I love Thailand, from the stunning beaches of the South, to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to the tranquil mountains around Chang Mai, but the premiere episode of Bizarre Foods kicking off the new Spring 2010 season took me to a corner of the country that is perhaps the global epicenter of all culinary nightmares. There is no good reason for anyone to ever go to Udon Thani. Located just a few miles from the Laos, it’s a factory feeder town, with labor and parts flowing freely back and forth across the Thai-Laos border. There are no redeeming features about this town save a few historical sites and archeological digs that fell easily into the “seen it” category for even the most cursory enthusiast. What Udon Thani and environs has plenty of are Bizarre Foods! What fascinated me about going there was the desire to see a corner of the country that everyone ignores, where the Issan culture still thrives and where anything imaginable is available for dinner. Continue reading: The Epicenter of Culinary Nightmares? »
April, 2010 Archive
Global Explorers is a Mission-Driven Nonprofit Organization that believes in education, service, cross cultural exchange and provides support in helping students experience the physical and cultural diversity of our world. When I first heard about Global Explorers I wanted to get involved right away. Their values are my values.
The student travel industry is more than just a field trip to the Statue Of Liberty. That’s important, and has its place, but with our planet experiencing dangerous ecological, social, political and economic shape shifting, the future of our global community depends on the young people of the world. And if we expect them to rise to the occasion and lead us into the 21st Century then we better make sure they understand the world. And the only way to do that is to let them see it. Continue reading: Me and GE »