GUEST INTERVIEW: Talking Thailand with Gee, Cassandra

7 03 2012

Co-Fulbrighter Casey Gambill’s Gee, Cassandra blog is one of the most professional and entertaining out there examining the Spanish experience. Her keen photographic eye provides consistently engaging imagery to illustrate her frequently amusing, ever-accurate observations of Spanish customs and culture in and out of the classroom. I’m lucky to have her as blogger comrade-in-arms, and was honored when she approached me a few weeks ago regarding the possibility of putting together a guest interview for her having to do with my experience teaching English in Thailand.

Just go. If you’re looking to teach English, living very well is quite easy. Get ready for nothing to be like you expect; come with mind and heart open. Do not forget your dancing shoes.

… respect/celebrate the culture around you as much as possible, in as many directions as that takes you: doing the wai, attempting a Thai-spicy som tam, being invited to midday karaoke and whiskey on the side of a mountain road while hitchhiking up north…

In the full interview, I manage to also hit on the joy of mangosteen, the usefulness of the phrase of phet phet mak, the glory of the klong boat public transport system, and the importance of having interests beyond buckets of Red Bull-vodka. Read it here.





GUEST POST – Public Art in Madrid, Part One: The Painted

24 10 2011

A guest post of mine has just gone up on the blog of Tripping.com, a site dedicated to helping travelers connect with each other around the globe; I designed it to go hand-in-hand with yesterday’s post on Madrid’s public art scene, only this time focusing on painted works rather than mixed media.

No one neighborhood can lay claim to expressive exclusivity, but the northern barrio of Malasaña is an excellent place to take its pulse. After oppressive dictator Franco‘s death in 1975, these labyrinthine streets breathed deep at last, giving rise to the counter-cultural shift known as la movida madrileña. The surge of radical movement in art, music, and fashion permanently established this area’s alternative identity, which is immediately observable in the plethora of kaleidoscopic murals on its walls...

Read more: Must-See: Public Art of Madrid, Spain at Tripping.com