Archive for September, 2013

My Peruvian Tastes

September 29, 2013
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My Peruvian Tastes

I’ve spoken about how living in so many different countries has affected my behavior for better or for worse; I still bow my head when introducing myself (need to remember to kiss on the cheek here), slip on my Vibram fivefingers for casual footwear, and just barely restrain myself from yelling “kompai!” when my...
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Risking Disfiguration and an Exposed Scalp

September 28, 2013
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Risking Disfiguration and an Exposed Scalp

I will admit from the start I have very little to complain about when it comes to getting my hair cut in a foreign country. We can all say it: I’m a guy. Who cares if a barber messes up my ‘fro or shaves it all off? It’ll be back in a month or...
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Untethered Travel

September 27, 2013
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Untethered Travel

Being without a cell phone in Korea for the first time made me feel rather strange. I wasn’t experiencing phantom rings, nor was I really lacking in communication on my way out. If I had to describe it morbidly, it would be the way an amputee can still sense a missing limb; you know...
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A Day in the Life of a Texan in Arequipa, Peru

September 21, 2013
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A Day in the Life of a Texan in Arequipa, Peru

Three weeks ago, I boarded a plane ultimately bound for Lima without much idea what I was going to do, who I would be. Though I had many years abroad under my traveler’s belt, South America was terra incognita: the language, the people, the food… like Africa, I had never stepped foot on the...
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Teaching English in Peru: First Impressions

September 13, 2013
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Teaching English in Peru: First Impressions

So, a little background. I’ve taught in the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. Most of my experience with non-native speakers has been in east Asia, where standards are low, pay is high, and the majority of expats sure to be English teachers. All well and good. South America is a completely different...
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Travel Tips: Credit Cards

September 10, 2013
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Travel Tips: Credit Cards

No one is paying me to write this. If Starwood wants to toss a few points my way for spreading awareness (hint, hint), I wouldn’t say no, but I say all of this of my own accord. Like so many Americans who are hesitant of signing up for credit cards or ignorant of the...
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Tourists, How do you do it in 7 Days?

September 8, 2013
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Tourists, How do you do it in 7 Days?

Maybe I’m spoiled, but I just don’t get it. I’ve only spent a week in Peru, 2-3 days of which I was violently ill. The others were used to acclimate, search for restaurants, markets, cafes, etc. At the 7-day mark, I’m far from comfortable. And that’s ok. That’s expected. Because though I’ve had my...
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Starting from Scratch As an Expat

September 5, 2013
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Starting from Scratch As an Expat

Four days. That’s it. My entire world has been turned upside down – rather, I threw myself to the other side of the world – and I’ve accepted it in a way I would never have thought possible a few years ago. Though I consider myself a seasoned traveler, that experience has been largely...
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How I Gained More Respect for Those in Customer Service

September 2, 2013
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How I Gained More Respect for Those in Customer Service

“Every encounter at an airline starts with the customer’s attitude,” she said. “If a person comes on all demanding or confrontational, I will do everything in my power to make sure they don’t get their way. If someone’s a dick, I will get on the radio and word will spread and everyone at this...
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What I’ve Missed About Austin

September 1, 2013
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What I’ve Missed About Austin

Warm Nights No matter where I go in the world, I’m a Texas boy at heart. And that means certain things are expected of me: 1. I should be able to consume mass quantities of beef with speed and enthusiasm 2. I’m required to professionally distance myself from former President Bush if I want...
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