Greetings from the land of smiles! We just reached the city of Chiang Rai after our relaxing meditation retreat! The resort like “New Life Foundation” welcomed us into their facilities for an eye opening week. Right as our bus pulled up to the center, we had a quick orientation meeting with the manager and some of the residents of New Life and then jumped into our meditation practices. Matthew, a… Read More

Thailand Mai Men!!!!!!

Hello everyone of the carpe community, We are in Chiang Mai about to depart to Chiang Rai for our meditation retreat. We have been in Pun Pun, an organic farm, for the past week learning alot about earthen building, organic farming, and sustainableliving. It was an amazing experience, but meow we are off to see more of Thailand but the problem is there has been a whole lot of flooding… Read More

Flooding in Thailand

Hello again!  I just want to say right off for everyone back at home that we as a group are high and dry, and completely safe here in northern Thailand.  As you may have already heard on the news, parts of Thailand are experiencing some of the worst flooding its seen in decades.  Since July, Thailand has been enduring a series of  tropical storms.  Due to the unusually long and… Read More

Sam Fan Orphanage

Hello again from the Carpe Diem crew!  It’s hard to believe that we’re already back in Chiang Mai, after our five day long stay at Sam Fan orphanage in Samoeng.  The 2 and a 1/2 hour ride north to the orphanage was a long and windy one, but well worth the car sickness.  We quickly settled in after the fist day, helping the kids out with many of their daily… Read More

thailand trivia!

fun trivia about thailand ! 1.   the biggest exports of thailand are:                            1. Rice  2. Shrimp  3. tin  4. Diamonds 2. Bangkok is the hottest capital city in the world 3.   Fathers/Mothers day is celebrated on the king and queens birthday… Read More

Leaving home….again

Hello family and friends! We left our homestay families yesterday morning. The night before we had a celebration that was heartwarming and very sanook (fun in Thai). Activities included but were not limited to: A performance of “Take me out to the Ball Game” About a quarter of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” with coreography Making flower boats with insence and a candle that we sent out with our families… Read More

Getting the hang of it

For the last week or so we’ve been immersed in our home stays. The major changes from here and Chiang Mai, is that rather the awkward timid use of our Thai, and having to awkwardly decline the vendors at street markets after they have informed us not only of their difficult financial situation, but also their several kids which they must feed (I’m not so sure they were always telling… Read More

Moving Forward…

Fun fact: Bangkok actually means ‘olive fruit’. The capital city of Thailand is refered to as Grung Tep by Thais. We’ve had 3 formal Thai lessons so far, learning basic greetings: Sawadee ka (for ladies)/kap (for gents) – Hi Sa baa dii mai ka/kap – How are you? Sa baa dii ka/kap – Good Slowly but surely the group is getting the hang of the 5 Thai tones. Our teacher… Read More

I baht something today.

Hi Mom, Dad, and Sina! It’s my second day in Chiang Mai and I love it here! The weather is pretty much like it is at home: hot and humid. The food is awesome and the people are really nice. We’ve been exploring around the city and in 5 days we’ll move in with our homestay families. I miss you. Love, Sonya… Read More

Fell asleep in San Fran and woke up in Chiang Mai. SOS

I can’t say this isn’t what I was expecting, only because I really had no idea what to expect. My loving mother attempted to make me research all of the places that I would be visiting before venturing forth, but that’s no fun, right? The food here is incredible, but now matter how hard I try to order spicy food I feel like they’re giving me a watered down American… Read More

Greetings From Chiang Mai

Hello family and friends! I am super happy to be in Thailand. The flight to get here was rough.  A 12 hour and 5 hour plane ride.  We had about 24 hours of travel but it was well worth it!  Chaing Mai reminds me of China Town but with BEAUTIFUL Buddhist temples on every other block. I can’t wait to explore the rest of the city! We start our Thai… Read More

Alex and Anna exploring

hello family and friends, this is Alex DiPaola and Anna Cleveland. Sawasdee (which is hello in Thai). We are on a scavenger hunt through Chiang Mai. We have only been here two days but so far the trip is great and we are having a great time. We are staying in a guest house here and will be there for the next five days, then we will be moving on… Read More

Thailand or Bust!

Carpe Diem!  Seize the day … because today we have a full Southeast Asia group and they are looking chipper and ready to dive in!  It was remarkably pain free to meet everyone in SFO, and I’m looking forward to lots of “aha” moments throughout the next three months! May the journey be meaningful, fun, and full! Yours in spirit, Ethan Knight, Executive Director… Read More

Southeast Asia here we come…

Hello from Portland!  Here at Carpe HQ we are enthusiastically preparing for the upcoming semester in Southeast Asia.  Not too much longer and we’ll be on our way to Thailand!  We will calling you all in a few weeks to touch base before we head out, but until then you are welcome to call or email with any questions that come up.  Looking forward to meeting you all next month!… Read More

La Gon Carpe Diem Fall 2010!

To our Carpe Diem family of 3 months: we wish you continued learning, increasing tolerance, unending passion, continuous questioning, the strength to fight oppression, the ability to smile in the face of adversary, the ability to digest your food til you die, solid nights of sleep and, of course, good hair days…Goodbye Carpe Diem SE Asia ’10! We’ll miss you!… Read More

Final words

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