“ Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness , in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”
~ PICO LYER ~

 

Blending magnificent colors and mix-matching treasures from travels are always the best for a masterful dinner conversation. I love bringing my travels home to my dinner parties. The bright colors of Asia are always my favorite to play and create with with. Nothing screams FUN like a bright bold mix of colors. This table is a perfect blend of where I have been and where I hope to return to.

You can usually catch me bringing along an empty suitcase wherever I go (It’s usually one of the ones that fold up and fit inside another suitcase). It’s a rare occasion that I return home from travels empty handed and my favorite conversations over dinner are the exchange of experiences when traveling. It always reminds me of sitting around the Boma fire pit when on safari, it’s the ritual to return and share what you have seen that day on safari and relate to your past safari experiences.

I have learned to use what I gathered from my travels and set them on my tables. This Buddha head has been in my office since the days that I travelled to Thailand. I can still picture myself lugging that head around with me to several destinations during my trip, all the while hoping it would not break. I wrapped in my dirty clothing in side the smelly suitcase just to be sure (oh the stories I can tell of some of my adventures and make shift fixes). The customs agent upon return barely opened the suitcase! He shut it immediately when taking a (to his surprise) completely unpleasant whiff of those smelly shirts and other items… he never did see the Buddha head!!

My travel partner at the time, who is still one of my best friends kept saying, “you can probably find that head someplace else in Thailand.” I didn’t care, I needed to have that one.

Our journey started in the Phi Phi Oslands and we worked our way all the way to what was then called “The Golden Triangle” in North Thailand. I learned while traveling, if you see something you love buy it immediately and do not wait to find it somewhere else. You just might not find it again. Just like any country, Thailand has regions where you find specialty items only made in that region. This Buddha head was found in an old Market in outskirts of Bangkok. I loved it the moment i saw it and the rest… history. 

My travel partner at the time, who is still one of my best friends kept saying, “you can probably find that head someplace else in Thailand.” I didn’t care, I needed to have that one.

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Our journey started in the Phi Phi Islands and we worked our way all the way to what was then called “The Golden Triangle” in North Thailand. I learned while traveling, if you see something you love buy it immediately and do not wait to find it somewhere else. You just might not find it again. Just like any country, Thailand has regions where you find specialty items only made in that region. This Buddha head was found in an old Market in outskirts of Bangkok. I loved it the moment i saw it and the rest… history.

If this Buddha head could talk, it would tell you adventures of delicious foods, amazing people, survival of a tropical storm out at sea in the Phi Phi Islands, laughter with monks in the north, being lost in The Golden Triangle and laughter shared throughout with my dear friend Clint. I believe to this day that the Buddha gave me protection during that trip and saved us from everything going wrong to making sure that everything turned out just right. 

Travel enriches the spirit and feeds the soul like a deeply felt love affair. There is nothing like it to broaden the spirit. As the old Swedish proverb says, “Travel is like reading a book, he who stays home, reads only one page”.

I want you to take something home with you from your next trip and place it on your table for your next dinner party. Watch your evening and conversation unfold.

One more note, the tablecloth on this table came from an adorable little village in the south of France, but I’ll save that story for another time because like the Buddah that too has a fabulous and delicious story that came home to my dinner table.

 

Bon Voyage.