Category: Off the Couch

Life is an adventure, time to get off the couch and experience the world!

Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 5, Seoul, Korea

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You can read about the other “Strange Places I’ve Called Home” here.  In early spring 2007, I was at a strange place in my life. Nine months into my stay in Japan, and I was essentially told my services were…

The Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 4 (Continued), Nagasaki, Japan

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This is the second half of my piece on Nagasaki. Part 1 can be found here. My other posts in my “Strange Places” series include Milwaukee, South Florida, and Knoxville.   Many places have pest problems, but nothing could have prepared me for…

The Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 4, Nagasaki, Japan.

No, I didn't get into funny mistranslations, or Japan's bizarre sexual culture. I hope this sign suffices for both.

Author’s Note: When I set out to write this piece, I didn’t think it would take so long to fully convey my complex feelings about Nagasaki. As such, it has become a series within a series, divided into two parts.…

Legoland

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The Danes have a great deal to be proud of. They’re the World’s Happiest People. They have a high level of social cohesion, equality, and standard of living. They have some of the best restaurants in the world. They thumbed…

Lessons from Nowhere: Oruro, Bolivia

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Perhaps it is harsh to call a city of a quarter of a million people “Nowhere” straight from the outset, I know I would be duly offended if and when someone refers to my own similarly sized town of Knoxville…

The Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 3, Knoxville

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Check out my first two parts of my “Strange Places I’ve Called Home” series: Milwaukee, and South Florida.  At first blush, Knoxville seems like an odd fit for a boy like me. It is conservative and religious, and I am…

The Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 2, South Florida

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Part 1 (Milwaukee) of “The Strange Places I’ve Called Home” series can be found here.  In the history of the U.S., Has there ever been a more iconic city linked to a particular decade than Miami was to the 1980s?…

Lessons from Nowhere: Punta Arenas, Chile

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At various points throughout Patagonia, we had declared ourselves to be at “The End of the World.” Clearly our perceptions were flawed, as there was always somewhere further down the road to go. But by the time we reached Punta…

The Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 1, Milwaukee

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Authors Note: The idea of this series of posts came about during the usual mind-wanderings induced from a combination of a lack of caffeine and the blur that is my morning commute on the Munich public transit system. Between chapters in…

The Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Introduction, 1982

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My birth year is naturally misleading, seeing as I only experienced roughly 10 days of 1982, though “experienced” might be a generous word to use, insofar as a newborn baby doesn’t experience much of anything beyond the feeding/pooping/crying/sleeping cycle. While…

Paris

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Note: So, this post is only about 5 months late. And I believe apologies are in order to my good friend Dr. Lt. Rhett, for sharing his tales of travel woes, but I promise it has a happy ending.  The…

From the Beginning

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I’ve been in Germany for three months now, and in that time I’ve remained fairly silent on the issue. My silence has not been due to a lack of compelling stories, but rather (I think) from a desire to get…