Tag: Asia

February 28, 2014 Tessa Bradford 17 comments

In Trouble in Laos for my own dangerous stupidity In Vientiane I demonstrated my previously untapped potential for complete and utter stupidity. After taking an over night sleeper train to the Thai-Laos border, we stood in line at immigration. The young man in front of me had a problem– He was trying to pay for his Laos visa…

February 18, 2014 Tessa Bradford 5 comments

The Safari Park Zoo We arrived in Kanchanaburi unsure of what to expect of our time at the Safari Park Open Zoo. We were excited to see animals but we didn’t know much about the project. At the designated meeting spot in town we met a few of the other new volunteers, had a bit…

January 12, 2014 Tessa Bradford 4 comments

Why Cambodia Deserves Our Attention I didn’t know much about Cambodia, but it was a new place to see and that’s usually a good enough reason for me to want to go somewhere. Plus, there was Angkor Wat to explore, and seeing the Wonders of the World is high on my bucket list. But Cambodia…

January 10, 2014 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

Backpacking Southeast Asia For two months Nicole and I explored Southeast Asia. We went to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Singapore. We volunteered at a zoo and befriended lions, monkeys and giraffes. We helped build a sustainable living community and Buddhist monastery in the jungle. There were riverboats, beaches, bustling markets and wild animals all…

November 28, 2013 Tessa Bradford 5 comments

The Mindfulness Project We were in Khon Kaen because we had volunteered to help with the Mindfulness Project, a Buddhist monastery that was being built in the jungle along with a sustainable community to give housing to the homeless of the city. We met up with our hosts, a young German couple called Christian and…

November 15, 2013 Tessa Bradford 4 comments

Thailand and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Bus With Taiwan sadly in my rear view, I went to Northern Ireland for my friend Amy’s wedding and a brief respite from Asia. Home-cooked food and people I love like family made it a great week. From Ireland I headed back east and landed in…

October 23, 2013 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

Goodbye, Taiwan I said goodbye toTaiwan, after two amazing years. Leaving a place that means something to you is a lot like saying goodbye to a loved one. It’s never easy. But it was the right time. We become so attached to the people, the places, and the phases in our lives. Fears can plague…

August 29, 2013 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

A Roadtrip Around Taiwan I have a checklist of things to do before I leave Taiwan, because my time in this beautiful country is starting to run out. So Karlis rented a motorcycle and we woke ourselves up at 3am one morning to hit the road and travel the island.  Two and a half days,…

June 11, 2013 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

Important Life Lessons from Nepal Important life lessons learned in Nepal: Riding an elephant feels like riding in an enormous rocking chair. In the jungle. Bundle up when you’re going cross-country on a motorcycle. Even if it’s a warm day, as soon as the wind starts whipping you as you cruise down the road, it…

June 4, 2013 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

A Little Piece of Home My mom and two younger sisters were all with me last week to see Taiwan. It was kind of amazing to have family around again for a little while. Lotus Lake One of my younger sisters, Maura, has been here since February– and while we don’t always exactly see eye…