Salamat, Sooasday, Sawadi Ka, Sabai Dee, Xin Cao, Namaste, Hello
Bali was ocean, rain, friends, incense, temples, garbage, and stairs. Lombok was motorbikes, shells, beaches, Christmas, New Years, call to prayer, and Rupiah. Malaysia was friends, fun, love, Ringgit, and home. Cambodia was temples, Riel, silk screening, school, beautiful, and people. Thailand was family, friends, food, Baht, elephants, dogs, shopping, pancakes, and iced tea. Laos was zip lining, tree houses, movies, bookstore, Kip, waterfall, rest. Vietnam was cold, crazy, traffic, big, small, Dong, caves, markets, beach, bikes, fun. Nepal was beautiful, kind, lovely, kids, hiking, teahouses, Dal Baht, sick, hail, orphanage, henna, Rupee, loss.
I feel blessed for the privilege of taking this trip. South East Asia was more than I ever imagined. I learned and experienced diverse cultures, food, and animals. I got blessed by a Buddhist monk in Cambodia, I learned how to make Som Tam from a Thai grandmother, I walked through the jungle to find three old lady elephants, I zip lined to tree houses, I crossed a street in Hanoi, and I trekked in Nepal. I have seen and done incredible things. I am forever grateful.
Bali, Lombok, Cambodia, Thailand, and Nepal taught me to be kind and loving to all people, no matter your beliefs. Malaysia, Bali, Laos, and Vietnam taught me that friends are a treasure, and they make an experience one hundred times better than it already is. Seven countries in South East Asia taught me that language is important, and is so much fun to learn. My trip to South East Asia changed the way I see the world around me.
Terima Kasih, Akun, Kop Kun Ka, Kop Jai, Cam On, Dhanyabad, Thank You
7 thoughts on “Stairs at Sea Level to Stairs on the Top of the World.”
My sweet , sweet Mia, beautiful thoughts about your journey. I think your a very wise old soul housed in a young (13) woman’s body. i’m blessed to know and love you. GL
Oh Mia, what a lovely review of your fantastic adventure in Asia. I’m sure it has changed your life for the future and was a step over into young womanhood. You learned that we are all one big family of human beings and can learn so much from each other. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.
I have felt blessed to be on the journey with you all. Thank you for sharing it with us while you shared yourself with the peoples and cultures outside of your own.
You’ll see the world through new eyes each day forward! (And elephants are total life changers. I know…)
Can’t wait to see you someday soon to hear more.
I bet these experiences will inform who you are always. Thanks for sharing your reflections.
Thank you so much for sharing. I feel certain that you have “new eyes” for all that is out there. Who could live a better life?!!
In six tricky languages is not easy Mia! I love how you discovered an interest in learning new languages not to mention a tolerance for Dal Bhat. You make the world a kinder more beautiful place!
dear Mia – I have never thought it helpful to say “I am proud of you,” but I will now… because I am so proud of you for all the experiences you have embraced (Porter too of course)… and I know Grandad would be too!! Thank you for the beautiful posts that enabled me to share your journey. Some made me laugh; some were fascinating; some tore at my heartstrings, and I loved getting every one!!