The rambutan is a small, globe-shaped, red-skinned fruit with hairlike protrusions. It is a close relative of the lychee, and its flesh is translucent, sweet, and succulent. The rambutan is still best known in Southeast Asia, and most production and trade are concentrated there.
I returned to the States in March of 1998 after
spending about 6 months with my father's family in Thailand.
I met many relatives. All of them were very kind to me.
The language barrier was frustrating at times. I would
like to have a better handle on the language before I go again,
but even if I don't it would be worth it to see my aunt, uncle
and cousins again as well as the other Thai relatives and
the friends I made while I was there.
This trip made me feel very American. There's nothing like
spending time outside your own country to make you realize
how much you are a product of your home.