Switzerland: Year Two

  When I learned recently that my colleagues were heading to Tokyo for a conference, I had a visceral reaction that startled even myself. It was nostalgia, of course. A romantic remembrance of my time there. But there was a fair amount of envy present too, regret that it wasn’t me who got to go. […]

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A Week in Slovenia

  In an ideal world, I would set aside a fortnight for each of my vacations: a week to visit the major attractions in a place, and a week to experience daily life there. To the latter, there’s something to be said about taking a walk to the park, people-watching at a café, visiting the […]

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Switzerland: Year One

  I have written previously about what Geneva is like as a city, and what Europe feels like for an expat. This entry – as with my Japan recaps (years one, two, and three) is a bit more introspective, an evaluation of my life as I mark the end of my first year in Switzerland. […]

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On the Kumano Kodo

When I originally planned a trip on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (“the world’s best unknown hike”), what appealed to me was the combination of hiking and sightseeing, especially in a locale I hadn’t visited, one also generally unknown to foreigners. But as the date approached, I came to believe I genuinely needed the pilgrimage […]

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Japan: Year Two

An hour before the fateful pass, when I watched a man slip off a ridge and slide 20-30 feet down before righting himself, I had come across a guy under the shelter of an emergency hut while taking a breather for lunch. It was snowing a bit, which made for a gorgeous if intimidating backdrop. The […]

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