Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Living like Monks

In my last post I mentioned that John and I were leaving Miles to do some soul searching at a Buddhist Monastery up inthe mountains of northern Thailand. We had high hopes a beautiful temple tended by stoic Monks. Rather it ended up being more of a Buddhist spa in a beautiful valley and it was awesome! The Monks were pretty mean though and made us go through there daily routine: 5 hours meditation, and hour of chore work with only two meals a day (I was fine though cuz I still had reserves of cliff bars). John had a great time, he could sit all day long thinking of metal rifts in his head. We only stayed four day though which I'm totally ok with, my back is killing me.

So, we are off again. Chad says Santa does come to Thailand so we are rushing back to Chad's bachelor pad.

Some pics
John and I scoping that tower to climb onThe grounds. Elite buddhist monks also practice clear cutting
This sunset was OK

They tried to make it all Indiana Jones like... pretty sweet but no rides
Juan's life
Our idols
Where I swam
Still sleeping on the hardwood floor, you should see my back man... rock hard. Girlz are gonna dig it!
Leaving. I know I know, we broke down and bought some new shoes. Give us a break our feet hurt

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Jack Kerouac's disciples

We've decided to become contemporary Dharma Bums. We've gone about doing this by adopting something of a contradictory life style. Each morning we get in touch with our spiritual side with yoga, chi gona, meditation, and oolong tea. (Yeah, we're for REELZ). We pass the day with naked group dips in the river (gotta keep John's stench under-control), temple visits, and of course we read - mostly philosophy and sci-fi. But then when evening comes we change our whole identity from enlightened westerners seeking acceptance in a foreign land, to regular western college aged men... so what do we do? We play drinking games!! Mainly we play hearts, where the losers have to shotgun three beers each. Then we go party at the Bamboo Bar.

In other news, John and I got tats. We might now have a disease from the dirty needles they used on us, but it
don matter. John looks funny with his chest hair shaved.
And as always he's pissed. Don't know
what the guys problem is.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

In times past in Pai

We are now 5 strong: I am still the leader followed by Miles, Tom (John's Brother), Ben (Tom's Friend), and lastly John. WE stayed a few days in Bangkok, a few days in Lampang, a few days in Chiang Mai, and now we're in Pai. Five is a large group to handle while traveling but lets be honest, Trey knows how to hold IT DOWN!. Miles and I were doing just fine as a duo. I mean we can talk about anything that comes to mind and you can never get sick of playing WAR, but I have welcomed these three Americans into our gang to spice things up. Plus, they have a guitar.

We're hanging out in this rad jungley mountain village called Pai. It's funny, this place is super touristy but rather than foreign travelers most are Thai or of other Asian nationality. It makes me feel like I run the show and these Thai tourists are invading my space. Its cool though, they are all really nice.

OH, wait, we actually have a sixth companion! I can't believe I almost forgot about him. Bill, this electric water kettle has hung out with us for the last ten days. He's AWESOME, he'll brew us tea, make oatmeal, boil eggs, make saline water for sinus flushes (John's thing, don't ask you don't want to know), and he's even thinking of cooking potatoes. I'm trying to see if he'd give John a bath, it's embarrassing to be around that man let alone travel with him.

Miles carving graffiti into the rock

Our fifth companion Bill

John, no one's stoked he's here

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


What was today, is now tomorrow
And what was here is soon to be there.
It's as if a dream, as we drift and swirl
as all that matters is that we're with a girl.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thai Islands and the tourists

Hello my friends!

I have now been traveling for over 2 months, and across the world for one of them. Its hard to believe but I am actually getting pretty tan!! We are now in Thailand hopping from island to island and it is both not what we expected, and exactly as we expected... touristy beyond belief and very beautiful. Illness has followed me everywhere. These people do NOT understand the concept of sanitary eating, no forks, no napkins, and man does this food give you the runs! However, you'd be surprised at how the body adapts... I find myself subconsciously knowing exactly where a water-closet is at all times :)

Among the countless tourists, we managed to find a couple worth talking to. Turns out they are from Colorado too and more bizarrely, we kept running into them all over the island. I guess its like they say, when in Rome, do as the Coloradan's do. If I've learned anything from these two, its that the people from Colorado ROCK!!! And WE ROCK TOO!

