I first came down with a serious case of wanderlust when I embarked on an around-the-world journey on Semester at Sea in the fall of 2006. After graduating from the University of Colorado, I couldn’t deny that Asia was calling me back. In the fall of 2008 I packed my bags and went to teach English in Khon Kaen, Thailand, which is when I started this blog.
The name Wake Up and Dance was inspired by the Thai word for excited. To say you are excited in Thai, you say dtung dten. Dtung means to wake and dten means to dance. When you put those two verbs together you are basically saying to wake up and do a dance, which is kind of what you do when you are truly excited, right?
After leaving Khon Kaen, I backpacked through Asia and then went home only to find myself back in Thailand working in eco-tourism on the island of Koh Tao. I returned home briefly and in late October 2010, my boyfriend (now husband) and I left the US to teach English in South Korea. After a year in Seoul, we went to travel around Asia. We are currently living near Boulder, Colorado. My travel stories and photos are documented on this blog.
While I am not jet-setting at this time, I plan on continuing to post travel adventures as we embark on new journeys, as well as my creative endeavors which I can now pursue since we have a place to call home.