If you’re anything like me (which you aren’t), then you may be asking yourself “where’s Joel been?” (although I’m also sure you aren’t).

After a wonderful six months living in Saigon, my consulting gig came to a close. It’s been a sad transition, because I truly loved living there and loved the people I met and shared my time with.


My favorite temple in Chiang Mai, which inexplicably has a Donald Duck statue amidst others in its garden.

Now I’m in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This place is the home to many things – more beautiful temples than I can count*, too many options to get western food and a steady flow of travel bloggers. I’m not quite sure why it hasn’t been the site of a major travel blogger conference, since it seems to house 28% of the world’s travel bloggers at any given time. Seriously, there are more bloggers here than there are construction cranes in Dubai.

I have a few goals while I am here, one of which is to kick off writing the blog again. I’m not going to have a regular posting schedule, nor am I going to try to monetize it. But I miss writing and sharing my blather, even if my audience is a random mish-mash of family, friends and people who stumbled in here while searching for a Paris Hilton sex video.

What will I be writing about, since I’m technically not traveling at the moment? I have no freaking clue, but a few possibilities. Past travels are a possibility, since I skipped writing about a lot of places while I was actually traveling (who knew I actually spent six weeks in Australia?). I am also considering sharing some weekly travel news, along with my own personal perspective.

And that’s the core of it, I guess. This has really always been my corner to share my thoughts about my travels and not a site that you should plan your vacation around.

In addition to that, I will be doing some writing here and there for other people and other sites. And, I have a long-promised novel to work on. I won’t share much of that here, but I may provide some updates, if for no other reason than to keep me honest about whether I’m actually making progress or not.

So, welcome back to the Freedonia Post. I’ll try not to bore you too much. But if I do, let me know and I can point you to some much more interesting sites.


*not because I have trouble counting, but because I get lost a lot and lose track.

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11 Thoughts on “Catching up with… Redux

  1. Claus Frimand on February 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm said:

    Hi Joel,
    Now we know where to find you!
    You are truely missed in Ho Chi Minh City – quiz nights will never be the same!
    Have fun

  2. So why are you in Chiang Mai, Thailand? Another consulting gig?

    • Hey Paul – just relaxing and catching up on a few things in between jobs. This is a great place to kick back and tackle some projects I’ve been wanting to jump into.

  3. Seriously, there should be a Chiang Mai blogger conference..in the next 2-3 months while I’m here would be nice. Just sayin.. :)
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  4. Hoang Quoc Viet on February 17, 2012 at 8:47 am said:

    Hi Joel,
    I catch up with you here.
    Enjoy your time in Chiang Mai!
    Hope to see you soon there or in Saigon

  5. Yay!!! He’s back!!!! [Jeannie doin’ a happy dance!]
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  6. sounds like an idylic pursuit. Good luck with the book.
    if you want to keep a wonderful memoir consider buying an iPhone and a Go Pano Micro it records your travels in 360 video . small and convenient and what a way to BLOG! Good luck with the book, i got one underway its a real labour of love.
    Wishing you clear skies.

  7. Hi Joel, where are you working now?
    I hope you well and always remember you.
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  8. Woo! Joel’s back! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you write it, I’ll read it, be it blog, book or … hmm, my alliteration fails me here and the best I can come up with is body art, but I think that’s where I might have to draw the line… Anyway, welcome back! :)
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  9. Chiang Mai is a beautiful city. Make sure you go trekking, it’s one of the best parts!
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