Pattaya: a veil removed.

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Having spent a week in Pattaya, I would say this is not the best time of year to visit. It’s hot. And if you aren’t solely focused on chasing short-shorts in 4-inch heels, you will quickly discover that there isn’t … Continue reading

The Sanctuary of Truth

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I don’t want to leave the impression that Pattaya or this little slice of Thailand on the coast is quite as naturally colorless or socially grim as I may have painted it. If you find your way here, for whatever … Continue reading

Pattaya

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I’m in a holding pattern, waiting for my flights back home. This pattern happens to be occurring 2 hours south in a dense and busy city on the Gulf of Siam, known for, well, let’s leave that for later. I’d … Continue reading

They don’t make it easy.

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As of today, I may have crossed over a line. An imaginary line, to be sure, but a line nevertheless. Has my patience been exhausted… or am I just ready to leave? This is a place where things that many … Continue reading

Sweet sorrow….

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This morning I did the deed. I walked into the Jet Airways office on Lazimpat and changed my departure plan for Wed, the 20th. That will put me on a flight 8 days early and will put me in BKK … Continue reading

What Now?

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The nervous system has been studied ad nauseum by people who have an inexhaustible curiosity about what makes us tick. Scientific reductionism at its best: given stimulus X, what is the response? Change the stimulus, observe the response. We can … Continue reading

Tsoknyi Gechak School II

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It seems so long ago now, but before the earthquake(s), follow-up visits to the Tsoknyi Gechak School for further environmental education took place for the combined classes 5&6 (ages 14-16). These visits were to talk about climate change in Nepal … Continue reading

Relief on the Ground

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  I head out from the offices of Olive Nepal to a loaded covered pickup truck at the corner. I shared the front seat with the driver and Subash. There are four others in the back. Our destination is Dhading, … Continue reading

Olive Nepal

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Aryan Uprety is an educational consultant with a degree in social work. Olive Nepal, formed in February, 2014, is an environmental advocacy group and a registered non-profit NGO. Aryan became the Nepal coordinator for CCL in August, 2014. ONCE Institute, formed … Continue reading

The Road Back

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I mentioned in one of my original posts about Nepal that the nation has been leaking, or should I say hemorrhaging, young educated people for some time, as many as 2000 per day. The employment opportunities just don’t exist here. … Continue reading