I keep thinking about the second straight day of rain in Lituya Bay, my e-reader smashed, my phone low on charge, solar panel not helpful in the gray. Nothing to do and nowhere to go.

At home, downtime is laced with guilt. I can read in the sunshine, but I…

When we bought tickets to Thailand, Omicron hadn’t started to surge yet. It was something I should have anticipated, but didn’t. I bought nonrefundable airfare for a place half a world away, then kept doubling down: research, planning, getting financially and emotionally more invested.

I don’t recommend this. We are…

On Open Street Maps’ contributor app, I’m walking around marking places as vacant.

When we arrived on Koh Lanta from the speed boat, I thought this must be a strange edge of town: duffel bag under my arm, dodging the calls from rickshaw drivers since my hotel is so close…

This Thailand trip has been a working trip. I’m learning scuba and exploring my surroundings a little, but mostly I’m working like I might if I lived here, wake up and check in, my mind on the work most of every day. …

Passport?

All the blood in my body tingles, slow-spreading electric shock. I, an idiot, failed to bring my passport to the long-scheduled second PCR-RT test that is a condition of my Thailand visa.

I had this wave of stupid shock under an hour ago, the last time I was standing…

I signed up for hip hop classes on my phone, still in bed, first thing in the morning — a multi-month commitment to get into something I’d never tried, decided. I’d been walking by the studio for months, thinking, I should sign up for something. …

Kelsey Breseman

An adventurer, woodland creature, and engineer. Currently working on data ownership models, environmental accountability, and intentional community.

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