Author: campodegelo

Tattoo and Traveling

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Tattoo. A noun. The art of engraving on the skin, by means of colored pigments (or not so much), generally indelible icons that symbolize forces of nature, doctrines, or any other design or spelling that one wants. They can be associated with rebelliousness, personality, and demonstrations of love. Just as they may have no meaning,…

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Réveillon in Kanchanaburi

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Year-end parties coming up, time to gather family and friends, eat a lot, write texts with reflections and a promise of improvement in the future. Fleeing somewhat of the conventional, and tired of the hordes of foreign tourists, I decided to leave Bangkok to toast the entry of the year 2018. Since I was planning…

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Cultural Shock

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Cultural shock. Two words. A complicated concept. Shock: violent encounter, with impact or abrupt concussion, between two bodies; a collision. Culture: a set of artistic, social, linguistic and behavioral manifestations of people or civilization Putting together the two words we have a conflict of values, customs and beliefs. What you consider normal and routine, can…

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The Great Wall of Tonsai

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Finally time to enjoy the crystal clear waters and natural Thai beauties. Bangkok is a city that offers many options, but the chaotic transit and excessive pollution, makes an exit to the coast necessary. With Christmas (which is not celebrated here, because of its Buddhist majority) came the perfect opportunity. At a good price, it…

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Retrospective 2017

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The year began in Da Nang, Vietnam, in a slightly different way than usual. After studying for a semester in South Korea, it was time to explore new locations, and Southeast Asia was the chosen one. By following a different calendar, the Tết (Feast of the First Morning of the First Day), or Vietnamese New…

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Friendship

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Friend. Noun. A person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard, who gives assistance, and is on good terms with another. Someone who is not hostile. A comrade, a confident, an ally. Definitions sound sometimes so pure and light, so easy to achieve and apply. But, how long is it necessary to…

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Close to the locals

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The year was 2560. The season was winter. The temperature was 34 degrees, with a sensation of 38 during the day. A post apocalyptic future? Far from it. Simply Thailand. With a large Buddhist majority, it is not surprising that this country doesn’t follow the Christian calendar. The year is counted according to the death…

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Thailand, the land of smiles

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Thailand, the land of smiles! A poster with this phrase already alerted me to this fact in some hostel in the past. For the second consecutive year I was going to get rid of the harsh German winter and I could not be happier about it. The arrival in Bangkok was peaceful, although it lasted…

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Packing my life

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A trip, a departure, an arrival, vacations, or a complete change. It doesn’t matter! In any of the above situations, luggage must be packed and subsequently unpacked. What you put into it depends on a number of factors, such as climate and geography. Wind, rain, sun, beach, mountain, forest, snow, heat. Each aspect implies a…

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How I hate to receive guests!

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The year was 2013. Unhappy with the direction my career was taking, I decided to stop complaining and take action. What no one expected or wanted to believe was that this would implicate in a drastic change. From the comfort and convenience of a steady job in Brazil to the bustling Indian streets. Vaccination, visa,…

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