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Real world spring break.  As in, an entire week off of work and responsibilities, just like you get when you’re in school.  How sweet would that be?  I would vote for any presidential candidate who proposes real world spring break as part of his or her platform.

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At Girls on the Run, I found out that their spring break is next week (good to know or I’d show up on Tuesday at an eerily empty school).  All the girls had fun plans.  Most were going to the local North Carolina beaches or heading to the mountains.  I asked them what they would do if they had a million dollars and could go ANYWHERE for spring break.  Here are a few of the responses:

 

Ireland

Hawaii

A small island where everyone is good at chess so I can play lots of chess

Jamaica

Ethiopia, but I would use my million dollars to buy the people food and shelter

Paris

Florida

 

You know where I would go?  Thailand.  I’ve always wanted to go to Thailand.  Until then, I will just eat lots of Thai food, close my eyes, and pretend that I’m on a beach in Thailand, not at my desk.

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I have been ADDICTED to these ‘summer rolls.’  It’s rice paper wrapped around carrots, slaw, other crunchy veggies, and fresh basil leaves.  I think I’ve picked up an order of summer rolls four times this week.  Weird pregnancy craving.

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That being said, I wonder if American Thai food is anything like actual Thai food.  Anyone know?  I fear it’s a lot like American Mexican food, which I hear mostly isn’t ‘real’ Mexican food at all.

 

Side note: The girls did ask me where I was going for my spring break, and I just stared into their sweet, innocent, eight year old eyes and told them the hard, devastating truth:  Adults don’t get a spring break.  Enjoy it while it lasts, kiddos. 

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  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 30, 2012, 3:02 pm

    I second the vote for grown up Spring Break.

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  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 30, 2012, 3:02 pm

    What I wouldn’t give for a spring break! I’m so jealous of my teacher friends right now!!

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  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 30, 2012, 3:04 pm

    Oh yes, that would be beyond awesome!! I love their responses, especially the chess one hehe! Like you, I adore Thai food (especially the fresh summer rolls and tom yum soup!) and would love to go. I very nearly did while I lived in the Middle East, but unfortunately the tsunami happened so that plan was changed. Some day!

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  • Kate March 30, 2012, 3:04 pm

    I want Spring Break AND nap time. But if I can only have one, I want nap time.

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    • Caitlin March 30, 2012, 3:06 pm

      ohmigod, yes. i agree. nap time > spring break.

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    • Jacalyn March 30, 2012, 8:45 pm

      When I was pregnant, I would go into our consultation room and sleep on the couch during my lunch break. A sweet hour of sleep was definitely worth skipping lunch for.

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  • Jen March 30, 2012, 3:05 pm

    yay for spring breaks. I had spring break from school last week, took a week of from work and actually had a real spring break for the first time, ever! I even went to the beach. It was pretty sweet.

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  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness March 30, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Ha! I just realized my own kids are on spring break next week as well, guess it’s time to plan a few fun day things to do :)

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  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride March 30, 2012, 3:15 pm

    What I would give for spring break! I seriously think it would be wonderful for adults to get spring break with their kids!

    My firm is global and it’s crazy to see how little vacation our US folks have in comparison to London folks who get looong summer holiday time off or Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong who get double our time-off for festivals and such. Come on US!

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    • Jen March 31, 2012, 2:27 am

      Agreed! I always knew that they had it better in Europe vacation-wise (at my office, we always joke that we all NEED to move to Europe already), but never dreamed that would be the case in Asia!

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  • AmandaonMaui March 30, 2012, 3:15 pm

    I’ve heard that they’re not really that similar. However, you can probably find places in Thailand that serve American style dishes. I like the generosity of some of your GOTR girls, and I like that they have an interest in going places outside of their regular bubble. So many people are happy to stay right where they are and have no interest in other parts of the world or in other cultures. Maybe you’ve got a couple of future anthropologists, philanthropists, and peace corps volunteers on your hands!

