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My Head is in an Empty Space
December 13, 2008, 2:31 am
Filed under: Thailand


This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘Brittany Goes Global,’ (wanna know how I got the blog name? ;)) in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Global College’s CRC Program through Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.

Hi friends,

I spent this week at a place called “Empty Space Chiang Mai.” It is the home of Manuel Lutgenhorst and his family, a really famous stage designer and director for many shows in theatre since the 70’s. He is the most humorous, genuine, kind, and interesting person, and he has the most beautiful home. It’s kind of like this huge open landscape in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of rice fields all around his house. It was incredibly quiet and peaceful the entire week. We had the opportunity to take ceramics with his wife Noi, to learn Thai cooking, to see presentations of Manuel’s works, and to just sit and soak up the sun and our adventures thus far in Thailand.

Empty Space Chiang Mai

The rice fields right outside our room.

I didn’t quite realize until I got there how utterly exhausted I’ve been. Traveling takes a lot out of you, and traveling WITH school work AND being around the same 7 people 24/7… I was brain-dead most of the week, but thankfully it’s given me the strength to gather myself and get prepared for the final two weeks of this semester: portfolio time. Essentially it’s all of my essays and journals and final papers and oral presentations piled together… but what’s been holding me together is the thought of coming home to Florida for 10 glorious days, to sleep in my bed with my 2 dogs and to see my friends and family, steaming hot showers… I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to have the best of both worlds. Once you literally arrive on poverty’s doorstep and see it for yourself, once you’re taken in a van around Chiang Mai and shown blatant prostitution, once you meet people who sleep in bamboo huts, who don’t have I.D. cards, who can’t even begin to imagine the life we know in America… it makes me more thankful than ever to be coming back to this sort of surreal life that has only existed in memories the past 4 months.
Much love,

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