How does the death of an acquaintance affect you? That’s the issue I’m currently having trouble with – the sudden, unexpected death of someone I was looking forward to getting to know better.I’m not talking about the death of a friend. But not a casual acquaintance either. Someone who fits somewhere in between those extremes. […]
During Victorian times, young adults from wealthy families in England went on a Grand Tour. They traveled for extended periods of time as an essential part of their education – an essential part of their passage into adulthood.They spent weeks or months in Paris, Switzerland, Italy – actually, anyplace that beckoned. The more adventurous traveled […]
In a becak lost in the dark in the middle of Jakarta – a strange city of 10 million people. Surrounded by 50 or more people all jabbering away in a language that I had not even begun to make sense of. Hardly any cash remaining in my wallet. How was I going to ever get to my destination?
My move to Indonesia for the job in Jakarta that I mentioned in my last post Risk Disguised as Luck came at a perfect time. The three-month job contract coincided exactly with the new three-month term at school. I took a leave of absence from my doctoral program in psychology for one term.
Have you been lucky in life? Have you been faced with the dilemma of risk vs luck?A very good friend of mine likes to complain that I’ve been remarkably lucky all my life while her luck has always been bad. She feels that I’m living my dream simply because I’ve been lucky – not because […]
What motivates someone to leave the comfort of living and working in an environment that she knows well in order to live and work in a totally foreign environment as an expat?Some people do it because they get a job that pays them a big salary to live and work overseas.Some people do it because […]