Living in America

Perfecting Inside

March 18, 2014
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Perfecting Inside

My apologies to readers expecting stories from the Philippines. Although I’m having an excellent time, inspiration for blogs has not been striking. In general, life here, on the surface at least, reminds me a great deal of Thailand. Similar climate, the same plethora of fruit, and beautiful sandy beaches. However, what really makes my...
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Times I’ve Felt Like An Outsider

November 15, 2013
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Times I’ve Felt Like An Outsider

“You know the worst part of traveling? And I don’t talk about this much. Maybe never. But, God knows, it’s always in my mind. The worst part is when you run into people with closed-minds, or minds that only open for the familiar, which is basically the same thing.” - Loco in Yokohama, Baye...
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I’m an American and I use the Metric System

November 14, 2013
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I’m an American and I use the Metric System

I like to say my weight in kilograms and my height in centimeters. When I’m describing how far away something is, my default measurement is kilometers, not miles. And yet, this is supposed to be shocking? That someone who was born into thinking a certain way evolved, based on empirical evidence and convenience? Subscribing...
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Plotting a Return to Japan

October 18, 2013
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Plotting a Return to Japan

It’s no secret Japan has weighed heavily on my mind since I left in 2008. I had a good setup there: - A brand-new apartment in a quiet area with a heated toilet seat. In the mornings I could run to a park overlooking Kinko Bay and see Sakurajima smoking in the distance. -...
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What the ACA and government shutdown mean to this traveler

October 4, 2013
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What the ACA and government shutdown mean to this traveler

I’m living in Peru. I’m 31 years old, and I’m an American. More to the point, I’m a Texan. I also happen to be violently ill from a stomach bug as I’m writing this. As nearly all Americans and some around the world are aware, the US government shut down this week as the...
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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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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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Pura Vida

August 31, 2013
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Pura Vida

I don’t even know how to begin describing Costa Rica. A simple enough landing, a quick rush through immigration and customs… only to have yourself deposited in a mine field of family members and taxi drivers asking where you need to go. In that respect, it’s not much different than Bangkok. In fact, Costa...
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Whenever One Door Closes…

August 22, 2013
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Whenever One Door Closes…

There’s something I should address to all my readers, those who have been following me for years, and those who have only recently stumbled across my blog and have yet to get the full view of my experience: I’m not going to be down forever. If anything, I’m feeling pretty great at the moment,...
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