Life has gone on more or less the same, here's a poem to explain:
we eat,
we drink,
we swim,
we sink,
we read,
we fart,
we sleep,
we're smart ;-)

as you can tell its really touristy/crowded. Took me 15 minutes standing in line to get atop that rock to throw my skipping stone...

with love,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fitting right in

Miles and Chad bet me I couldn't stop looking like a gringo but I proved them wrong with a major shopping spree at all the local "malls" where the natives buy their "clothes". Bet you can't even find me in this pick. Hint: I just went to the mall! :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

We're movin on!!!

In reply to my last post, you'll never guess what ACTUALLY caused us to leave Sumatra. And thanks to everybody who voted in the poll, made the boring life down here a little bit more fun :)

so, let me get to it. While we basically ended up devouring all of the listed resources (money, water and literature), the true reason that we had to scram from Sumatra is because I got a tick on my BOOTY! AAHH, what the hell do you do when you have a tick in a third world country that has never heard of tweezers??? Well, you sprint to the nearest airport and get the hell out. Thats exactly what we did, we bought tickets to Kuala Lumpur which is 'famous for shopping' to maximize our chances of finding first world quality tweezers. You have no idea the fear that was going through my mind durning the 24 hrs it took to get there... after all it never crossed my mind to get the lime poisoning immunization shot for our travels. Anyways, all is well now I think. Miles spent a little extra time than I thought he needed but all is well now.

Kuala Lumpur is actually pretty cool. no joke about the 'shopping', there is serious street to street 10 floor mall competition, complete with indoor roller coasters! Although, for how great the malls are, they still serve your food on a big fat leaf, gross. I kinda left the third world in hopes of plates and napkins... maybe Thailand will be a little classier...

with love, Trey

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ware Da Phun @?!!?

Man, I'm envious of everyone back home, it really looks like they're having a better time than we are over here in south east Asia where they haven't even heard of Halloween!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Here's a grand memory from before we took off to Thailand (Thanks to Erin!!)

if you remember this you were here from erin demarco on Vimeo.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sumatra continued: which resource will cause us to leave???

The easy pleasy life continues... another day, another gallon swallowed, another lap around the school of eels and another 100 page dent into Lord of the Rings. Thats what life here is all about ~ accomplishing as little as possible.

Miles and I have decided that we will return to the real world once one of our major resources have been depleted: Water (the less you eat the less you can #3), Big Money, and Literature.
Which do you think it will be...

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On another note, my homie Woodfin just sent me a note that Sunflower Market once again has their amazing ruby red Texan grapefruit sale which should continue all the way into spring. like last year. Those things are soooo good, I'm really bummed I'll be missing out :(

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Birthday away

Since birthdays tend to be days when you gather all your good friends around you, a birthday away really drives home how little home I have. Now I'm learning first hand that traveling isn't some skeleton key to coffers of pure joy and the pendulum of happiness and misery swings just as freely in other countries as in your own. I knew all of this before my departure, but only as empty facts, now I'm relearning it.

Friday, October 23, 2009


This place is SICK!!! I'm the only one on an island thats on an island thats on and island... blowin my mind!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

We've rented motor bikes. This is without a doubt the way to get around here.

Question of the...

Apostate is to Faith as:
a) apostle is to leader
b) altruist is to literature
c) defector is to allegiance
d) potentate is to religion
e) patriot is to principle

Monday, October 19, 2009

Me n' the Ladies

I had to see my boys out in So Cal before I left.
So hungover in this pic :(

I miss you guys!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Last nights in Boulder

I thought I'd throw this pic up of me and my buddy lou bout to do some pull ups. See you in Thailand bro :)
In the spirit of reading Lord of the Rings, here is a short poem I (or song, if you wish) that I wrote:

Chased the sunset to the other side;
an ocean traversed in a flying stride.
To a foreign city where my travels begin
and I can live like a kid again.