times, near death once, trained and fought in Muay Thai, managed a world-rated championship boxer, trained professional boxers, been thrown in jail, and fathered two boys. Somehow, through it all, he's managed to remain married to the same Thai woman.
This website is dedicated to illustrating one man's life in a foreign land, and how he copes with the day-to-day dramas and cultural differences. What is most important is you acquire a taste of Thailand and the realities of day-to-day life; the magical flavors of it's food, the friendliness of it's people, and the exotic and not-so-exotic places that An American in Bangkok encounters in his travels.
What I refuse to do is lionize life in Thailand or give foolproof methods for moving here, earning a living, or meeting the love of your life. You will however, get the good, the bad, and the ugly from someone who has lived here - really lived. No touristy fluff, no backpacker BS, no illusions of grandeur, only the truth as An American in Bangkok sees it.
"Adventure waits for those willing to take risk. Venturing outside the lines is encouraged."
"Many of the things people worry about are not worth worrying about."
"When angry, count four; when very angry, swear."
"One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
"If everything is gotten dreamily, it will go away dreamily too."
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”