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Inside The Mind of a Blogger, Traveler and Wife

It is 2:36 pm on Friday and it has rained on and off all morning here in Chiang Mai. I haven’t written anything this week because I’ve been absorbed in the world of blogging and it has given me mental diarrhea.

All the “you have to write epic and excellent talk” makes me a little intimidated. Of course my first instinct to loosen up is to go the 7 eleven next door to buy a 22 oz. bottle of Singha (Thai beer) and start drinking. A beer later, here I am and the words are flowing, apparently it’s working (am I becoming a drunk writer?).

I want to tell you about my latest obsession and some of the stuff I learned from my fellow bloggers and myself.

As a long-term (unemployed) traveler, blogging has giving me the balance I need to feel productive. It requires much more from me than what I thought; epic writing, beautiful photography, originality, inspiration, marketing, and lots of patience. All which I found very interesting to learn about.

The world of nomad bloggers is also an interesting one. The more I read other blogs the more I realize how many things we all have in common. In the end, we are all trying to tell our story in a different way; a creative and original way, perhaps.

We want to connect with people; we feel homesick and lonely once in a while; get excited in a new place about local food, but still go to Mickey D’s with the same enthusiasm now and then; we meet amazing people along the way; learn something really cool at some point from someone completely random; drink a lot; eat a lot; worry about money; and learn many things about ourselves.

Chiang Mai at Sunset

Some never stop traveling, it’s hard to stop when there are so many places to go! Others know when it’s time to go back or settle down, but I don’t think they ever stop ether. We acquire an explorer’s eye even at home.

The solo travelers surely have some sexy time stories they don’t write about.  It’s hard for them to find a stable partner because of their constant moving around.

And when you travel with your other half you have to get along, no doubt. There is no room for high maintenance.

Talking from my experience, this is what our friends ask the most, “How can you guys be with each other all the time?” – I don’t know, because we are awesome? ;) They make fun of us, openly and constantly, about being the perfect couple and spending 24/7 together. I know…  It’s a lot! But somehow it works out. We make a good combo. When we are in the same 12×20 apartment all day we are doing our own thing. And when we are in travel mode, we like the same kind of adventures. Although, Adam sometimes get sick of me spending hours snapping pictures, but he copes admirably.

An example of how we spend time here in our apartment… here is a rundown of our last couple weeks in Chiang Mai:

Adam works, reads his book and science blogs, checks his 3 fantasy leagues, bets on and watches the Olympics, chats with some friends here and there, talks to his family, and works some more.

I read my lessons on Blog Brilliantly (excellent course by the way), write, update the blog, read my current book (The Hunger Games), take walks and photos, get distracted in all the social media stuff, talk to my family and friends, edit pictures and read other blogs.

This very morning he installed a program on my computer to be able to CHAT. On Google! When we are next to each other! He said he did it because sometimes he wants to send me cool links and I am not on my Gmail. This makes me laugh, but really illustrates how into our own stuff we can be while stuck inside.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, we also spend time together: we chat about stuff we’re working on or interested in, eat together, visit nearby places, get massages, go walking/exploring, go to a local pub, watch a movie or a show (we’re now hooked on Breaking Bad and Derren Brown).

That is the secret of traveling couples, to be busy! Or at least that is what works for us. We don’t have time to fight. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember the last time I saw Adam angry. About anything.

So these are some of the things I’ve reflected upon lately and stuff we’ve done.

If you are wondering what is next, we will stay in Chiang Mai for another couple of weeks and then go explore more of northern Thailand.

See you next time!

Love,

Pamela

p.s Wow, the beer really helped, maybe I just discovered the real secret of blogging…

 

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Comments To This Entry.
  1. Audrey August 7, 2012 Reply

    I can relate to this. :) I love being able to spend so much time with the boy – travelling, blogging, taking pictures, going out for food, living in cramped quarters – and yet not tiring of it all.

    Loved this post! The beer was a good idea. ;)
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    • Pamela August 7, 2012 Reply

      Hi Audrey, we don’t have such a bad life do we?! :)

  2. Nicole Damiano August 7, 2012 Reply

    great post! After living in uber close quarters in a few places and traveling with my husband for the past 3 or so years we have definitely worked out our own strategy to keeping the sanity. Its tough for most to understand but you make it work because like you said, high maintenance is a no go and they are hopefully the most excellent person you know so how can you not have a blast?!

    …likin the Singha tip btw ;)

    enjoy the rest of Thailand!
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    • Pamela August 7, 2012 Reply

      Hi Nicole, 3 years, wow! I agree, you have to make it work plus what a better way to really know someone than to travel with them, right?!

  3. Jose Luis Valenzuela August 9, 2012 Reply

    I love the first with the guy in the bycicle, you have a really good eye for shooting…
    Nice

    • Pamela August 9, 2012 Reply

      Thank you Jose Luis, that is one of my favorites too :) The old car and the man just chilling give it a vintage look. I love people in Thailand as well, they are the friendliest. I never had anyone telling me no when I ask if I can take their photo, that is an advantage.

  4. Rhohit Inani August 11, 2012 Reply

    I stumbled across your blog and the very next instant I am a fan! Nice travelogue.
    I too pen down some pretty philosophical travelogues. Do see when ever you can
    :)

    • Pamela August 13, 2012 Reply

      Hi Rhohit and welcome to the site! I Just checked it out and I can tell you are quite the poet :) I can’t wait to go back to India, I love your country! Cheers, xo

  5. Hi Pamela, just stumbled into your blog. I enjoy your beautiful travel tales and photos. Look forward to reading more.
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    • Pamela August 13, 2012 Reply

      Hi Marisol, I am happy to hear you liked photos and enjoy the stories. Keep coming to visit :)

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