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  • It was a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia, as is the American way. Four countries in 2 weeks, almost every move tediously planned in advance so as not to miss anything. Our group was ambitious. Of the major ‘attractions’, we didn’t miss a thing. Miraculous structures created by ancient peoples, remnants of horrific wars… My backpack was heavy, and I, exhausted, looked for a place to sit.

    So I entered the back alleys of Bangkok, which is where I found the real Asia in the form of a Thai massage in a tiny, 4th floor room of a rickety old building. It was painful! It was glorious! It was transformative! It ended with a cup of tea! I was too wobbly to stand up!

    That’s when I saw it - the makeshift sign for English-speakers, at the top of the stairs. I know now that it was meant to be a warning about wobbly legs and awkwardly uneven stairs, but for me it delivered a much more powerful message: SLOW DOWN. And that's how my Asian adventure really began...
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