An Expat Returns: Life in the U.S.

After 8 years of living abroad, I’ve finally made the move home. For Dom, he is still technically an expat, as he’s English. But, for the both of us, moving back to the U.S. means going back to a fast-paced lifestyle. Because as an expat, you are exempt from certain responsibilities. At home, you speak […]

The Taiwanese Diet Vs. the American Diet

I want to take a moment to talk about my struggle with eating healthily while home in the U.S. this past month. Many of you might know that I am a vegetarian. In Taiwan, it is effortless to be a vegetarian, as there are more than 1,500 registered vegetarian restaurants on the tiny island. In […]

Don’t Go Postal

Since I’ve been back in the States, I have had the pleasure of frequenting the Post Office twice. And both times, the line was long and moved like molasses.  During this time, I couldn’t help but overhear the cacophony of complaints expressed by the people in the queue. People with different accents united together in the” […]

High on High Fructose

Usually, my posts are about the observations I make while living and traveling in a new country. However, being back in ‘Merica, I realize at times I feel like I am living and traveling in a new country. Since I have been back, a day has not gone by where I have not felt shocked, confused, bamboozled, […]

Toto, We Are Not in Kansas Anymore

Nicaragua was epically beautiful. Considering this, it fazes me why people even bother to visit Little U.S.A….er, I mean, Costa Rica, which is overpriced and stuffed like a turkey with tourists. One particularly epic spot in Nica is Ometepe, an island made of two volcanoes in the middle of a lake so big it appears […]

I’m Texas City Sad

As Tom Robbins says, “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues”. Well, I sure am missin’ Austin, Texas right about now.  

Simplicity evidently not a pressing concern in Whole Foods.

I walked into a Whole Foods while I was home from Honduras. Wow. My head almost exploded. There were so many choices, and dammit- all I wanted was one grapefruit. Funny story, all they had were bags of ten. So, I opened the bag, took one, and proceeded to the check out line. The guy […]

Cultivate Your Garden

I’m not sure where to begin with this one. To be honest, I haven’t really been thinking clearly lately, and my mind has been racing non-stop since I have returned to the States. I have been home for about 2 months, and all of a sudden my identity is starting to escape me. For a […]

Just to Clarify

As some know, my time came to an abrupt and unexpected end in Indonesia due to a family emergency. And yes, after flying into LA I joined my friends in the middle of their roadtrip. They were nice enough to pick me up in LA and give me a ride back to Texas for free. This […]

A New Breed

So there exists a new breed. Things have changed since the day of Jack Kerouac, although we all owe him for the sense of adventure he planted in the minds of generations of Americans. Even today, his legacy is strong and influences young people around the world. He inspired people to live their dreams-explore-make it […]