who are the watsons?
We are a 30-something married couple who decided to leave behind our home, careers and comfortable Silicon Valley lifestyle to try a new course. Join us as we travel the world to learn about other cultures, lifestyles and ways to generate income beyond the traditional 9-5.

Monthly Archives: February 2011

10 reasons to avoid budget airlines

Everyone knows the reason to fly budget airlines: they’re cheap! But if you have a low tolerance for bullshit, the reasons to avoid budget airlines just might outweigh that one positive. Here are just a few examples from our travels in Australia: 1. Upon arrival at the airport, there is a sign indicating that if…

Photo Friday: Thailand at dawn

I haven’t been writing a lot of blog posts lately — been very busy with launching my new business — but I hope I’m keeping you reasonably entertained and informed with photos. We have lots of news to share, including our adventures in bookkeeping, cooking classes and visits with four-legged natives (check out the photo…

Love, rediscovered

Almost a year ago now — before we even embarked on our travels — I wrote about putting my portrait and wedding photography business on hold. I was completely burned out and I wasn’t sure that I’d ever return to photography as a profession. While I was avoiding my camera like the plague, I did…

Photo Friday: Nun at Wat Phra Singh

Last Saturday, we wandered the old city looking at wats. One of our favorites was Wat Phra Singh at the end of Rachadamnoen Road. Although I’ve been wanting to capture photos of the local monks and nuns, I can’t bring myself to do so when they’re facing me, so I took the opportunity when this…

Photo Friday: Wat Suan Dok

Brian and I recently headed over to Wat Suan Dok to chat with some Buddhist monks. (On Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, they welcome English-speaking visitors to “monk chat.”) Both of the monks we chatted with hail from Burma, and are studying in the English-language program at the local university, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University. Don’t ask me…

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