Mountain Temple

A few kilometers to the west of Chiang Mai’s old city walls is a mountain called Doi Suthep, and at the summit of that mountain is a large temple named Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. I could have taken a taxi up the long, winding road to visit the temple, but after about a week of…

Fresh Natural Apathy

It’s pretty clear that people differ in all of the ways that it is possible to vary. Ask any child if and how they’re set apart from another person, and they’ll come up with a list of traits. Eye color, height, and hey, that kid can fit his whole hand into his mouth. It’s a…

Megacity Circuit

On Monday morning, I left Baltimore to go to the other side of the planet. It took a long time and a non-trivial amount of money, but it happened. No six-month voyage. No small army of translators and traders. No small army of actual army. Just a backpack and a space-age machine blasting through the…