First day

Today is the first day of my next adventure – a one month vacation in Thailand. I’m now on the subway to the airport, leaving most of my Korean life neatly packed away in a suitcase at my friend Cody’s place in Seoul, I will return for my bags during a stopover on my way home. I have packed everything i plan to take into this backpack.

Yesterday Cody helped me find and buy this bag in dongdaemun market. He couldn’t believe then, and still can’t believe now, that this is all I plan to take with me. He kept encouraging me to look for larger bags, but I stuck to my plan.

I like to travel. And when I travel all my vacation luggage must fit in a single carry on, preferably one I can sling over my shoulder while touring – on crowded busses or wandering foreign marketplaces – if necessary. Inside is one weeks’ worth of clothes, an iPad and iPhone, a camera and zoom lens, chargers for the electronics, a couple books for my CELTA course, and a ziplock bag of toiletry items. Anything else I need I can probably buy there for a lot cheaper.

I also like to travel metaphorically light. My to-do list for this trip is as short as my bag is small. I only have three things listed.

1. Ride an elephant
2. Take a Thai cooking class
3. Go diving off a beautiful island

That’s it! Of course I plan to do a lot more with my time, but I like to set very achievable goals. The way I figure it, if I go in with simple expectations I can’t be disappointed. Hell, even if I only do 2 out of 3 of my goals, I can say I did most of what I planned to do.

I also plan to meet up with my friend and former coworker Gill for part of the trip, and time permitting I want to go to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat and the Khmer Rouge sites in Phnom Phen.

Following my vacation, I will start my teacher training course, the CELTA, which I will talk more about later.

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