A Country in Upheaval: 6 Rules for Staying Safe Abroad

Protests can be peaceful or troublesome: be prepared. Image from michaellorinfriedman.com. A recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand reminded me of one of the most important things to remember when traveling:…

Travel, Subways and Love

I’ve seen subways I’ve seen subways that were called tube (London) I’ve seen subways that were no cute (Rio de Janeiro) I’ve seen subways with a funny accent (Milan) I’ve…

An Introvert Abroad: Hello, World!

I am an introvert. There, I said it. And more than that: I embrace it! It has been a long and confusing journey towards accepting my introversion as a strength…

The visa issue

Why do we need a visa to live in a country? Why is it so hard to get one? Why can’t we just live where we choose to live? These…

Island Time

Travelling goes hand in hand with making discoveries and learning something new but this time I may have hit the jackpot – I have learnt how to become totally relaxed. The location…

Thailand – The Climber’s Shangri-La

  Southeast Asia has, for years, and for many reasons, been a top travel destination for the young and adventurous. For starters, apart from the plane ticket required to actually…

The Travel of Love

There are many reasons that people love to travel.  The freedom it brings, sights you see, things you learn and experience, but especially the people you meet. I have found…

Korea vs. Japan

Ever the naive Westerner, I had assumed that South Korea and Japan would have some sort of ”Northeastern Asia Friendship” going on after spending the last 200 million years chilling…

Thoughts from a Nation Builder

In light of President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address (which can be found here, and is well worth a viewing), I thought I would toss in my two…

The Foreigner’s Guide to K-Pop

For those of you who have not had the joy of being exposed to K-Pop (Korean pop music), this upbeat genre features both male and female groups which generally have…

Discovering the Beauty of Dependence

I had a revelation yesterday.  Well, actually it began last Friday.  Well, actually I’ve been piecing things together for the past several months, but didn’t begin to articulate it until…

The Media and Our View of the World

The media is a really beautiful thing.  TV news reports, magazines and papers allow us to understand events transpiring in every country, despite our current location.  One glance at BBC’s…