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    Traveler’s Mind, Zen Mind

    Have you ever heard someone say “travel is a state of mind?” It’s one of those platitudes that annoys me whenever I’m not on the road. Only someone who has the luxury of travel would ever say it. “No,” I want to scream, “travel is going somewhere different and seeing something new!”   Yet I think […]

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    Experiment: Live in China for One Year

    Whenever I’m asked “what was your favorite country you lived in?” I feel like I’m being asked to choose between children. Each nation where I’ve been a resident has it’s own distinct flavor. This post is part of a series about what it’s like to live abroad, where I profile each country one at a time and […]

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    This is How to Speak to a Foreigner

    Every time I find myself stumbling for words in a foreign language, I can’t help but think of all the people I’ve met struggling to learn English. This post is meant as a guide for native speakers in their home country to understand the best way to communicate with non-native speakers.   Love learning languages? […]

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  • The (Un)Lost Generation?

    Dear my generation: What gives? Where did all the love go? Are we too pragmatic, too jaded? Or are we more aware of the real workings of the world? How can we possibly reconcile the romantic tales still embodied in our media but absent from our lives? Are we broken, is our culture broken, or […]

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  • Spontaneity is (Also) Spotting Opportunities

    A while back, I made the statement that spontaneity is wanting what you get. Recently I had another adventure which has caused me to append to this statement: spontaneity is also knowing how to spot an opportunity.   Too often, we are paralyzed by the fear of the unknown. When something good comes along, this […]

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    Safe Travels: How to Not be Robbed

    When it comes to safety, appearances are much more important than fact. Thieves choose their victims based upon who looks like and easy mark.   I just landed in Lima, Peru last night and at no point did I feel at risk. Yet, many people warned me on my way to be careful (including locals). […]

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  • Cultivating Sanity in a Crazy World

    No matter where I go in the world, I always know that sanity is just a plane flight away.   I tell people that I meet that I do not really have a “home” and that I move countries every 2-3 months. While this is true, if you look at my driver’s license it will […]

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