Well to start off I’m 20, I’m bald and I’ve been around the world. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas but my life changed when my father got a job in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I exchanged my love of Tex-Mex for a love of hummus and lamb kabab. My parents are colorful character’s my mother is an ex Broadway dancer and my father is a scuba instructor turned oilfield salesman. Thanks to them I’ve been to around 40 countries (give or take) and counting! After living for five years in Dubai and attending high school I have some interesting stories about my time there. I knew I wanted to continue my time abroad and live and work in challenging environments.
I returned to Texas after university because I found a fantastic program at a small liberal arts school in Austin Texas called St. Edwards University. In this special and new program called the dual degree program I was given the opportunity to stay in Texas for two years get my undergrad in International relations, then travel to Japan for two years and get another undergrad in Asian Studies. I figured it was a great two for one deal.
My goals: I speak a fair amount of Japanese and am trying to become fluent. I’ve also been experimenting with ideas surrounding Buddhism and intend to delve into this further. I want to work on my writing and get feedback. I also want to understand the complex historical, geographic and cultural traits that define our current world.
My Experiences: So far I’ve been a bartender on a riverboat, hotel cook, Emirates Airline security intern, Scuba Diving Instructor and lifeguard (because what American teenager hasn’t been a lifeguard?)
I’m young and I’m trying to figure out what I want to be. I want to talk about my experiences, explain my perspectives and learn as much as I can! I will be discussing History, Culture and Travel mostly. However, I also enjoy video games, international relations and martial arts. If you’ve read this far thank you! I invite you to come along for the ride and see some of the world with me!
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert.
“A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying, Tell the truth. Reveal a few secrets here.” -Quentin Tarantino