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It’s occurred to me recently that people other than my parents read this.  It’s also occurred to me that people other than my parents might find the whole thing kind of confusing.  Who am I?  Where do I come from?

So here are some frequently asked questions (‘frequently’ and ‘asked’ both being rhetorical devices in this context):

Who are you?

OK, so I don’t get asked this often in real life (I can only think of one super awkward first date that got that metaphysical), but since I have managed to write this blog with very few pictures of myself, it’s maybe a valid question.  I am a nearly 30 year old female person.

Where are you from?

Lots of places.  Nowhere.  I was raised in a collection of Pacific Rim airport terminals.

No, but where are you actually from?

I think when you’re in your late 20s, the best way to divine ‘hometown’ is to identify the place where the plurality of your friends’ weddings are located.  In which case: Christchurch, New Zealand.  But I live in Washington, DC for now.

How can one get in touch with you?

Easy!  Via electronic mail!


11 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2011 1:59 am


    I’m the editor of Expat (, a site devoted to developing comprehensive destination guides aimed at easing expat transitions abroad. At the moment we’re working on perfecting our Malaysia guide and I came across your blog though my research. I was wondering if you’d be interested in completing an email interview about your expat experience abroad? We upload these interviews on “Expat Experiences” pages to give our readers a better idea of what they can expect when moving to their future destination.


  2. March 14, 2011 2:58 am

    Yo! Nice blog. I’m visiting in August for a month and yours is the first blog that I found that wasn’t the typical tourist type ie: scenery, bungee, wine or sheep

    • March 14, 2011 6:14 pm

      Thanks! I really hate most travel writing for that exact reason: it just reinforces what you’re supposed to think about a country. So this is a huge compliment to me. Hope you enjoy your time in NZ!

  3. fart permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:55 pm


    i know you. remember me?

    i like you.

    • April 6, 2011 6:53 pm

      Do I remember you?! Psh. You never forget the girl you steal your first shopping cart with. I miss your face.

  4. Stacy Paul permalink
    June 26, 2011 12:50 am

    Nice blog.
    We should talk. I do wanna visit. Email me?

  5. June 25, 2013 5:30 pm

    Love your writing style! A blog to follow.

  6. June 29, 2013 7:30 am

    Just got back from a RTW trip, was in New Zealand with nephews and friends, was Christchurch ever a shock, gosh talk about tearing the heart out of a place – but Re-Start City is pretty amazing, followed NZ with America and spent the whole time batting away comments about my accent! (The fact that I sound very like Her Majesty, The Queen of England had a lot to do with it).
    Like your blog

    • June 29, 2013 2:26 pm

      Hi Deborah, glad you like it! Your trip sounds amazing. I read a few posts about it on your blog–it’s making me want to plan my own RTW.

  7. July 11, 2013 10:13 pm

    “Perpetually on vacation.” I like your perspective!

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