April 2011


So, with my Master’s Thesis handed in and (hopefully) being reviewed as we speak…I’ve suddenly realized that I’m leaving for Thailand really REALLY soon! In fact, I’ll be boarding a plane bound for Hong Kong a week from tomorrow to eventually land in Bangkok on the afternoon (local time) of Friday, May 6.

Thanks to a handy Barnes & Noble deal on Frommer’s Guides last month, I’ve been able to do a lot of intense subway pondering on the subject of Thailand recently. On top of that, a friend of a good friend sent me an AWESOMELY detailed email with a list of his favorite things to do from when he lived in Thailand and last week New York magazine very helpfully ran a travel feature on Bangkok (Thanks guys!!) So I’m starting to feel like I have some sense of the lay of the land. We’ll get several days off in Bangkok and a weekend off to travel in between our volunteering activities, so suggestions and advice will still be gratefully accepted from those in the know!

Aside from the pre-travel research (the part I like best, of course, because I am a gigantic nerd), I’ve at least started to make some headway in the practical/planning/packing department. Sort of.

My vaccinations, with one exception, are all finished (Take that Japanese Encephalitis!!) and the FBI, for better or   worse, has decided that I am not a dangerous criminal or even a particularly  suspect individual (Fools!! No, I’m just kidding….FBI if you are reading this I’m JUST KIDDING, there is nothing to be concerned about, I swear), so all that stuff is squared away.

This week I need to focus on packing (eep!) and on trying to get as much stuff as is humanly possible done for the arts non-profit where I work before I go. ‘Cause you know what’s worse than a control-freak, worry wort, busy body Director of Education? A control-freak, worry wort, busy body Director of Education leaving the country 2 days before a weekend of performances and with just a month to go before a MAJOR round of auditions! I’m sure that all of the staff and students involved are just LOVING this new and improved level of crazy!   

Besides that I am just trying desperately to wrap things up at work (yes, Informa folk, if you are reading this I WILL remember to pay you before I leave….well, I’ll try anyway) and then trying to picture what an inbox with two and a half weeks of unread mail looks like. Crap!

So I am back in blogging-land today, and hopefully for at least the next couple months, for some very exciting reasons.

First of all, after an amazing year-and-a-half our little baby Re/Visionist blog is all grown up and getting passed along to its new owners. In May the current editors (myself included) will have finally attained mastery (or at least managed Master’s Degrees) and will be moving on to exciting new projects…like jobs…and loan repayment! The new crop of graduate student editors is absolutely fabulous and will definitely bring a whole new burst of energy, enthusiasm and good-old-fashioned smarts to the blog. While I will be sad to leave the regular editorial staff of Re/V it will hopefully free me up to do some more personal blogging which is important because…

I am officially one month away from my big Thailand adventure! 

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative Informa Business Information, the company I work for, is sending volunteers to work in communities around the world. I am really fortunate to have been chosen for the company’s first trip to Thailand! From our volunteering website: 

There are various childcare centres which provide a safe place for those children with poor working parents. With monthly wages as low as £50 for an adult working on a farm this is an essential resource. Moreover, in many cases parents move to the cities to find work leaving grandparents to bring up the children. The use of the centres is a very welcome break to these people and therefore provides an essential service to the local community and you will soon feel that you are part of the community.

There can be up to 50 pre-school children (up to 4 years old) at one time at the centres so the volunteers help is vital to ensure that the children are well looked after. Volunteers will help the local staff look after the children during the day organising games, activities, teaching lessons and preparing food. Volunteers can also get involved with renovation and repair work at the centres which may include painting walls or renovating kitchens.

While phone and internet may be a little spotty where we’re staying, I’ll hopefully be able to get online periodically to post updates and pictures from my trip! In the meantime I’ll be able to rant incessently about planning and packing, and doesn’t that sound like fun?!