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    • Caitlin March 30, 2012, 3:17 pm

      The girls are so great. They are at a ‘higher income’ school but have obviously had really good teachings through their parents/schools/churchs and temples not to take the things they have for granted. It’s really refreshing to see that, especially in kids.

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  • Devonshire March 30, 2012, 3:17 pm

    spring rolls are amazing! They’re very easy to make too!

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  • Katie March 30, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Adults get spring break if they are teachers! Sometimes I think we actually need it more than the kids do. My spring break just started. Woo hoo!!! Not to rub it in or anything… :) But I agree that all people should have ‘spring break’ off from their jobs to relax and recharge.

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    • kalli March 30, 2012, 3:56 pm

      and you get spring break if you are an administrator! can’t wait! hubs and i are leaving for palm springs tonight :)

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    • Kelly March 30, 2012, 5:12 pm

      Three cheers for spring break! I know I needed my week off last week more than my students!

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    • Stephanie C March 30, 2012, 6:29 pm

      I work as a Psychotherapy Trainee at a high school and I get spring break too! Too bad I still have classes at night, but at least I can sleep in for two weeks :)

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  • Ashley March 30, 2012, 3:24 pm

    I hear you on the spring rolls! I’ve been thinking about them all week, I just got the ingredients to make them at the grocery store this morning. Now I just need to figure out how to make an amazing peanut sauce…baby better enjoy it! :)

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    • Kateness March 30, 2012, 9:52 pm

      A really good knockoff of the peanutty dipping sauce is:
      natural (unsweetened) PB + soy sauce + hot sauce + lime juice + apple or carrot juice (to thin it out and make it dipping-friendly)

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  • kathleen @ the daily crumb March 30, 2012, 3:28 pm

    winter and spring break are what i miss most about the life of a student! my husband is in grad school and finishing up his spring break week. he spent 7 days doing literally NOOOTTHHHING.

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  • KristinP March 30, 2012, 3:30 pm

    I’m not really trying to be debbie downer or anything, but have you asked the restaurant what they use in the sauce? Most Thai restaurants use a base of fish sauce (basically fermented fishies and sugar) for spring roll dipping sauces like the one you have pictured. I know you have some veggie gray areas, but I thought you would want to know. Sorry for the (potential) bummer.

    Puppies! Butterflies! Springtime! Rainbows and baby elephants!

    I felt that would be a better note to end on ;-)

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  • kat March 30, 2012, 3:32 pm

    I’m no expert, but when I was in thailand nothing tasted like thai delivery back home. All the flavors were more intense: spicy,sweet,sour,etc — that balance is very important. Visiting Thailand is bootcamp for your tastebuds- you’ll be a champion at eating spicy foods when you go! the produce there was amazing too — so many fruits and veg you don’t see in the states.

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  • Lydia March 30, 2012, 3:34 pm

    The high school I attended and, now, live next door to has an alternative calendar, so they get THREE WEEK Spring Breaks, Christmas Breaks and Fall Breaks. In the summer, they get six weeks off. It was perfect when I was a student way back when, and I am always so jealous when I realize they are out.

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  • Holly March 30, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Seriously. I need a spring break from real life wayyyyy more than I ever needed one in college.

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  • Kelli March 30, 2012, 3:39 pm

    I would love to go to Thailand too! My husband & I had a trip planned several years ago, but then his dad got really ill (cancer..boo) & since my husband works for a small family owned business, we couldn’t vacation that year. We WILL get there one day though!
    Spring rolls are so fresh & healthy & are super easy to make yourself. Fun to make, too. Now I want one! :)

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  • Sarah Ford March 30, 2012, 3:42 pm

    I went to Thailand and I find now that it’s quite hard to find authentic dishes back home! I compare it to eating at a fine dining restaurant and getting an amazing stuffed chicken breast and then going to KFC and trying to compare it. You’re still eating the same dish but the flavour just can’t be compared. (As you’re a vegetarian might not be the best comparison- but the best I could do).

    And you should definitely go to Thailand! 2 years ago that’s where I was- met amazing people, had great experiences! Best vacation ever! And I met my boyfriend there and we were both from the same city in Canada and have been together for 2 years now- best keepsake of a trip ever!

