From the Swamps
Sitting in New Orleans the only place where you can find 1/2 dozen oysters on a half shell for $10 at the airport. Great for all you sea-foodies, less great for land lubbers like me-self.
Been sent to the Big Easy on assignment. Well, not the big easy, Morgan city from whence I shall commence fishing and alligator wrestling and swamp shenanigans. Or something.
As I am on assignment for GoNomad.com I will refer you to my blog there for further updates.
Thailand is known for many cool and badass things spicy curry, may thai, temples, the red-light district and cock-fighting. However at its heart is a deep reverence for Buddhism.
One of the interesting artistic expressions of this is complex and intricate tattoos which work as amulets and ward off evil or bring good luck to the wearer. Many tourists to Thailand get a tattoo as a souvenir imprinting on themselves this unique style of ink.
Thai tattooing goes back a ways and it is traditionally done in a very ritualistic manner. many modern parlors keep up with the spiritual heart of the art even as others do whatever to get farang( that's you white folk) cash.
This article on NPR is not only interesting but check out the photos! I know Fiz has been contemplating adding some ink to his skin next time we are there. Its important to remember that just because you are a tourist does not mean you are entitled to a scared art and equally important to remember that just because you are a tourist you are excluded from a sacred art. Intention Intention Intention.