Launching a New Life in Chicago

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago

Remember when I wrote back in November about feeling unsettled and longing for my old life? Well, I realized my old life isn’t really what I want. If you’ve been following along since I first […]

Why I Turned Down My Dream Job

Yerevan, Armenia

I walked out of the office and down to the street, trying to sort out my emotions. I should have been ecstatic; I should have been flying high with excitement. It was October 26, just […]

Thankful for the Kindness of Strangers


Last year at this time, I was hanging out in Irkutsk, Russia. My Thanksgiving dinner consisted of chicken tacos from a fast food wannabe Tex-Mex joint across the street from where I was staying – […]

Feeling Unsettled

Chicago, Illinois

It started a few months ago, although I don’t remember exactly when. It may have been while I was strolling through the streets of Tashkent or it might have happened as I tried to fall […]

Reverse Culture Shock? Not So Much.

Shoreview, Minnesota

“Well, it looks like you’ve been gone for a while,” observed the officer sitting behind the passport control desk at the Atlanta airport. “Yes, 13 months,” I said with a smile. He looked at me […]