In Memory of My Mother

My mother’s childhood took her across countries and states. Unlike mine.

Her adult life (and therefore my childhood) saw our family firmly planted in the small radius of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Moving : Expat Housing in Rio de Janeiro

Advice and suggestions based on my recent Rio move.

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Best Restaurants in Rio De Janeiro for Vegetarians and Beyond

Recommended restaurants in Rio – slim pickings

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8 BEST Ideas to Plan YOUR Travel Budget

Categories of travel expenses to consider (including transport, souvenirs, and food), with savings tips for each and suggestions on splurges

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Study Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro

Casa do Caminho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil offers Portuguese language classes and profits go towards supporting programs for at-risk youth.

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Expat Moving in Bangkok

My experiences, suggestions, and advice for moving in Bangkok.

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Vang Vieng Kayaking

Blissfully peaceful kayaking (for a very blissful price) during Laos low season

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My Encounter with Thai Police (Expat Life in Bangkok)

Out of nowhere, a group of police officers appeared and sternly motioned for me to follow them.

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It Starts with Words

I’d always said I’d go to Thailand., and never did… Until a one week vacation changed my life forever.

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Beat the Heat in Southeast Asia

Practical, actionable advice for beating the heat in Thailand (and the rest of Southeast Asia)! Use these tips to make your travels a bit more fun and a bit less sweaty.

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