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Fish and Ants?

I’ve been thinking for awhile about what I wanted to put in my first blog post about my upcoming trip to Bangkok, Thailand.  I wanted it to be profound, well thought-out, insightful, inspiring, and thought-provoking.  I wanted it to begin with anything but, “I’ve been thinking for awhile about what I wanted to put in my first blog post.”  So I did what I always do in this situation and turned to Google.  A devout fan of cheesy quotations, I looked for quotations by Thai leaders, Buddhist monks, and other tourists, but came up empty-handed.  Well, that’s not completely true.  I did find one Thai proverb that I will share with you now:

“At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish.”

Life changing, eh?

After pondering costal ecosystems for awhile (I didn’t even know ants lived near tidepools or that they were sushi connoisseurs), I realized that maybe the reason I am having such a difficult time deciding what to say is because I don’t really know how to feel about my upcoming trip to Singapore and Thailand.  I am all at once anxious, thrilled, inspired, eager, and scared out of my pants.

It is probably appropriate that I don’t have a definitive quotation for my trip because I have no idea what to expect.  I am going into this experience with an open mind and an open heart and hope to return with opened eyes.

I am so excited that you  have decided to join me on my adventure!  I would like to thank each and every one of you (especially my Mom and Daddy) for supporting me throughout this whole crazy process (more on that later), and being just as excited as I am for my trip!  Please check back on a regular basis and leave comments if you feel moved.  If you would like to find out more about the organization with whom I am travelling, go to (more on this later also) and check it out!



9 Responses to “Fish and Ants?”

  1. I am very excited about your trip. Have fun and learn a lot. But I wouldn’t be your father if I didn’t say “I can’t wait until you are safely back at home.” Love you lots. Dad

  2. dangit dad, I wanted the first comment!

  3. I am so excited for you! I hope your trip is meaningful and fun!

    My formal explication of the fish and ants quote: You might think you’re the cool person taking advantage of all the little people when the going is good, but when the tide turns, you end up dead and all the little people are ahead of where you’re at. I haven’t thought about the grand significance of this quote in relation to your Thailand trip, but being the English major that I am, I had to offer my interpretation. 🙂

  4. Am I excited for you? Definitely! Am I worried? Of course!! Am I jealous? You bet!!! All the activities you’ve done in your past prepare you for this great adventure….working with children, giving speeches, Girl Scouts and camp, being on stage, church activities, traveling…..and more…….. Am I proud? 110%!!!!!

  5. Dear Katrina,

    I really glad that you decided to come and visit a piece of Asia:-) and hope you will get lots of experience and positive impressions of these countries. I’ve never been to Thailand, but I can say with confidence that Singapore is a wonderful country with wonderful people. Your open minded and open hearted attitude will be return with a great warm there. So one thing I will say: “Go ahead, Sunshine! and Good Luck!:-)”

    Thank you for letting me join your blog and I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon from one of these countries.

    With love,


  6. Hi, Katrina! I guess I’m your one fellow Midwest-ian (?). Wow you’re quite the writer lol I like the bit about open heart and open eyes. I think all of us share the slight anxiety. Can’t wait to meet you, and I hope you perform your Applachian Clogging dance for us sometime!

  7. Good luck on your trip. Sounds exciting.

  8. Katrina,

    I’ve been waiting until today to post on your blog as it’s officially one month until you arrive in Bangkok! It’s been such a pleasure working with you over the last several months and I am excited to read about your experience as it happens.

    Congratulations on embarking on this amazing adventure!

  9. Thailand is a great country and the whole fish eating ants and ants eating fish thing is just one of the many amazing weird and wonderful things that can and will be discovered whether you want to or not.

    Your family obviously are behind you 100 or 110% and you will have a great adventure there is no doubt about that. Hopefully you get the chance to travel around a lot while you are in Thailand, there are so many amazing sites and such a wide range of cultural differences that you will be amazed.

    Watch out Mom and Dad she may not want to return, many people get hooked on this place, myself included. I am sure you will have a great experience, as have I and will have so many interesting stories and adventures to pass on throughout your life.

    Good on you!!


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