With Kings College we went on a 16 day expedition to Malaysia which included jungle time in Tasik Chini with our host Ruth creating a wonderful busy schedule for the students. We went on the Chini River on Lake China, visited the local primary school, learned about plants and animals and did a scavenger hunt through the village. Ruth, her mom and staff were absolutely amazing. Our community project took place on the Perenthian Island working with Bubbles Dive Resort https://bubblesdc.com/the-resort on their turtle conservation project. The students absolutely loved it. We spent 5 days there going on patrols at night, watching turtles come to shore to lay eggs, digging out eggs tom place the, in the turtle hatchery and releasing newly hatched turtles into the ocean - an amazing experience for these 14-17 year olds.
After Malaysia I went to Mongolia, via Thailand, to be part of the course team for the Racing the Planet Gobi March 2019 www.racingtheplanet.com/gobimarch. Then last time I went to Mongolia was in 2006, so I did not recognize Ulaan Batar, the capital of Mongolia. Lots of new buildings and high-rise accommodations but the roads are as bad as they were back then. Being part of the course team was a great way to get to know the course as we were marking the course with pink flags and ribbons. It was a successful race with 94 of the 98 participants finishing at the monastry in Karakoum. A bonus point was meeting up with Tsolmon, a friend I made in 2008 I Bejing and whom I had not seen since. She invited me to her family home where I got to meet her husband and daughter. It was great to see her again after more than 10 years just staying in contact via social media.
On August 5, I returned to Thailand were I spent a week at Love Green Farm in the heart of Bangkok. Boon was a wonderful host and teacher who taught us about organic farming, Thai cooking and how to kill large fields of weed in an organic way (this involved 4 of us pulling a HUGE tarp from one field to another to cover the weeds). We also cycled around Bangkok at night, the best time to explore the town. https://www.facebook.com/lovegreenfarm