Blast from the Past: I am not currently, nor have I ever been a member of the Communist Party

Originally written May 14, 2007 Somewhere between the growing economic powerhouse of China to the north and the developing Southeast Asian powers of Vietnam and Thailand to the east and west, respectively, lies the small, landlocked nation of Laos. Technically…

Money for Nothin’ and Grad School for Free

On our walk this evening, an old man saluted Sydney. In other news: Interesting development, I found out over the course of a couple of beers with a Swedish Couchsurfer that grad school in Scandinavia is free to foreigners. Free.…

A Day in the Life

I’ve often compared living abroad to being an alcoholic: you have to take things one day at a time. There are great days. GREAT days. Days where you are just amazed at all the sights and sounds and new experiences…

The Typhoon and the Case of the Missing Apartment

September 2, 2010 11:06Typhoons must love me. During my first month in Japan, I experienced two; now, one week into my stay in Korea, get get slammed. I pretty much slept through the whole ordeal but most of my coworkers…

A Night in the Casino

August 31, 2010 23:14 It always feels good to walk out of a casino with more money than you arrived with—as if you beat the system. Tonight, was one of those nights. My coworkers invited me out to the Walker…

Blast from the Past: First Day in Zurich…

Originally written March 10, 2008 First of all, let me apologize in advance on the very real possibility that I will inadvertently use a “z” for a “y” or vis-versa. Or if I inexplicably use any one of the following…