We have made it safe and sound to Thailand! Made it through customs quick and easy and met up with our tour company. We had a long drive to our hotel for the night, but we are finally here. Not a lot of photos for this post, since it’s been dark since we landed, but tomorow will bring more! I can’t wait to see what this place looks like in the sunshine.


“Life is ether a great adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller


I Hope Everyone is Packed!

“A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

― Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The time is almost upon us y’all! I hope everyone is packed and don’t forget your towel!


Let the Learning Begin!

The Senior Library – Our Home for the Next Two Days

The discussions are going fantastically already! This is going to be a great trip. The students are excited and have already made some amazing points regarding tourism and how it can affect a community. Their comparison of how tourists act in their community of  East Hampton and how they plan on acting in Thailand was very interesting. Since half of the students going with us to Thailand are locals, they have grown up experiencing living in a tourist destination. I am really interested in watching how their experiences being on the locals side of tourism will influence their behavior and reactions to being a tourist in Thailand.

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(Photos will get better once I start using a real camera and not my cell phone. I promise!)

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Getting the Details Finalized!

Hello Everyone!

Wes, John, and I are working on those last minute details! Notice the winter coats the guys are wearing? We won’t be needing those in three days. Who else is excited for warmer weather in Thailand?!


In addition to the warmer weather, I hope everyone is excited to learn about and experience everything Thailand will offer us. The three of us have been working hard gathering pre-trip knowledge to share with you. Remember to do your first assigned reading, “The Role of Tourism in Elephant Welfare in Northern Thailand” 8342_Journal of Tourism (2009). It is an extremely interesting article and we highly recommend it to anyone else who may be reading this blog, but is not on the trip.

I hope everyone is ready to start tomorrow and has started packing!

“The Wanderlust has got me… by the belly-aching fire”
― Robert W. ServiceRhymes of a Rolling Stone