Having spent ten or so years of my life in Thailand, being back is a wonderful refreshment of happy memories, colors, sights and smells.

Thailand is now more visibly politically divided than it has been in the past. Feelings people have had for years have come to the surface with the red-shirt /yellow-shirt rivalry. For me, the political struggles have given me a way to express the differences between the rural Thailand I grew up in, and the touristy, affluent cities that most of my western friends have visited.