Who I am and Why I am here

Blogging U.This blogging thing is new to me.  I never saw myself as a writer.  I have always seen myself as an observer of people;  I guess you could say that I am curious.  Along with my curiosity, is my passion for travel and experiencing the world.

Everyone has a story to tell and I love to hear them.  The world is small and really not as complicated as it seems to be.  Most people around the world are the same; they want to be healthy, happy and prosperous.  The cultural road to attain these goals may be different;  that road is what interests me.

Each time I experience or revisit a city or country, I learn so many things about people, food, art, music, customs, etc.  My vision for this blog is to share these experiences and stories here.  My ultimate goal is to have this blog as a place to exchange information and stories from around the world.

The more we (world citizens) know about each other, the better we can understand each other.  Maybe, just maybe, that understanding can someday lead to a more peaceful world.

Hello, Bonjour, Salaam Alaikum, Hola

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I’m a teacher of English as a Second Language by trade… and Culturally Curious by nature. What does culturally curious mean? I want to know the story of the person I met on the airplane or driving the taxi. I want to know the story behind the beautiful ceramic plate in my hands. I want to know the story of the building I walked by. There are so many stories I want to know.

My passion for travel, fueled by an interest in different cultures, started at a very young age. I lived the first 5 years of my life in Asia. Upon graduating from high school, I was an AFS high school exchange student. I spent a life changing year in Tunisia, North Africa, living with an amazing host family and attending a local high school. After I graduated from university, with a degree in International Relations (of course!), I moved to Japan and taught English for 18 months. In addition to living overseas, I have had many opportunities for travel, both in the USA and abroad.  Through all of these experiences, I have been very lucky to make connections with people all over the world.  These connections have lasted a lifetime and this is my place to share these stories and to hear others’ stories as well.

Along with me on my travel adventures are my husband-Dan, my son-Daniel, my daughter-Sophia, and our two dogs-Cozmo and Layla.