KC and I have noticed a strangely consistent phenomenon in eating establishments around the world: the use of the word “finished.”  Many times it has happened that one of us orders from a menu only to discover that the item isn’t available.  And for some reason, the word “finished” seems to apply universally where English […]

It seems to me that everyone in the developing world is an entrepreneur. Even in the US and Europe, working for an employer in a corporation is a relatively new invention, and most people in SE Asia and Africa, with the exception of desk jockeys (and even then we still met lots of those who […]

KC and I were joined in early January by our friend, Marie, a middle school science teacher from Oregon who is also  globe-trotting and has been terrorizing tweens with the scientific method in a prestigious Seoul international school for the past 3 years. Sa Pa Gallery We headed north to trek for 3 days in […]

“Where are your manners?….Were you born in a barn?!”   Apparently in Asia people would have thought I was. Some things are done a bit differently over here and even though I thought I was being perfectly mannered (Yes Mother, I was paying attention all those years,) certain western etiquette flies in the face of Southeast […]

On his way home from surfing one day, KC switched on his recorder as a funeral procession passed on the street.  This quote from Desmond Slade, a South African expat living in Bali, discusses the recurrent ceremonies on Bali: Visitors may be perplexed by the numerous street processions and the little offerings left at seemingly […]