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  • To Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on 115cc of bike

    To Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on 115cc of bike

    A 05:30 wake-up and still I hadn’t beat the sunrise. It was already light outside. Lighter than I’d thought it would be. Lighter than I’d hoped. If we were operating on monk time, it was already alms-giving hour, and those quiet lines of orange-robed novices would be filing out onto the city streets ready to receive their offerings. I didn’t want to miss it. Read More →
  • Morning alms and sunburnt arms at Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai

    Morning alms and sunburnt arms at Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai

    I’d been to Chiang Mai once before, only a few months before. On that occasion, I’d left not knowing what all the fuss was about. Everybody I’d spoken to about the city had spoken of it as some kind mystical, mountain-ringed Xanadu, where every cliché about what life in Thailand for the soul-searching foreigner should be like rang true. They’d speak misty-eyed of its “laid-back vibe” Read More →
  • Photo of the Week #22: Buddhist Wisdom

    Photo of the Week #22: Buddhist Wisdom

    Not usually one for posting photos of myself, I feel a brief exception can be made this time, if only for the sake of spreading a little Buddhist wisdom on a Sunday afternoon. I’m not sure whether the Buddha actually said as much when contemplating the relative merits of the work-shy and the handsome, but I think we can all appreciate the sentiment. There’s no such thing as a free … Read More →