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: August 2011

Visiting Elephant Nature Park, Thailand

I love elephants but I avoid zoos, preferring to see wild animals in a more natural setting. Visiting Thailand, I wanted to have a meaningful encounter with the native Asian elephants. I chose from more than 15 experiences near Chiang Mai, creating a shortlist of four that met my requirements: They didn’t have an “elephant…

Observations of Thailand

Thailand was a new world after our travels through Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. Here are a few things we noticed: Despite being farther away from Mexico, Thailand does Mexican fare better than Australia or New Zealand. Maybe it’s a general talent for cooking which we found lacking in our earlier travels… Road traffic in…

My foray into insight meditation

When Brian told me he wanted to attend a meditation retreat in Thailand, I was all for it. I like meditation. I’ve had many positive, relaxing experiences through guided meditation, breathing meditation, walking meditation, empty mind meditation and transcendental meditation. Insight meditation was another story. I had no idea what I was getting myself into…

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