awkward turtle / expat / learning / Uncategorized

Donde esta la chinita?

During my time in Antigua, my Spanish school decided to organize a field trip to a macadamia nut farm. We all hopped on a “chicken bus” (which I basically promised JT I would never ever do). Somehow a huge crowd of Guatemalan people surrounded us and one of the Spanish teachers shouted, “Donde esta la … Continue reading

authenticity / creativity

Have you ever been labeled “different” or “creative”?

Have you ever been labeled “different” or “creative”? I’m talking about scenarios when those words are used as a back-handed compliment with a negative connotation. A few years ago, I started a new job. I was sitting in the office kitchen with a copy of Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.” My supervisor asked me, “Why are you reading … Continue reading