I had planned on coming back from my little mini-vacation (no travel...just time off) to write something fun and interesting on my blog (and I still may do that a little later). But my heart is still really sick about the situation in South Asia. It's really hard to comprehend the impact of such a huge loss. And watching the television coverage is really hard to do.  I'm not going to get philosophical about it...who can make sense of such a huge tragedy. But if there were any way for the affected people to know that they are in my thoughts, I would want them to know that.

I did some traveling in Southeast Asia in 1997. I took a trip with my dad and step mother to Thailand and China. Thailand is one of the greatest places ever, mostly because the people there are so friendly. We spent about a week and a half in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. It was such an awesome experience. I have always hoped to visit Phuket, one of the locations hit hard by the tsunami. As I recall, there were quite a number of European visitors in Thailand (especially Germans, at least while we were there), so I suspect that we will hear of a number of Europeans impacted by the tragedy as well. I still plan on seeing Phuket some day, but I understand it will take years to recover from the physical damage.

I'm not sure of what else to say other than to encourage people to assist with relief efforts financially (I'll be doing so through Microsoft because the company matches donations). I'm such so sad about this.