Happy Thursday friends! Currently, I am in Laos. It’s a little-known country right between Thailand and Vietnam. Every person I’ve ever talked to who has been to Laos said it was absolutely incredible and they are SO right. It’s a place that’s still very untouched. It’s a backroad adventure into the countryside and I’m loving every single second of it. Be prepared to be overloaded with amazing pictures on Instagram because seriously, it’s so beautiful!
Joining Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday
1. Speaking of Instagram, I’m having a real dilemma lately. I mean a real first world dilemma.
I really like accounts that are curated either by theme, colour scheme or photo edits. I think they’re beautiful and I do like seeing a photo in my feed and recognizing it as a specific person’s because they have a theme. My trouble has always been that I post a lot of different things – fitness, travel, and food making it difficult to find a consistent theme. Plus I really prefer to share in the moment, not have a stockpile of old photos that I cycle through to make a pretty feed.
So I’m working on trying to at least edit my photos in a consistent way. Sometimes the photos really work well with that specific edit and sometimes they don’t. So tell me – do you like curated Instagram feeds? Do you like my recent Instagram edits?
2. The food in Thailand was pretty great. My only regret is that we ate a lot of western food when we first arrived in Thailand so I missed out on the chance to eat more! But by the time we left Cambodia, I couldn’t even look at rice or noodles, I needed a break. But we did manage to hit up some amazing food markets in Phuket. I love markets because it’s the best way to see local life and sample a bunch of different foods. And even if you don’t sample some more interesting looking dishes, like bugs, you get to see others doing it. Plus, local food markets are so cheap. Tom and I sampled our way through a bunch of food and it cost us less than $5.
3. Heading to Southeast Asia the thought of renting a scooter to get around terrified me. Then we saw the traffic in Ho Chi Minh City and I thought it was out of the question. And yet now we rent a scooter in almost every city we visit. It’s really fun and it’s the best way to get around at your own pace. I hate joining tour groups where you are given a 1-hour timeline at a spot and you’re with tons of other tourists. By using a scooter we can avoid the really busy tourist times at attractions.
Although Tom does the driving, I did give the scooter a spin. It was actually a lot easier to drive than I thought. I don’t feel fully confident in my skills to drive in a big city or across a rickety bamboo bridge yet, but I’m going to practice some more for sure in smaller areas.
4. So, I definitely injured myself while kayaking in Thailand. Based upon my google diagnosis, I have intersection syndrome which is a type of wrist tendonitis. I have a big bump on my wrist and it’s very painful. Since it’s my right arm it makes the simplest tasks like eating, brushing my teeth, opening a bottle of water, or using my phone difficult.
According to the internet I should wear a brace to rest the tendon but given I’m in Laos, a place that doesn’t even have a hospital, so I’m guessing that’s not going to happen. I do “ice” it with my iced coffees and shakes daily, so there’s that. Better than when I “iced” my separated shoulder in Las Vegas with my alcoholic beverages right? Or maybe it’s the same. But if anyone has ever had this same injury and has any recommendations, I’m all ears.
5. When we first started traveling in Japan I noticed I was missing my podcasts. I usually listen to them when I run and now that I’m no longer doing long marathon training runs, there is way less time for podcasts. But since being in Southeast Asia, I’ve picked it up again. It’s a great thing to do during long bus rides or when sitting on the beach, especially considering I never did figure out my e-reader problem yet so I don’t have much to read.
What kind of Instagram feeds do you follow? What’s on your current podcast playlist?