Monthly Archives: November 2010

Return to Thailand!

Posted by on November 23, 2010

I’m back in Thailand!

Honestly, I wasn’t even sure I’d be leaving the country when I took off for Niagara Falls/Seattle/Hawaii. I had entered a competition for bloggers to visit Thailand for medical tourism and I sort of forgot about it. Just before I arrived in Hawaii I was notified that I was one of 12 finalists and would be flown to Thailand.

…and here I am!

The trip is sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to increase awareness of Thailand as a medical tourism destination. The 12 bloggers drew lots and were sent to various locations throughout Thailand: Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, Bangkok and Ko Samui. I drew the most medical intensive trip in Bangkok and traded with a woman who works in the medical area for the trip to Ko Samui. I’m not complaining.

I’m writing this in Ko Samui where I just landed about an hour ago. I’ll be here for three days before returning to Bangkok.

Every time I’ve been in Thailand I’ve considered going to the dentist here or look into getting LASIK surgery done on my eyes, so this was a decision to come here and check it out. At a minimum, I’ll get my teeth cleaned while I’m here.

Also, because I’m here, I’ve decided to just stay in Thailand for a few weeks to do some of the work I was going to do in Hawaii. I’ll be here until the middle of December when I will start to work my way back to Wisconsin to be with my family for Christmas. I’ll be returning via Tokyo, Honolulu and San Francisco.

If you are in Bangkok the next few weeks, please drop me a line.

Help Build A Village In India And Win Gallery Quality Travel Photography

Posted by on November 16, 2010

Last year Passports With Purpose helped raise enough money to build a school in Cambodia. The readers of Everything Everywhere and PVP purchased enough 2010 Skull The Troll calendars to raise over $1,200 to help make that a reality.

This year Passports With Purpose is going to build an entire village in India. They are working with LAFTI an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the Dalit (untouchable) population in India. The village will be in Karunganni, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

This year, my contribution is going to be something just a bit bigger. Several square feet bigger actually….

I will be providing TWO, 20×30″ wrapped canvas prints of any of the 10,000 trave photos I have uploaded on my site. These prints are simliar to what you would see hanging in a gallery. They would make an excellent addition to any room, and you can pick the photo you want. If you’d like, I’d even be happy to help you pick a photo based on a place or theme of your choosing.

Each print has a retail value of $129 and the total package having a value of $258.

If you have enjoyed or downloaded any of my photos in the past, here is your opportunity to get some galley quality travel inspiration for your home.

Here is how you can get the prints: For every $10 you donate, you can make a bid on one of the many prizes being sponsored by bloggers, including my prints. Other prizes include flight vouchers, iPads, and vacation getaways. That’s all there is.

All donations are tax deductible, so even if you don’t win, you still win.