10,000 Ways to Delay the Inevitable

By Chris Campbell “No road is ever straight in Bangkok.” -Carol Hollinger, Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind I’m checking the weather in Baltimore right now. And I must say, it’s pretty depressing. Tomorrow morning, I’ll make my way to the airport. Get on the plane. And head back to Baltimore. Truth be told, I…

Standing On the Molars of Giants

By Chris Campbell The year is 1900. Max Planck, a widely noted physicist, has just published the most important work of his life. In his paper, he suggests that energy can only be emitted or absorbed in discrete, subatomic chunks. Or what he calls “quanta.” A turning point in physics is reached. A new generation…

The Silent “Healthcare Exodus”

By Chris Campbell “When are you going to go into detail about your medical experience?” Stephen W. writes. “Wasn’t that the reason for going to Thailand?” Indeed it is, Stephen. Among a few other reasons I’ve mentioned here in the past week. Your timing of inquiry couldn’t be better, though. For the rest of the…

Naked and Humiliated in a Candlelit Room

By Chris Campbell I stood there all alone in the dark, candlelit room. I was butt-naked… wondering what to do next. There were four items strewn out on the small table in front of me. I felt like a Survivor contestant trying to puzzle out what to do with all these unfamiliar things. The clock…

All Hail the Condom King!

By Chris Campbell Upon writing, I’m eating at a place called… no joke… “Cabbage and Condoms.” The food is great. I just ate the sea bass (not rubbery at all). It was a personal recommendation from the chef. I have to write this episode rather quickly. My train to Chiang Mai is leaving much earlier…

Motorbikes, Cockfights, and Laser Beams

By Chris Campbell “Sa wat dee khrap,” I told the group of bikers, hoping they could help me… I was met with smiling faces. One older man laughed. Nevertheless, I was glad to see them. I had been trying to find my way back to my apartment (after another crazy adventure), when I got seriously…

“Tell ‘Em About the Dream, Martin!”

By Chris Campbell We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope – Martin Luther King Jr. Upon writing, I’ve just left the Tokyo airport. I have about five hours until I land in my final destination… Bangkok. I can’t wait. The food on this plane is terrible. Word to the wise:…