Working Against My Beliefs

September 24, 2014
Working Against My Beliefs

One of my struggles in deciding where I should go next lies in the work itself. If I were simply independently wealthy and able to travel 365 days out of the year, I wouldn’t have to worry about what occupies the majority of my time. Since I’m not, most of my career – and...
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A Return to Southeast Asia?

September 23, 2014
A Return to Southeast Asia?

As I make travel plans for November and December, I’m struck with a strong desire to return to Southeast Asia for a few weeks. It seems Thailand always has a place for me. Not only can I idle away the time with cheap, delicious food and accommodation, but the opportunities to meet people in...
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Sometimes, I Hate Being Famous

September 20, 2014
Sometimes, I Hate Being Famous

Working in the customer service industry and being a white face abroad (in most countries, anyway) have a lot in common. I’ve already done my share of ranting over my superficial treatment in Asia: for as many benefits as there are in being a foreigner – e.g. not expected to know or necessarily conform...
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I May Never Find My Place

September 17, 2014
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
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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Of Late I Think of Thailand

September 12, 2014
Of Late I Think of Thailand

I turned down the first offer in Japan. There were simply too many unknowns and too short a time to give an answer. I’m still in communication with the company for additional postings, but my mind is drifting elsewhere… There’s a lot I left unresolved in Asia. I’m one of those travelers who intentionally...
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Dare I go back to Japan?

September 9, 2014
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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