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  • Katie March 30, 2012, 3:45 pm

    I’m here to tell you that spring break returns! I have take the week off when my boys don’t have school! There week starts on April 7! We live in Chicago but are going to Washington DC. So, because of lack of child care … I get spring break again. And I need a break! Aren’t all your Girls on the Run girls families getting spring break too!?!

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  • Lindsey @ Chick Flick Chic March 30, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Omg easily the most disappointing thing about adulthood is no spring break. I work at a college and students always ask me what my spring break plans are. Then I feel like such a Debby Downer!

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  • Rebecca March 30, 2012, 4:02 pm

    Certain countries get different breaks than we Americans do… I think? I could be wrong.

    My Spring Break was last week. I get a four-day weekend next week because of Easter (yay for attending a Christian university that takes Friday and Monday off!) but I have to be back by that Monday night to work… Oh well. After that, we have no breaks until the end of May when classes finish. =( Last semester was multiple breaks, longer each time. This semester seems opposite–really only two breaks. Ugh.
    But my hometown’s Spring Break is combined with their Easter break, so… I get more of a break than they do!

    Fun fact: When I was in high school, I had to give a persuasive/informative (I forget which) speech in Comm. I did mine on year-round school, and argued for it. There was something about having slightly longer breaks every couple of months that appealed to me… (I also would’ve been okay with uniforms, which came up in another class later.)

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  • Ali March 30, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I teach but my “spring break” consists of grading, prep, and work! I seriously think teachers need the breaks more than the students! I know they complain about how much they have to do, but I was never as stressed in school as I am teaching now! Even though I work during all my breaks, it’s nice to have the time to be away from the classroom.

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  • Alina March 30, 2012, 4:15 pm

    Yum! I LOVE rice rolls- there’s a Thai restaurant at the end of my street (where it’s a family business and everyone is straight from Thailand, so it’s supposedly pretty authentic) and they have amazing rice rolls, 3 for 5$. Can’t beat a deal like that!

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  • Brooke @BittersweetBrooke March 30, 2012, 4:19 pm

    I went to Thailand 3 years ago and I traveled in the north and south and while some of the foods are a little different most are very much like the American Thai food. The biggest difference in foods were the spice factor. Everything is extremely spicy way more than anything I’ve ever had in the US. I ate a lot of pad thai, spring rolls, tofu and veggie stir fries and surprisingly they fry and tempura everything. It was so delicious.

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  • Alison (Fueling for Fitness) March 30, 2012, 4:23 pm

    I *love* those rice paper rolls too! I’d like to think that the Thai food I’ve had in Toronto is pretty close to authentic but I’m only going by word of mouth! Either way, your passion for pad thai has rubbed off on me – now I can’t stop thinking about getting some!

    Also, this response “Ethiopia, but I would use my million dollars to buy the people food and shelter” is pretty much the cutest thing I’ve read today.

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  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 30, 2012, 4:50 pm

    Best life choice I ever made was becoming a teacher. I get a real life spring break. :)

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  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 30, 2012, 4:51 pm

    those were some interesting answers! I don’t think I knew what Ethiopia was in 5th grade!

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  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras March 30, 2012, 5:08 pm

    I hung out with some Thai people while I was in Japan, and they cooked Thai food for us. It was pretty different from anything I’ve ever found in the US. Thailand is also really high on my traveling list, because they have a lot of volunteer elephant orphanages! You pay a pretty low amount to live in a hut and work with elephants all day. So amazing.

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  • Hillary March 30, 2012, 5:11 pm

    Teachers get spring break! Mine started today at noon. Hell yeah.

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  • Cristina March 30, 2012, 5:13 pm

    This is one of the few perks of being a teacher – 10 days off starting now! I promise we were more excited than our students were.

