Point of No Return: Or, that moment when you stop comparing this to what life was like before and just start living

Well well! I didn’t think it was this kind of emotional rollercoaster ride! “What’d you expect, that’s culture shock for ya! What, no one told you?” Yeah… I expected to feel a little strange from time to time—happy when I should be sad, sad when I… yadayada, that kind of thing. But this random, these … More Point of No Return: Or, that moment when you stop comparing this to what life was like before and just start living

Culture Shocked: 39 Comments from Another Hapless Gaijin

Well, it’s been one helluva two weeks out here! In that space I’ve been jostled, stung, sweat through a whole wardrobe, and been stared at by the hundreds. I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt this unnerved, homeless, and generally alive. And it still doesn’t feel like real life yet. In the next week … More Culture Shocked: 39 Comments from Another Hapless Gaijin

48 Hours in Tokyo: My Dramatic Introduction to Asia

Wow. There reaches a certain point when your life takes such a sudden dramatic turn that you stop caring what’s ‘real’ anymore, when you stop pinching yourself and you let everything wash over and take hold. I’m underwater but I’m not drowning. I’ve never had such a dramatic leap forward. To take a cue from … More 48 Hours in Tokyo: My Dramatic Introduction to Asia