On the first day of November I woke up in the medical ward of a refugee camp in Thailand, watching the mist from the mountains roll into the room's open window. I had spend the week along the Thai-Burmese border, reporting on the food shortages facing over 6,000 people living in Shan IDP and refugee camps.
After coming home for a few days I went up to Myanmar's capital city of Nay Pyi Taw, where I covered United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit.
The following day was the trial of three journalists and a driver who are charged with flying a drone over Myanmar's capital. To say the charges and trials have been an absolute farce would be an understatement.
And then back to Yangon again, where I met famous Myanmar 35mm film editor Zaw Min in his studio, where he talked about not being able to keep up with the changing pace of technology in Myanmar's film industry.
And, as always, I spent countless hours in tea shop- except this time for a slightly more concentrated reason that I'll be sharing next in the next few weeks.
Flipping through the pages of my notebook, November was filled with nothing but matters of the heart. Whether it was 40+ friends from around the world gathering around a table to have Thanksgiving with me, eating fried rice at 2AM on the street corner with loved ones, or sleeping in with a kitten I rescued from a local tea shop- November was a good one.
December's line-up includes Bangladesh, Thailand, Micronesia, and a heavy dose of nostalgia and contemplation for what what 2017 brought.