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  • Katie D. March 30, 2012, 5:15 pm

    I was just in Thailand this past December-January for a development project with my school, and ultimately I just decided that it depends on what kind of Thai food you get. A couple of Thai restaurants that I go to here in the States are pretty authentic, but most are not. The food is even better there though, although also infinitely more spicy! There are also some elements that you almost always see in Thailand (like sticky rice) that you rarely see in the States. Sooo good! I loved Thailand – I would love to go back someday.

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  • Rachel March 30, 2012, 5:19 pm

    That’s one of the good things about working at a university. I may not get paid the big bucks but I do get some school holidays off! I don’t get Spring break off but it is definitely a much more relax week, and I am looking forward to getting Good Friday off!

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  • Katherine March 30, 2012, 5:41 pm

    You dont get a spring break unless you are a teacher!! Just had mine last week and it was awesome. We also get a little one for Easter too. I guess all that hard work has to be rewarded somehow :)

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  • Jessica March 30, 2012, 5:44 pm

    Adults can have spring break whenever they want, it’s called “vacation”.

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    • Laura WL March 30, 2012, 9:10 pm

      Yes to this! I always take my paid vacation when it’s NOT a school break, the prices are better and good places are less crowded! I’ve been working non-stop since I was 16 so I worked through school breaks in HS and college and I only started getting paid vacations 5 yrs ago and they are GLORIOUS.

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  • beth March 30, 2012, 5:44 pm

    a little off topic, but its the first thing I think of whenever anything Thailand related comes up… I just read a phenomenal memoir, “The Late Homecomer,” about the Hmong experience, and I think you’d enjoy it. Random I know, but wanted to mention it!

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  • Michelle March 30, 2012, 5:45 pm

    You have my vote for the position of Queen of the World. Now, pass that Real Life Spring Break law, please! :)

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  • Socal Rachel March 30, 2012, 5:46 pm

    I went to Thailand this Jan. I would have to say Thai food is closest to the real thing than any other cuisine I’ve had, at least compared to Thai in Los Angeles. But it is WAY MORE spicy! I even took a cooking class while there. The mangos were awesome! I have a few blogs up about my trip, but not quite done yet. The Thailand beaches we visited were nice, but I don’t recommend Bangkok. For me it was too crazy, dirty and had way too much traffic.

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  • Earthy Nicole March 30, 2012, 5:47 pm

    I thought when I was pregnant that I would crave Mexican food more, which I normally love, but instead I fell in love with and craved Indian food! I love Japanese flavors and Italian food though too. Man, I’m hungry now…

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  • Anne P March 30, 2012, 5:47 pm

    I was in Thailand back in 2003 – it’s an amazing place. Such cool culture. And amazing beaches, too. And yeah – the food isn’t really like American Thai food – it was still really good, though. :)

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  • Kate March 30, 2012, 5:49 pm

    Thai food in Thailand is amazing! And much of it is similar to the North American version…just better! I was lucky enough to live in Thailand for eight months when I was twenty three years old. It is such an amazing country and the people are so kind – no wonder the Thai smile is so famous! If you do go there one day, make sure to get off the beaten path. The less touristy the places, the more “real” Thailand you get to see :)

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  • Kristen @ The Concrete Runnee March 30, 2012, 5:51 pm

    Unless you’re a teacher! ;) it’s the last day of my spring break. :( but I’ve enjoyed every second with my baby girl!

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  • Alexis March 30, 2012, 6:04 pm

    I lived in Thailand (Phuket, and yes it annoys me to no end when people pronounce it fuckit haha, its Poo-get!) for a year, it was incredible! I traveled all over the country (and most of SE Asia) while there. Also, I lived in Phuket Town (away from the touristy beaches) and taught at a school, so I ate at all the local places and the school food far more than I ate at the restaurants tourists eat at. The most important difference is that if you ask for the spiciest level in an American Thai restaurant, it’s still not half as spicy as mild is in Thailand! They have different chilis and they’re intense. The smoke from them burns your eyes if you sit near the cooking (in the local eateries, the cook right where you sit, no kitchens!) I order spicy in America and always had to ask for “no spice” there which was still spicy. As people have said above, there are places that are authentic here, but sadly most aren’t! I move a lot (work in international nutrition and married to an Army soldier) and only a few times have I found really good places. I live in Hawaii now and the only place that meets my standards is an hour away (Opals on the North Shore on Oahu if anyone visits!). He has his mother-in-law ship him thai chilis and other ingredients straight from Thailand and that makes allllll the difference:)

