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Dépaysement: What the French Call That Feeling of . . . um . . . Un-country-ness

Dépaysement. It’s a French word that means something like “culture shock,” but it’s for those times when culture shock isn’t enough to capture what you’re feeling. 689 more words


The Culture of Coffee; My Struggle Is Real

Our school has a couple things I didn’t expect. We have a travel agent on staff and we have a full on marketing department. Last week a reporter from the marketing department asked if he could interview me for the next blog post. 838 more words

August 2017

Another damn travel blog

Here I am starting a blog 6 months after I come to Taiwan, to say nothing of starting it in the middle of Mercury being in retrograde. 765 more words

Teaching English

It's Not All Roses

Moving to Rome sounds amazing, like the adventure of a lifetime in one of the great cities in the world. And that’s undoubtedly true, but it doesn’t make it easy to pack up your life and move across the world, and the tradeoffs in moving from Denver to Rome are not all good. 840 more words

Toxic Clouds, Toxic Smoke

I had been asked to say a few words of greeting from Center for Victims of Torture headquarters to a counseling group of 12-14-year-old Eritrean refugee boys.  676 more words


5 Top Culture Shock Moments for me in Taiwan

Having lived in Japan for several years, I was reassured to spot familiar convenience store and restaurant signs the minute I arrived in Taipei. Family Mart. 823 more words

Scenes from a Refugee Camp

I spent two days in the refugee camps.  On the first day I got a walking tour of the camp from the young colleague who had shown such great interest in tiramisu.   677 more words