Living in America

Day in the Life of an Expat in Tochigi

April 14, 2017
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Tochigi is a whole new ball of wax. My time in Higashi-Hiroshima felt like summer camp being under AEON’s tutelage; the tiny apartment combined with true culture shock and lack of Internet access for a few weeks certainly didn’t help. Even in Kagoshima, with a professional job and access to tropical islands, I felt...
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5 Reasons to be Grateful Trump is President

February 4, 2017
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5 Reasons to be Grateful Trump is President

How has Trump impacted the United States in a positive way, and why should the American people be thankful he came along? Read and find out.
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Have I Lost my Travel Humor?

January 31, 2017
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Have I Lost my Travel Humor?

Placing the strap on my shoulder, I lugged the familiar blue and grey duffel bag to the American Airlines check in area. Though there were crowds at the security line, most had done without checking their bags or arrived early enough to avoid the rush. I, on the other hand, was a little pressed...
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New Sieve List for 2017

November 29, 2016
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I call it a sieve list because things keep leaking out, despite my best intentions (I mean, I made a list, after all). First, let’s look at my list for 2016: 1. Take a yoga class 2. Try performing some standup comedy 3. Write at least a few chapters of my book 4. Focus...
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Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

November 15, 2016
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While I enjoyed my stay at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap and would certainly recommend it to anyone who isn’t concerned about breaking the bank, it just seems disproportionately expensive when compared with local hotels of the same quality.
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What’s Next for the Average American?

November 12, 2016
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I need to make a decision concerning my future as an American. It's exciting, in a way; though I've always had the option of rejecting American citizenship by officially renouncing it or unofficially by staying abroad, never have I seriously considered it until Wednesday morning when we all heard the unthinkable.
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Observing the US Presidential Election from Bali

November 10, 2016
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To those who advocate waking up and seeing the next sunrise, "things won't be that bad," and just tolerating four years of this: No. Trump and his supporters don't deserve your empathy or understanding. Life matters, but there is no value in a life that values evil over good, hate over love, oppression over...
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How I Maxed Out my US Passport

October 29, 2016
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How I Maxed Out my US Passport

What kind of travel is involved to completely fill a US Passport with entry stamps, exit stamps, and visas? Once A Traveler explains his eight-year journey.
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Renewing a Passport in 24 Hours

September 23, 2016
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Renewing a Passport in 24 Hours

I was all set for my latest trip: shopping completed, all entry requirements checked and double checked, places to stay arranged for a little while. And then I realized something especially disconcerting…
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3 Travel Hacks for Urban Explorers

September 6, 2016
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3 Travel Hacks for Urban Explorers

Just as there are tips unique to airports, passing through a capital or larger city offers opportunities for clever travelers to work the system. Here are a few of the travel hacks I’ve discovered.
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