The Expat's Travel Guide to Chiang Mai, Thailand
"As an expat in Chiang Mai, you might start your day working from an upscale coffee shop, then zigzag through the Old City on your Mobike (the city’s bike-sharing company), passing both ancient and modern temples before you reach Love 70’s, a vintage thrift store. Perhaps you’ll eat $1 khao soi from a food cart for lunch. In the evening, you’ll check out one of the dozens of art galleries and get a one-hour Thai massage for $10. Your night out might consist of fancy craft beer in the Nimman district, bobbing your head to jazz music at the North Gate, or dancing the night away to electronic music with locals and expats alike at Zoe in Yellow. It’s likely you’ll cross the moat and the remnants of the ancient wall that surrounds it when you’re on your way home, either in a tuk-tuk or a Grab car (Chiang Mai’s Uber)."
The Conscious Traveler's Guide to Cambodia
"Over the past few decades, Cambodia has become a booming travel destination, enchanting tourists by the millions every year. Most make a beeline for Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Angkor Wat is the most magnificent and well-known of the over 1,000 temples built between the 9th and 15th centuries during the Khmer Empire. During this period, each new “god-king” was expected to out-build his predecessor, resulting in some of history’s most incredible architectural feats..."
What 1.5 Years in Asia Taught Me About Food
"I really like food. Eating food, cooking food, harvesting food, thinking about food. Truly, I can never really get food (and food systems) off my mind..."
Ecovillage Living: A Revolutionary Approach to Thriving in the Modern World
"In a time when nuclear or single family living situations dominate our culture, the concept of an ecovillage can seem like a radical niche filled by escapists and ‘weirdos’ that don’t quite fit into ‘normal’ society. It may conjure images of naïve young adults, drug enthusiasts, and older hippies that just can’t let go of their flower child days, all holding hands and singing “Kumbaya” under a thick haze of skunky-smelling smoke. Are we hanging onto outdated, media-perpetuated stereotypes of what collective and eco-conscious living entails? Are we writing off a lifestyle that could be revolutionary?"
Lessons from a Farm in Nepal: Love, Community, and the Pursuit of Permaculture
"In the enchantingly beautiful foothills of the Himalayas, there is a little rural village where Surya Adhikari’s permaculture farm is thriving. It hasn’t always been this way—years ago, his neighbors laughed at him for thinking that he could farm on such a steep slope in such poor soil. Times were desperate financially, but he and his wife risked everything to start their permaculture farm. Today, with over 180 species of plants, Surya’s farm has become so successful that aspiring students from around the world flock to his farm to soak in his wisdom..."
Science-Backed Methods to Relieve Muscle Soreness
"Are you still feeling sore from that workout several days ago?
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) refers to the deep muscular soreness that occurs two days after a workout, particularly when you’ve worked a muscle differently or more intensely than usual. It is caused by inflammation from tiny muscle tears that occur when you work out..."
STEM Education in Africa - The Past, Present, and Future
"Over the past several decades, it has become apparent that STEM is an important determinant of a country’s economic development and security. Countries that have invested in STEM have experienced global prominence..."
Simple Secrets for Sustainable Living
Richard Rogers says “The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.”
My First Hive: A New-Bee's Introduction to Beekeeping
"I’ve always had an affinity for bees. In the first grade, I started a 'club' called The Buzzers, where willing classmates and I 'studied' bees at recess instead of playing on the playground. I would stand in between the bushes, marveling at the pollen on their legs as they buzzed past my face to fly from bush to bush. Despite the fact that I was inserting myself right in their flight path, I somehow never got stung..."
DIY Zero Waste Kit
"A zero waste kit might sound like an oxymoron—why would you want to obtain more things if you’re trying to reduce waste? Hear me out: how many plastic bags, water bottles, utensils, paper towels, or coffee cups do you go through in a day? Week? Year? It might not feel like much, but think about that applied to your whole lifetime, and the lifetimes of the multitudes of others in the world who live the way you do. A zero waste kit will help you reduce or eliminate use of these notorious items that end up in landfills and oceans by the multitudes."
Where to Find Real Food
"A flurry of colors whizzes past your eyes as you push your cart down the aisle. Shelves upon shelves of brightly-colored packages seem to stretch endlessly as you roll along. Finally, you stop and pick one up to see what’s inside. 'Ingredients:' it reads, 'Milled corn, sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, modified corn starch, corn syrup, salt, trisodium phosphate, dextrose, gelatin, calcium carbonate, yellow 5, blue 1, red 40, artificial flavor, BHT.' Yikes! And this is considered real food? You scrutinize box after box and, despite being beautifully advertised on the outside, a closer look reveals the interior’s unwholesome and unappetizing ingredients..."
Home(grown) for the Holidays
"Want to give creative, inexpensive and meaningful gifts this year? This holiday season, consider giving your friends and family the gift of something you’ve grown yourself..."
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Desert Southwest
"If you’ve ever hiked through the desert, you’ve observed the strikingly beautiful stretch of rocks, cacti, and shrubs that seem roll on endlessly. The desert is a kind of anomaly that both fascinates and intimidates its visitors, because beneath those breathtaking fiery sunsets a ruthless environment has weeded out all but the best-suited adaptors its harsh conditions..."