    Btw, why isn’t there a GOTR here in Hawaii??? We’d be a great place for it, as weather is always perfect for running and there’s a massive running community here (Honolulu marathon is one of the most popular in the country!), and also 1/3 of our children are overweight or obese (I work in child nutrition). We need a chapter here!!

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  • Life's a Bowl March 30, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Students AND teachers get spring break :D Become a teacher!

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  • Michelle March 30, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Real Thai food is even better!! My mother in law (and my husband) are Thai and are AMAZING cooks!! I’ve never been to any Thai restaurant that is half as good as their food is!!! SO SO GOOD!!

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  • Stacy March 30, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Dear Caitlin,

    I hate to burst the bubble, but I teach college, and I get spring break, easter break, a month off at winter break, and 3 months of summer. Best of both worlds?

    Career change?

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    • Amy March 30, 2012, 7:59 pm

      Haha “career change”! Whenever I hear people complaining about being an “adult” and not having spring break, I always suggest a career change! Though there are many downsides to being a teacher, spring break is definitely a perk! :)

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  • Kat @ Balance & Spice March 30, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Grown up spring break sounds fantastic. I’m kind of on that now, but unfortunately it involves being unemployed. However, it does involve lovely afternoon naps!

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  • Stephanie C March 30, 2012, 6:27 pm

    This is what real Thai looks like: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mylastbite/sets/72157623501573622/
    From one of my fave restaurants of all time! That is Southern Thai, although Northern Thai is amazing as well.. I am loyal to the Southern Thai at Jitlada. They have some of the most amazing flavours in the world.
    They do the “American” Thai stuff too, and they do it well (their Pad Thai is pretty dang good, too).
    My favourite dish there is Khua Kling Phat Tha Lung w/ beef (during the few days of the year when I eat beef) or their Kaeng Tai Khai “Mang-Kon” (Southern curry, jicama & salted duck egg-yolk stuffed fish balls).

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  • Tricia March 30, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Just another perk of working in a school!!

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  • Becca March 30, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic idea!!!! I would love adult spring break :) I could take a week laying on a beach right now :)

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  • Kate March 30, 2012, 6:37 pm

    Funny you should say Thailand and spring break. I just had my MBA Global Study Seminar in Thailand and Cambodia for the last two weeks over our spring break. I also work full time so while it was a week of I was in school and coming back to work after two weeks was rough.

    I am fortunate to live in an area with a lot of thai restaurants (run by thais) so I did not notice a huge difference in the food (though it is better there) until I asked for the ‘non-westerner’ spice level.

    Drop me an email if you’d like to know more about our trip. Something tells me with your sense of community you would really like some of what we did in Cambodia.

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  • Lee March 30, 2012, 7:10 pm

    This reminds me of my little sister who is still in college. She always calls me to chat in the middle of the day. I’m like, “I’m at work, I can’t talk!!”

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  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 30, 2012, 7:14 pm

    I love Thai food… I have no idea if it’s the same there, but it’s pretty tasty here! I always get jealous of teachers that have spring break and the whole summer off!

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  • Amy March 30, 2012, 7:58 pm

    There is a real world job with spring break: Teach! There’s always a need for public education teachers, and we get one week off every April! :) :) Definitely worth all the negatives of being a teacher to have spring break.

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  • KaraHadley March 30, 2012, 7:59 pm

    I had my second to last EVER spring break this year. I went to Ireland with my boyfriend. Next year I am determined to actually go to a beach.

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  • Tricia March 30, 2012, 8:04 pm

    adult spring break wouldn’t work at my job! unless you can assure that nobody has a life or death emergency!

