Saturday, February 9, 2013


Dear Reader,

So it really happened. I packed my bags and flew halfway across the world to fulfill my work assignment here in Zurich, Switzerland. It's been just a week since I arrived but it seems already a lifetime. Yeah I am being sentimental because I did not get the chance to when I was preparing for this assignment. It's my second take on living a life out in the west. The first one was in the United States but I prematurely terminated my stay there. I was homesick. It took a lot (actually 7 years and 4 onshore assignment offers) to get me here. 

Anyway, life here will be different I bet. I have not settled in yet in my own apartment so I have not unpacked all my stuff. 

I have been adjusting to the snow and cold weather pretty well though I do wish it stops soon so that I can enjoy walks and take photos. Commuting here is essential and actually enjoyable. I tried doing it by myself and i actually made it to work and back home (pat on the back). I don't cook but I really need to learn soon because I can't always depend on my roommate and eating out is really expensive here. Really. 

I feel like I'll be on my own most of the time so I need to think of something to do so that I don't die of depression. I have a long list of places I want to visit here in Europe so hopefully that would help. I am looking forward to new things.

Here's to new adventures.

Ready for the world,
The Not-Geo Traveler

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sapa, Vietnam

Day 11 of 14
"It's so cold in here. I can see the fog sipping into the room through the small cracks on the wooden wall. With all the mists the rice paddies look like ripples in a vast lake.   - notes from our stay in the Lao Chai Village of the Black Hmong Tribe."
Thanks to Peter and Sapa O'Chau for arranging our trek and homestay, to Mai our very warm host and to Sho the best guide ever.


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