping somewhere in there, I’m not sure where all the time goes. Here’s a recap of what I’ve been doing the past couple weeks: 2 weeks ago, 3 other girls and I went to a tourist-y beach town a couple of hours away called […]

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Adventureland

I like to live my life asking myself the question “When’s the last time you did something for the first time?” And lately the answer is every day, multiple times a day. This weekend of adventure was no exception. Another one for the books. Firsts: First time in Kanchanaburi – a tourist town about two hours away that a few friends and I traveled to on a hot, crowded minibus. After waiting and wondering for about 30 minutes if we would actually be able to catch this supposed bus, we […]

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Best Weekend in World History

This weekend was, without doubt, a dream come true and quite possibly the best weekend in the history in the world. Friday night, we flew out of BKK to Chiang Mai where we checked into a guesthouse (a first for me) which was pretty janky and gross but I’m pretty sure it only cost like 10 bucks to stay there for two nights, so who even cares. We barely spent any time there anyways. First thing, we headed down to a little market area where we planned to go see […]

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So. Tired. Need. Sleep. Please. Send. Better. Pillows.

But really. The bed in my apartment is the hardest bed I’ve ever slept on. That’s the only complaint I’m going to give though, because this place is too busy and exciting to worry about sleeping. I’ll sleep when I’m dead. Plus, between heat exhaustion and walking miles around Salaya or Bangkok, I’m usually just that tired by the end of the day that I fall asleep as soon as my head crashes into the pillow. It’s going to be harder than I thought to keep up with this whole […]

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So Much to Do, so Little Sleep.

The beds here are extremely uncomfortable so I’m not sure if that’s why I’m not sleeping well or if it’s because I’m still sort of jet-lagged but I’ve been waking up around 5:30 or 6 every morning. (That’s pretty early for me, ok?) And our days have been packed with so much exploring and amazement that I can’t even believe it. Everything is so new and exciting. I LOVE IT. I’ve wandered around the area by my apartment quite a bit now and have a pretty good grasp on the […]

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Official Day 1

So today after I slept until about noon and finished doing some miscellaneous things, I ventured out into the streets of Thailand by myself, despite both my parents asking me not to. But it was almost dinner time and I hadn’t eaten anything at all yet. Plus this Australian advisor dude for my program stopped by and basically said it was safe to go wherever. At least that’s how I took it. Things I learned after that: It’s very hot here. It reached 90 degrees today but felt like 99 […]

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Day 1?

Well I’m not really sure what day it is. Yesterday consisted of about 28 hours of travel.. if I calculated that correctly.  However, my total day was about 33 hours and included maybe 8 hours of uncomfortable plane sleep.  I ate breakfast at midnight, dinner at 6AM, and ice cream for a mid-morning snack.  I’m not gonna complain though, the plane food was actually quite tasty.  And despite the gruesome length of them, the flights were great.  Not as bad as everyone had me anticipating them. When I arrived in […]

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