wander process

About Me

Born amongst the verdant cornfields of central Illinois, I lived a childhood obsessively reading books and playing with kittens.

Some of those books made sense, like a farm girl from the Midwest reading Little House on the Prairie. Some of them did not. I probably remain the only person from the public library in my town to check out books on both world cultures and religions (really, I was a 9 year reading about Sikhism as if it was totally normal) and Medieval pestilence (I am naturally drawn to disaster).

Sooner or later, a child reading books like that would need to explore. I left the cornfields for Rhode Island (little state, big fun!), where I attended Brown University and concentrated in Development Studies. True to my nerdy roots, I focused on global health – a beautiful marriage of the interests of my childhood with prescient issues facing vulnerable populations today. I graduated in 2011 equally ready to conquer the world and terrified.

This blog was started in the summer of 2009, when my parents graciously allowed me to travel and live in Thailand to volunteer (as a 19 year old! I can’t even imagine being on the parent side of this deal! – my parents are AWESOME). I did a poor job updating while studying abroad in South Africa, Vietnam, and Brazil, but there are gems here from the summer I spent in Dili, Timor-Leste, while working with the Ministry of Health.

Thus begins the current reincarnation of my blog. I’ll be back in Thailand, my second love (to be fair, Haiti was my first) living, teaching, laughing, playing, eating to my heart’s content, and exploring.

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You parents are totally awesome!!

  2. My name is Lynn and I am a Business Development executive with Rajah & Tann LLP, a law firm in Singapore.

    Our firm intends to publish a food guide titled “Asia Food Guide” featuring dishes from 15 countries with the purpose of providing a copy to our clients when they visit any of our law firms in Asia.

    We are writing to seek your permission to use the photo of the dish Mok Pa found on your website as one of our entries. You may wish to note that we do not necessarily require a photo of the exact dish found in the recommended location and one that looks similar to it would suffice.

    Please be informed that the Asia Food Guide will not be used for commercial purposes (e.g. sold in bookstores) and will only be circulated within our firm and given to our clients in pdf form.
    We hope you will be amenable to our request. We will of course attribute the photo used to your website. Please also let us know if you would like us to send you a copy of this food guide when it is completed.

    We look forward to hearing from you by Friday, 16 December 2011 if you have any objection to us using the photo. Thank you for your kind consideration.

    Lynn Hong
    Business Development Executive
    Business Development

    D +65 6232 0640
    F +65 6225 6528
    Email: lynn.hong@rajahtann.com

  3. Hi! I’m really excited to start following your blog 🙂

  4. I went to school with Nora and took a few classes with her. We ended up hanging out in Bangkok together in January!

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