Living in America

Why Does My Long-Distance Relationship Work?

May 31, 2015
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Why Does My Long-Distance Relationship Work?

Full disclosure: I was one to denounce the whole long distance thing. You can probably even find evidence on this blog without really trying hard. Before meeting the right person, I was convinced that no relationship could work with an ocean between two people and no fixed return date: that is, a date from...
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Restarting the 9-to-5

March 22, 2015
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Time has been moving at a very unusual rate since my return. Like all travelers and runners, I’m sure I have ways of measuring time that would seem weird to most, e.g. a four-hour shinkansen ride may be enough time to get from Hiroshima to Tokyo, but I also could have taken a Southwest...
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Avoiding Guards at the Stairway to Heaven

January 12, 2015
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Avoiding Guards at the Stairway to Heaven

As my cousin drove me from Honolulu International Airport to Kailua via the H3, the first thing I noticed was a long trail of steps leading up a particularly steep mountain face. Even with the jet lag and hunger from a six-hour flight, this caught my attention. Oahu is filled with amazing mountains and...
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Failure to Reach Pearl Harbor

January 8, 2015
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Failure to Reach Pearl Harbor

Oahu has been amazing so far. Having left Texas when the temperature dropped below zero, I had forgotten just how good the sun can feel. Couple that with a great setup in Kailua, and things are shaping up nicely. It’s only been two days. I emerged from the airport inappropriately dressed in a business...
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Switching Back to American’s Mileage Program

October 22, 2014
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Switching Back to American’s Mileage Program

A lot of people ask me how I afford so much travel. Just yesterday when someone asked me what I did and I told her I traveled full-time, she incorrectly assumed I was a trust fund baby. My behavior after a few drinks certainly helped reinforce this perception, or maybe I’m just paying more...
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I May Never Find My Place

September 17, 2014
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I May Never Find My Place

I can’t explain why autumn has this affect on me. For as long as I can remember – and we’re talking as far back as 5-6 years old – I’ve always associated sunny weather, chilly winds, and brown leaves with being at peace. I can remember walking to my father’s office from school on...
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Why I Can’t Continue Living in San Francisco

September 16, 2014
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Why I Can’t Continue Living in San Francisco

I’ve been plotting my escape for months now, almost since I arrived. It’s ironic, really, since I had espoused San Francisco and bigger cities as decent places to get out of debt. Not so much for their expensive options, but for the fact there are cheaper opportunities available, if you’re willing to overlook societal...
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Dare I go back to Japan?

September 9, 2014
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Dare I go back to Japan?

I’ve been offered a teaching position in Gunma Prefecture northwest of Tokyo and am considering taking it. Japan has loomed so large on my mind for years, and it seems like a good opportunity. Gone are the days when you can be sure of getting a job abroad simply for being foreign or racking...
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Why do I work?

September 3, 2014
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Why do I work?

I’ve been having a lot of latent thoughts since my return from Canada, the only bit of international travel I’ve had since the Philippines… ok, even that makes me sound a little spoiled. My worldview and my definition of happiness and success are changing all the time for the better. If you had asked...
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Traveling for Love

August 16, 2014
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Traveling for Love

Now, this I understood. You meet someone, they end up on the other side of the planet, you go follow them. It’s called stalking, and sometimes it works. Headhunters on my Doorstep, J. Maarten Troost Watch the video below and tell me what you think, for the reaction can vary from traveler to traveler....
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