“There’s lice going around,” my friend Lauren whispered. With this one sentence I realized just how far away from home I was. I’ve been staying on the Thai jungleside for two weeks now and the dramatic difference is not so much from my surroundings but from the way I react to them. The other day I went to put black pepper on my breakfast and with it, I sprinkled on a giant juicy black insect. To my own surprise, I just scooped it out of my bowl and dug in. This from a girl who skitters each time she has to go into her basement because she once saw a centipede down there…three years ago. Maybe its because I’m surrounded by travelers with plans for a year long around the world trip but I’ve also become really stingy. I find myself hum-ing and haaa-ing over whether I really need to buy Q-tips for my scuba-clogged ear when they’re a whole 60 baht (!). This is the equivalent of two Canadian dollars: the cost of extra guacamole at Chipotle.