A world away In 1984, the year I was born, my grandfather traveled from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s largest northern city, to learn from and mentor a young pottery business. My grandfather, Douglas Ferguson, was an accomplished potter and had founded a well-regarded studio with … Read the full article →
One of my favorite things to do upon arriving in a new city, is find out where the locals shop and socialize. I have found that there is no better way to quickly immerse yourself in the local culture than to find the city market, shopping district, or wherever the local hangout spot is. You … Read the full article →
I have something to confess. I am taking a temporary break from my whirlwind trip. Only 4 months in, I have found something to slow me down and cement me in one place for the next two months.
In the early 1950’s an American expatriate grew the Thai silk industry from near death into the most sought after textile of the time period. He became known as the “Legendary American of Thailand” for his contributions to business, elaborate dinner parties, and stunning manor house. But since his mysterious disappearance, the once storied artisans that he rediscovered are slowly fading from memory.
Month 3 was a study in extremes. I spent the first few days finishing out my time in Australia by eating cheap microwaveable noodles and trying to bring my average daily spend down from the ridiculous $90 I had racked up in Oz.