Packrat ratpack

Packrat ratpack

For as much as I love traveling (and I mean I looooove it – that’s five o’s, for those who are unsure) – packing a suitcase is, essentially, my kryptonite. Anyone who had lived with me or been around me when getting ready for a trip knows that it will be 2 am, the night … Continue reading

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

Originally posted on The Squeaky Robot:
For our purposes let’s steal a casual definition of dissociation from Wikipedia: “a mild detachment from immediate surroundings.” The expat community in Hanoi is so large there is nothing I can confidently say about it, other than it is small. Meaning five thousand expats have only a few well-known…

The Art of Making the Best of it

4 AM Revelations: it’s never too late to start, as long as you’re still breathing. I woke up suddenly this morning – first because my room was overheated and I was rather thirsty, and then because a sudden influx of anxiety attacked me. Did I respond to all of the emails I needed to for … Continue reading

Cheers to 2014… and trying harder!

I spent the last day of 2013 cruising through Los Angeles on my first ever visit there with a dear friend, and the first day of 2014 surrounded by his lovely family on a gorgeous day. It made me realize that I’m truly lucky to have been so many places, seen so many things, and … Continue reading

Far Eastern Escape

It all depends on where you center yourself on the map. Technically, the farthest east I’ve been is Israel, and I suppose that’s been twice. The Dead Sea, if I had the strength to swim across it, could have taken me to Jordan. And strength wouldn’t have necessarily been required – floating doesn’t take much … Continue reading