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  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 30, 2012, 8:33 pm

    Some countries have mandated vacation time… or grown-up “spring break”. Wish we had that!

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  • Lauren March 30, 2012, 8:46 pm

    I’m with you on the summer rolls. I just had them today for lunch actually! ;)

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  • Jacalyn March 30, 2012, 8:48 pm

    I can NOT wait for my son to start kindergarten! I will get spring break back! Sure it will come in the form of PTO, but no one can argue with having to take time off since school is out!

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  • Amy D March 30, 2012, 9:14 pm

    Hey! I just got to meet Molly Barker at a talk she gave at UF. What an inspiration. She spoke very highly of you. :) Have a great weekend!

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  • Natasha March 30, 2012, 9:15 pm

    I lived in Thailand for over a decade. Honestly, I would say that (in general) the food here does not even compare. I think one of the main reasons is fresh ingredients, also, as others have pointed out the spiciness levels are very different. Let me know if you ever need tips on traveling there!

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  • Heather March 30, 2012, 10:09 pm

    You must go to Thailand or anywhere in Southeast Asia for that matter. I recently moved back from Hong Kong and was able to travel all over Southeast Asia. I had a wonderful trip to Thailand last fall and the food is more amazing than you can imagine. I could stick my face in a bowl of curry and blow bubbles! Seriously! The food is so fresh and packed with so much flavor.

    Save your dollars and go!

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  • Kris March 30, 2012, 10:24 pm

    I wish I lived near you so I could bring you some homemade fresh spring rolls. They’re so easy to make, and taste so fresh and healthy. You just soak the rice papers a bit, place on a dish towel, add ingredients, roll up and eat. Good luck with your move!

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  • Brittany March 30, 2012, 10:42 pm

    I was so disappointed with myself when I went to Thailand to teach English at a camp. I LOVE Thai food in the US but actually lost weight over the two weeks I was in Thailand because I really didn’t like the food. A lot of fried meat and rice. I woke up kinda late one morning and the only breakfast option left in the school cafeteria was spicy fish… Probably the most unsettling breakfast ever. Haha Its a beautiful country though, so it’s still worth dreaming about!!!

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  • Jennie March 30, 2012, 10:42 pm

    Oh but you would if you were a teacher and it’s awesome! :)

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  • Christine @ BookishlyB March 30, 2012, 10:52 pm

    Some adults do- like me! One of the perks of teaching. I hate it when people act like we don’t deserve them, though.

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  • Amanda March 31, 2012, 12:57 am

    Hey the Mexican food here in San Diego is pretty legit!!!!

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  • Kate March 31, 2012, 1:56 am

    Hi Caitlin! I commented on your post yesterday but it got deleted. I’m not trying to be mean-spirited or rude here. In the giveaway post, you write that the subtitle of your book is “A Powerful Program for a Healthier, Happier you” while on the actual book cover it says “A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier you.” Just thought you should know ;)

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  • Jennyj March 31, 2012, 6:17 am

    Hi Caitlin. I currently live in Thailand. (I chuckled when I read your post.) Your question about Thai food in Thailand–yes and no. Thai food in the States is WAY tamer spice wise. But the flavors are basically the same. Also, there are two types of Thai food here–street food and restaurant food. Thai food in the US (and I am basing this on my experiences with Thai food in Portland, Oregon) is closer to restaurant Thai here, with a much narrower selection (and more sanitized meat parts).

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  • Kaitlin @ Montgomery Minimalist March 31, 2012, 6:58 am

    Actually, become a teacher–you do get spring break. And it’s awesome.

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  • Linz @ Itz Linz March 31, 2012, 8:42 am

    I’m sorry I get Spring Break… for the rest of my working career. :) (Perks of being a teacher!) Your food looks good though!

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  • sara March 31, 2012, 8:57 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    So I’ve recently begun cooking more thai food at home and I have to tell you that making your own spring rolls is incredibly easy, cheap, and (as you know) delicious. I posted a recipe a few days ago on my blog as well as one for tofu pad thai (which is less simple but super delicious) Anyway, they’re authentic recipes I learned from a friend who just spent 6 weeks taking cooking classes in thailand. Mango sticky rice recipe coming soon…its the best of the best!

