From Rice to Frites: Saying Bye to Asia

From Rice to Frites: Saying Bye to Asia

As I type this post, I feel rather reflective. It's easy to fall into the sap trap so I'll try my best not to do that. Processing this move is something I knew I'd have to do, but sitting down to write about it always makes it feel more real. Talk about a countdown: We're moving to BELGIUM [...]

Where do we go from here? Location Uncertainty as an Expat Couple

Where do we go from here? Location Uncertainty as an Expat Couple

A transnational marriage presents logistical challenges in and of itself, so how do we, as a young newlywed couple, reconcile mystery destinations with wanting some semblance of a normal life and roots abroad? Anticipation meets bittersweet nerves, and like twice before, we'll be leaving the foreign country that we’ve gotten to call home. This time [...]

One Year Later Back in Makassar

One Year Later Back in Makassar

It's amazing what can happen in a years time. This is my experience of going back to Makassar, the first city of our Asian adventure: [Moving here was hard; Living here was hard. It was just as hard as I allowed it to be, and boy was it. When I moved to Makassar, my anxiety was [...]

A Twenty Something’s Tale: Faking and Making It In Paris

A Twenty Something’s Tale: Faking and Making It In Paris

Photo by Bertrand Bussac. At Palais-Royal. It wasn't the first time an American ventured to Paris with high hopes and romantic dreams. The poetic longing for the world’s most romantic, picturesque city brought more aspiring individuals to its door before than me. Nearly a year and a half ago, I left the City of Light [...]

A New Life, A New Start in Malaysia

A New Life, A New Start in Malaysia

People have mistaken me for being Asian more times than I can count. Maybe it was meant to be that I'd end up here on this side of the world, but I've always been drawn to Asian food and culture, never dreaming that living here would be remotely possible. Now I call Malaysia home, and [...]

The Bittersweet Bon-Voyage: The Coming and Goings of a Young Expat

The Bittersweet Bon-Voyage: The Coming and Goings of a Young Expat

Once my mom gave way to her sadness, my reaction was inevitable and overcame me like an immersive hot flash. The twitching feeling in my lips, the hot tears welling up and reddening cheeks. I turned away quickly before they could see me fray into a blubbering mess. I kept myself composed, said a simple [...]

Makassar: An American’s Culture Shock in Indonesia

Makassar: An American’s Culture Shock in Indonesia

They say home is where you make it (I wrote this originally in 2013. I've been back since then and must say a lot has changed in Makassar and that the general infrastructure of the city is much better.) Most humans are creatures of habit. When presented with the option, most of us will grab [...]