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 […]

Chinese New Year Day 9: Blow Out Your Neighbors’ Windows

  Jade Emperor, they say it’s your birthday. And by they, I mean the industrial sized fireworks that went off by my building this morning at 7 am. My boyfriend and I (in our half- asleep state) surely thought we were under attack. One would think we would be used to it by now, what […]

Chinese New Year Day 5: Stuff Your Face With Dumplings

Day five of Chinese New Year is the God of Wealth’s birthday.  And what does one do on the God of Wealth’s birthday? Well obviously feast on dumplings, duh. And Karaoke. Yes, you gotta have karaoke. Dumplings (餃子, jiǎozi)  symbolize wealth because their shape resembles a Chinese tael, an old school system of Chinese weight […]

Chinese New Year Day Two: Happy Birthday Toto

According to legend, day two of the Chinese New Year, called the kāinián 开年 “beginning of the year”, is the birthday of all dogs. It is customary to give them special treats, so in preparation for this I bought some dog biscuits to pass out  to all the pups. Usually, there are countless dogs running […]

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 […]

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 […]