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You can never go home

Home is a topic that has consumed much of my writing. The quest for it, understanding it, the ever present need to grasp what my home is and how that affects who I am in the world. When you live... Continue Reading →

What if I fail? The story of how I finally got my visa and the chance to move to LA

3 months ago to the day today, I landed in Los Angeles. Today in Vancouver, I had my interview for my US visa at the USA consulate here, and it was approved on the spot (it literally took 30 seconds and she... Continue Reading →

Is there a place for me in Trump’s America?

I landed in Los Angeles 18 days ago, on the 12th of January 2017,  1 week before the Presidential inauguration. I had watched the campaigns for the role of 45th President of the United States from afar, the circus of American... Continue Reading →

Punctures in Phuket: Finding the Happy in everyday situations

For 2017 I wanted to make my New Years resolutions small and personal, so that I could maybe forgo a year of beating myself up for not winning an Oscar or making a million dollars again. I decided to focus... Continue Reading →

Cultural Connections: Finding friends in far off places

The easiest friends you will ever make are other travellers on a trip. Whether you are in a hostel in Uruguay, or a pub with an english quiz night in Bangkok, standing out because of your accent or appearance is... Continue Reading →

Digi-Dating: Building something with someone when you have no fixed address

"Digital nomad"  has become a bit of a buzz term lately...anyone travelling with a laptop and a data-plan can claim to be one (just throw out words like "Digital Marketing" "Dropshipping" and "client focuses" while frantically slurping down cute coffee's... Continue Reading →

Paris to Bangkok: 4 Differences between two top travel destinations

  On the surface, Paris and Bangkok are obviously, two completely different cities. Paris is a city filled with European history, food oozing with butter, and famous landmarks. Bangkok is a city of roadside markets, ancient temples and chaotic traffic.... Continue Reading →

Choose your own adventure

When I was a kid I love LOVED those Choose Your Own Adventure books. There was one in particular that was set in a museum, possibly Goosebumps (which was ALL my brothers would ever read) that I think I read... Continue Reading →

Am I still an Expat, or am I just a Pat?

Am I still an Expat, or am I just a Pat?

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