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  • Ashley // Our Little Apartment March 31, 2012, 9:43 am

    I lived in Thailand in middle school (…and Malaysia in high school. It was awesome) and Thai food here does taste like real Thai food – sometimes. :) But the mango and sticky rice will never compare to the real deal. Never. You must go visit! :)

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  • Britt March 31, 2012, 11:29 am

    Grown ups absolutely need a spring break! There are so few holidays from work between the winter holidays and, what? The fourth of July? More breaks, please!

    We went to Thailand when I was younger, and a family friend (who was Thai) was our guide. She took us to the best places she knew and always ordered for us so we’d get the best food. We’ve found that there are some excellent Thai places in the US, and some not so excellent. The key with Thai food, as with any food, is just to find a place that you enjoy. We all have different taste buds. And, besides, no two Thai restaurants in Thailand were the same, so it would be impossible to expect that here.

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  • Amber K March 31, 2012, 1:54 pm

    Ahhh I’d love an adult spring break. Although after watching Brokedown Palace I decided I never wanted to go to Thailand. I think I’d prefer to go back to Switzerland.

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  • Sara March 31, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Wellll…not to brag or anything, but I DO still get a spring break! And a summer break – the perks of being a teacher. I’m actually on my spring break right now and am celebrating with a huge roadtrip – left PA on Thursday afternoon and am currently in Indianapolis. I’ll be working my way to St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville and Louisville before finally heading home next weekend!

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  • Megan March 31, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Ok first you Have to make it to Thailand!!! Not only is the food amazing and fresh but cheap!!! If it wasn’t so dang off far away. I’ve been because I’m a flight attendant and fly for cheap (along with my pilot husband) the Thai food can taste like its from Thailand sometimes. I’ve found a few places in the states that take me right back to the streets. Yum! Anyways enjoy your new house!

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  • Shannon March 31, 2012, 9:19 pm

    I just had my last spring break ever. Brings a little tear to me eye to think about it…:-(

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  • Carla Runs The World April 1, 2012, 12:12 am

    I was in Thailand in January, and yes American Thai food is just like real Thai food, except real Thai food is a lot spicier. Their mild is what is usually called medium… I had to give lots of green papaya salads to my husbad bc I couldn’t handle the kick…

    You know what else you can do in thailand? Ride elephants! One of my favorite days EVER! (We’re living in Asia for 2 years and taking full advantage of it!)

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  • Alett April 1, 2012, 8:49 am

    Our GOTR girls had their spring break in February. When I asked what they did (post break) they all said they were either at home all week or with a family member at a different home. One said she saw a movie. Our group is definitely inner city lower income. That being said they still enjoyed their time off.

    It really is quite amazing how diverse the groups participating in GOTR can be.

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  • Jon @elements2lead April 1, 2012, 10:45 am

    I would join your campaign to vote for this. I also have had a huge summer roll craving lately. I had a little dinner party last night and we all made our own. It was a lot of fun. And fresh mint is really good in them too.

    I think I would take my spring break in Argentina. The thought of amazing outdoor activities and Mendoza wines would be awesome. Hope you are well!

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  • Jess April 2, 2012, 2:19 am

    Caitlin – greetings from Thailand (my temporary home for another year) where I can assure you that there are definitely dishes here that are like what you get at home. However, there are also SO many more types of Thai food than I ever imagined before living here – I discover something new every day. The Thai food here is so much more flavorful than what I had ever had in the U.S. (the herbs are ten times as flavorful!) and much more spicy! It’s absolutely delicious – I feel spoiled every day!

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  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen April 2, 2012, 10:28 am

    My in-laws left for Thailand yesterday! They’ll be there for two weeks. I’m so jealous! I also work at a university, and it’s hard when all the students keep telling me to have a good spring break. I’ll be here, hard at work! Ah well, such is life for grown ups.

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