Living Abroad

Scroll through resources about moving and living abroad.

  • My 1st post in 6 months, getting out of Berlin on a 6-hour train and other musings
    Checking in, pandemic blues and escaping to nature to get away from the drudge of the city
  • Tempelhofer Feld in Summer (nature writing)
    Mostly it is runways of possibilities. But also it is refuge. Erected containers. Hobbled together by mean knuckles and oppressive fingers and sometimes where the blood has dried there is something man made, an awkward sterile white that is a bathroom but can also be home of which we are not the deciders. I know that in crowded homes sometimes refuge is the bathroom stall. It also has four walls, but the roof is open, and perhaps that’s what allows people to breathe. The sun has fallen asleep in this 35 degree afternoon, and Tempelhofer Feld is underneath its sticky body. It’s persistent though and people go round and round in the current of daily life. Sometimes the airport building is completely ignored. Circles skimming the edges skipping the contents of the field. From above we look stupid, and the motion makes us dizzy but, people enjoy disorientation.  The air is full of molasses. Which tips into the space. Onto the bikes and people—the disappearing flys on the canvas of this self contained world. They are baking. I can see the heat make waves atop the still blocks. But people persist in their movement because they demand freedom, even if […]
  • The stories we tell ourselves (an ode to people spending holidays alone)
    A reflection on the human desire to create stories and how that’s important to remember this holiday season, this 2021, and beyond.
  • Move to a new city at the start of Covid, and start a business: meet Amy
    Beekeeper, badass entrepreneur, and Barcelona bound. I talk to Amy, 29, from Los Gatos, CA about her unfortunately-timed move to a new city and how it led her to switch careers and embrace starting a business. We talk about submitting, making friends, strategy and more.
  • Exploring loss, identity and building beauty with Lena—a local business owner from Kefalonia, Greece
    Today I sit down with the Greek-British Lena, co-owner of Vericoco, a place I stayed on a writer’s retreat in early October, in Kefalonia, Greece. Together we explore loss, identity and much more. Read on to learn more about Lena and Kefalonia, a place I highly recommend for a relaxing getaway, when the times once more allows.
  • Poem: Houtouwan Village
    I was recently inspired by a breathtaking image of vegetation that has grown over a remote village named Houtouwan, I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day, and eventually a poem came to my mind, please enjoy the image and my words below, and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
  • Most read by you: a look back at the last two years
    When revamping the blog, I looked at the analytics to get a true picture what people have enjoyed reading the most. And so, this blog gives a round up of the top 5 posts between 2018-2020!
  • Poem: Safe travels
    “Okay then, disappear my darling, darling you are / Go into the damp tunnel of troubled mind, and step all over your fleshy parts / but try not to break anything. Be stealth.”
  • Stillness in Spandauer Forst: a Berlin tiny house getaway
    A train to the end of the U-Bahn line, plus one additional 10 minute bus, and I was in Spandauer Forst, Berlin, for the weekend where I stayed in a tiny house. In this piece I recount my musings from the forest centre, and my encounter with its inhabitants.
  • The Unknown of the Backyard: what the local movement is teaching me about home
    What the local movement teaches us about exploring home and connecting with local wonders and businesses.