Reentering the Atmosphere

DSCN8546Thailand. Pennsylvania. To some it may sound like Earth vs the Moon but to me they are both home.

Switching between the two homes will take some adjustment though. One home was normal for years and years with the language I could understand and familiar food and friends. And the other became a place I started to understand, found new comfort food, and where I made new, lasting friends. 

Advice on returning to your passport country suggests that after an unspecified amount of time in a new place, one goes through different stages of culture shock until you come to the place of a new ‘normal’. You’ve put down some roots and you can find your way around without feeling lost. But more than that the weird, alien things that made you scratch your head at first are now an assurance that all is right in your new world. Continue reading


Getting to know the faces in the crowd

Bangkok Skyline at Asoke

It’s a fun and unpredictable place to live – this city.

But how do you keep from just being another face in the crowd? Where can you find a place to find genuine friends and build relationships in a crazy mecca of shopping and tourism? Maybe some of my own experience can help.

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Another Christmas

I’m trying not to wallow in the embarrassing fact that it has been nearly 12 months since my last blog post.


If you know me irl then you know that sometimes I don’t have much to say. Sometimes I can be really clever and surprise people. So I guess I ran out of clever things to post here. But let’s get on with it… Continue reading