Celebrating Thanksgiving, the Austin Way

colorful bowls at Thanksgiving Empty Bowl Project in Austin

There’s no shortage of ways to love your fellow man in Austin. Especially around the holiday season, organizations rally to make giving back to the community fun and accessible. This year Brian and I participated in the Austin Empty Bowl Project which is an effort by Austin area potters to…

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Domaine Bousquet and the Best Meal of My Life

If you’re interested in visiting any Argentinian wineries in Mendoza and the Uco Valley, you may have read about the awesome, hours long, multi-course lunches with free flowing wine and gourmet food. When we were there we treated ourselves to two long lunches in the Uco Valley – one down-home…

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My Japanese House; Part II (but really part I)

Chikuzen machi view of rice fields

A few weeks ago I showed you my apartment in Iizuka, where I worked as an English ALT with the JET Programme. But before I moved to Iizuka, I actually lived in another even smaller town in Japan called Chikuzen-machi and worked as an English teacher with a different company,…

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What Does Teacher Housing in Japan Look Like? Here’s Mine.

Jutaku building in Iizuka-shi, Fukuoka

In case you were wondering what housing in Japan looks like, here’s a glimpse into where I lived in Iizuka, a city in the Fukuoka prefecture, on Kyushu, the southern island. It’s called a jutaku, and it’s an apartment block that is dedicated to housing teachers and usually has a…

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