Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane or Vacation Location or "Oh, you're American, aren't you?"

After much debate on my Vacation Location, I have finally decided. Tomorrow, I'll be hopping on a plane to Thailand. The riots have subsided, and so as long as I don't bring a bright yellow t-shirt or let my red boxers show a bit too much, I should be fine. I'll be spending some time at the beach, too, while I'm there. Looking forward to the opportunity to stretch my legs off the island for a bit. Updates, stories, pictures, and possibly video upon my return to Taiwan.

PS: To those (Americans) wondering, no Taiwan and Thailand are not the same thing.
And people wonder why we ex-pats need to write blog entries like this one. Let's just say I've shared some of Reannon's discomfort in being overly simplified and patronized as a poor dumb American. Working on fixing that.

*Picture: California Coastline on my flight to Taiwan 09/08


floreta said...

have fun!!!
I like that article/entry you linked! haha, whenever you're in a foreign country, it's pretty standard that you'll find the americans at McDonalds. :D i think it's funny.

being both asian and an american is a different experience altogether. I have a home country/culture, and my american culture. Instead of being seen as a dumb American, I'm more likely seen as an Asian tourist. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

insomniaclolita said...

Here I thought you'll visit me but you're not. Mean :(

the girl in stiletto said...

have fun in thailand! :D i have not been to thailand for a long long time, so i don't know what kind of friendly travel advice i can give, except, HAVE FUN! LOL. seriously. and try tom yam :)

SuzANNE said...

Have a safe trip! I can't wait to explore Thailand. It IS my fave cuisine. Tell me how the food is. Authentic Thai food, you lucky lucky man.

Sebastian said...

Yes, the one solid rock in a sea of foreign culture... McDonalds.

And Starbucks.


I think it's the American tendency to cling to such bastions that pushes them yet further out of the international community. So afraid to let go of... The American Dream?

Anyway, have a safe journey... and good luck opposing quite a firm-set stereotype :P

Jon and Steph said...

Awesome! I'd love to visit Thailand. Have a great time!! I look forward to pics, videos, etc!

Chase said...

@Floreta, Thanks! I will! And you definitely have a unique position when traveling. Use it to your advantage

@lolita, maybe Bali next trip? No promises :/

@Stiletto, Tom Yam. Got it. :-D Thanks!

@Suzanne, YES! I lovelove state-side Thai food! I'm ready to be knocked over with the real thing (expect a full report)

@Steph, wish I had a camera like yours, but my point and shoot will suffice in getting some pictures your way.

@Seb, Big Mac, Coke and Fries... The American Dream. It's sad, but likely too true. But I'm ready for a McDonald's-free weekend!

Young Traveler said...

Watch out for the Swine Flu.


Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back.

(Hurry back please).

Reannon said...

Thanks for the shout out! Thailand...Wow. Lucky you! I want to go there. So. Bad.

If I knew someone there I would totally go...I just don't want to go by myself. It seems like one of those places that's more fun with lots of people.

Are you going alone?

Samantha said...

I know it's hard to not let your red boxers show, Chase. This trip is really going to be a sacrifice.


But seriously, I can't wait to hear all the juicy details!

King of New York Hacks said...

Thailand is at the top of my wish list of places to go, but I look forward to visiting it vicariously through your blog !! Have fun, post the good stuff and stay safe brother!