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Personal stories on living in different places around the world.

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Shymkent, Kazakhstan: My Dear Corner

It’s not easy to write a story that will interest anyone other than your mother. But I have decided to do my best and write about the city where most of my vivid memories took place. Shymkent is one of the ancient cities of Kazakhstan, dating to the 12th century when it was founded as […]

Panama City, Panama: Moving to the Big City

I have lived my whole life in Mexico, but have traveled around the world, sometimes for business, sometimes to learn about some other country or culture, but I’ve never lived abroad for more than three months…until now. A couple of months ago my wife received a big promotion, but one of the conditions was to […]

Cofradía, Honduras: Chicken Feet and Generosity

There’s not much to do in Cofradía, so one afternoon a week I end up sitting on Norma’s couch. Norma’s house is an entertaining place to be. The TV is always on and loudly talked over. There are dogs, chickens, cats and rabbits running through the main room from one door the other. I’m greeted […]

New York, New York: Living on Wall Street

Life on Wall Street is probably not how you imagine it. It’s quiet, at times a bit messy, and, by New York standards at least, somewhat dull. The area does not house enough mixologists and artisanal cheesemakers to attract the hipsters and creatives, but also lacks the stately beauty of those other neighborhoods associated with […]

Newcastle, Australia: From London to Newcastle—10,544 Miles

I am a fundamentally organized person. ‘Type A’ where the idea of 2,364 unread emails (junk or otherwise) gives me palpitations. Or even one unread email, come to think of it. The point is I couldn’t possibly move across the world without having anywhere to live, a job to start or really any other reason […]

Wenchuan, China: The Wenchuan Earthquake

The Wenchuan Earthquake was a colossal event that changed the lives of so many people in China’s Sichuan Province. These are my thoughts and recollections of the event on that day and the weeks that followed. The date is forever etched in my memory. May the 12th, 2008, it was a normal Monday as I […]

Caracas, Venezuela: The City Hidden in the Valley

So, do you like a mix between nature and the world of steel and concrete? Then the city of Caracas will certainly not let you down! This city has a great history that goes back to the times of Cristóbal Colón, when the city (inhabited by locals called Caribes) was discovered by the Spanish. Caracas […]

Silk Street Market, China: How to Barter

The Silk Street Market in Beijing is a famous shopping market in the city’s Chaoyang District on East Xiushui Street. It was originally an outdoor market and became famous for the quality of materials and for having clothes tailor made to order. More than 1,700 small stalls are accommodated within the multistory building that has […]

Suihua, China: Hostages in Suihua

My wife (Lisa) and I were on our way to China to begin teaching in Harbin, or so we believed. We had been in Beijing for a couple of weeks visiting the major tourist attractions before heading up to the northeast of China to begin working. We took the train from Beijing and arrived into […]

Wuhan, China: How to Eat Out in the Furnace City

I live and work most of the year in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in central China. It is known as one of the “Furnace Cities” of China due to the oppressive heat during the summer. I once stayed in the city for part of one summer teaching and […]