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See how hard it is to leave beautiful Alanya?   Moving never gets any easier. Losing yet another home is hard and no amount of excitement for the next stage quite masks the hollowness you feel as you pack up the house. The feeling is always the same. The oppressive heat (I always seem to move during summers and in tropical climates), and the intermingling smell of chemicals (cleaning and paint) and slight dustiness as I disturb the softly sleeping piles of stuff that I have not touched in a...

I've traveled around the world since I was born. Living in different countries and being surrounded by people who don't speak English doesn't phase me in the least.Or, so I thought until I moved to Hong Kong. Yes, I speak Cantonese and people here speak English fairly well so that hasn't been an issue. What has been the problem is that I never realized just how soft, all-encompassing, and secure the State Department bubble was. Sure, there's only so much you can escape your environment, even if you are spoiled with...

So I've been remiss in my entries and I feel guilty. So here's an update of my dealings of late: 1. I'm in Hong Kong 2. I have no job 3. I have no permanent place to live yet 4. Due to my excessive use of lightroom and photoshop, most of what I see appears slightly washed out... 5. I am inundated with realtors 6. I haven't joined a gym but the sheer amount of walking that I do makes up for that in spades 7. I'm realizing just how...