Visiting my cousin in Thailand in May was a wonderful adventure. We started in Bangkok, then made our way down to the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangnan, before heading back to Koh Sam Roi Yat National Park, the city of Hua Hin, and ancient city of Ayutthaya. It was hot, really hot, you never stop sweating long enough for your clothes to actually dry, hot. The streets smelled, a constantly changing mix of distinct odors that were somehow worse than the ones I was used to in NYC. But for all of its eccentricities, Bangkok was a vibrant city filled with kind-hearted people. The suburban and rural areas provided an even better glimpse of a people who were profoundly proud, quietly religious, and always willing to help. Yes, even when that meant trying to answer your questions in labored tinglish (their version of Spanglish) or going out of their way to take you across town after you got hopelessly lost.