Sendai, Japan. (3 min read) I left home in the summer of 2014. A smile on my face, eager in my bones, and in my back a bag full of things unsolved about myself. A lot has happened since. I’ve lived in four different countries, met hundreds of people, and gone through countless experiences I … More Welcome to the Foreigner!
Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands (6 min. read). Living in Japan as a foreigner is always quite an adventure. It doesn’t matter how long you have been living here, the sense of curiosity, admiration, and at times even perplexity seem to never cease. Beyond the distance and the language, it’s a culture that barely resembles … More ‘Shikiru’ with the Japanese mind (II)
Munich, Germany (5 min. read). What’s your story? How did you come to be who you are? Can you point out moments in your life that had a major impact in who you’ve become? I bet you can. I’m sure you recall, in detail, experiences that completely shifted your values, encounters that defined your current … More Forgotten demons and invisible angels
Sendai, Japan (8 min. read). I’ve been living in northern Japan for almost a year and a half. Throughout this time, a recurrent question arises among friends and family. A question I always have a particularly hard time answering. In this series I will provide a glimpse into what my impressions are of those defining features I find so admirable and representative, and challenging sometimes, of the part of Japanese culture I’ve been faced with for the last 18 months. … More ‘Shikiru’ with the Japanese mind (I)
Sendai, Japan. (5 min. read) Let me ask you something, are you free? Are you? Really? If you look up the word freedom in the dictionary you will find that freedom can be defined in more than a dozen different ways. Among these, freedom can be regarded as the absence of or release from ties … More Seeking the source of my tranquility
Sendai, Japan. (10 min. read) Be prepared. Grab some tea. Take a deep breath, and go for it. I should have thought that before sinking myself on the couch. You are about to read one of the most challenging posts – if not the most – I’ve ever attempted to write. I work surrounded … More The pace of the elder
Tokyo, Japan. (7 min read) On emotional intelligence and how to get along with your unpredictable self. Today was an interesting day. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have completely lost control of your emotions right before realizing how much damage you have caused, how much time you have wasted, and … More What triggers your Mr. Hyde
Sendai, Japan. (12 min read) A rant on human behavior and life-lasting benefits. The percentage of people graduating from college is steadily increasing every year. Although some of the latest economic successes led by college dropouts have made an impact on the mentality towards educational attainments, data reveals that trends are still on the rise. … More Why you shouldn’t be looking for a professional upside on your life decisions after college.