Weekly photo post (with words!): Mae Taeng Valley, Thailand

When I was volunteering at Elephant Nature Park, a few volunteers and I were recruited to cheer for some of the park employees, who play a weekly soccer match against a local team. We were loaded into the bed of a pickup truck and dodged low-lying branches as we sped through the beautiful hills surrounding … Continue reading

AMBASSADOR Kelsey. Yes, I’m brushing off my shoulder.

I’ve never been an ambassador for anything…until now! A few weeks ago, I applied to become an “Elephant Ambassador” to the city of Toronto. It’s a program run by the Elephant Nature Foundation, which you may remember as the place I volunteered at back in October 2011. Well, I was accepted and I am now … Continue reading

Little Post, Big Animal

I’ve just wrapped up my week volunteering at an elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai, and I was very sad to leave. It was a great time, and I saw and experienced more than I could’ve imagined. I fed, bathed, and learned a great deal about the big guys, and  my admiration for the creatures has … Continue reading

The elephant lady has arrived

I just got back from a shopping expedition at the huge Sunday night market here in Chiang Mai, and at this point it’s clear that my future apartment will be filled with elephants. Here’s my elephant-related haul so far: -1 bracelet with an elephant on it -4 elephant statues -2 elephant bookmarks -1 elephant-print box … Continue reading

Holla, city of squalor!

Well, after an extremely long bus/boat trip, I’m back in Bangkok. It feels like coming home in a lot of ways. For one, I absolutely love the hostel we’re staying at. We stayed here during our week in Bangkok before and now we’re back. It’s called NapPark and it’s two streets away from the famous … Continue reading

Thai islands: diving and just plain dives.

Ah! It’s been so long! I have an excuse, I promise. The thing is, I was on the island of Koh Tao getting my PADI Open Water diving certification (woo!) for the last week and there was no internet. I had withdrawals. But! Now I’m on the slightly bigger island of Koh Phanghan and I … Continue reading

Bangkok baby!

I’m back! I’ve written a post for the Oakville Beaver about my time in India, check that out here. Really, my main lesson from India is that North American McDonald’s suck. McD’s in India don’t sell any beef or pork. No Big Macs! Instead, they have delicious veg options like the McSpicy Paneer (basically deep … Continue reading