A writing exercise on Pai, describing the feel of this moment

After taking a long road,whose only consistency is the sheer number of deft turns that are so numerous that you lose count of them within minutes you have no idea where you are going. At every turn you can see the forest and hills that surround the region and seem to go on and on …

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You don’t have to walk the path alone

I was heading into town for dinner when I saw a few of the guys but instead of stopping when they called at me I just kept on going. It was a stark reminder of how I keep myself segregated from most people. There are a few reasons for this, one of them is that …

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Giving the possibility a voice

I knew nothing about the world when I started and only know a little bit more in the 2 years I’ve been abroad. It’s been almost 9 years since I moved away from home to Toronto, Ontario spending years trying to find my way. I left Canada in 2013 and have been on the road …

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Reclaiming the Beginning

I could hear the birds begin to sing, the dark giving way to the haze of the early day and the mist over the hills rolling through the hills in the distance. It was through the in-betweens of the wooden planks that make up the walls of my bungalow where I could see the night …

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Budget, Generosity and Selfishness

Today at the gym I was told off by someone when we were going to get food for taking too much and being selfish and he was right. I was being selfish and for that I am sorry. People have been so generous with me I should show the same courtesy as they do. I …

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2 Years and 12 Countries (so far)

In 2013 I had hit a wall that I just couldn’t get over, searching for work, scraping the bottom of the barrel for anything if only to keep busy. I didn’t believe that I could because I had been kicked to the gutter more times that I care to remember. Here is the thing I …

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If I ever met….

If I ever met love, she would be a passionate kiss, a push and a challenge to be more than I could ever see within myself.

If I were to meet hate he would try to punch me in the gut so I never forget the pain.

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Seeing versus Experiencing

So I’ve been traveling for 2 years, more than half of that has been wandering Asia, the rest hanging out in Pai, Thailand doing Muay Thai. If there is one thing I know is that many tourists that come in and out are about maximizing their short time in a place which is understandable. I did the same thing for a long time, spending no more than a few days in any one place before moving on knowing I had very little time until I had to move on.

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The Root of No Belief

People travel the world for a number of reasons this is what we say for many it is a holiday, the ability to explore, the oh so common I’m finding myself, to having to do or see something very specific. I don’t think those are at the root of why we need to wander. Sure they are part of the reason but not the stem from which the reason grows.

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Why to get into the Ring and Why Not

So I’ve been doing Muay Thai since August last year at Charn Chai in Pai, Thailand. I was never that physically active before this time. Since I’ve been traveling I’ve walked a ton, trekked mountains in 40 Degree Celsius heat but have never really been consistently physically active until now. So here I am thinking …

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