Paying American Taxes Abroad

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*updated for 2016 It’s something that should never cross our minds when enjoying ourselves abroad, but mid-April becomes an irritating time for most Americans because of the looming burden of Tax Day on April 18.  It causes plenty of problems… Continue Reading →

Elevator Etiquette in China

While there are certainly plenty of things I love about China, more and more, the elevator etiquette that I deal with everyday in my office building gets to me. I work in a 46 story building, and the 2 sets… Continue Reading →

Breaking Out of Luang Prabang

The word is out there about Luang Prabang. UNESCO town. Beautiful architecture. Stunning riverside landscape and temples galore. The morning alms procession by the local monks that is a must-see. All this was on my mind as I tried to… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing Photo Walk

Muang Sing still holds a unique place in my memory. This is not only for the news I received just prior to arriving, nor the stray people I met in the town.  There was something about the locale itself.  At… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing: A Foggy Dawn in the Morning Market

If there is one spot all the guides of Muang Sing say is a “must see”, it’s the town’s Morning Market.  To be perfectly honest, at that time, markets never interested me all that much.  However, they have since grown… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: 10th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Not long ago, less than ten years in fact, many of the local expats were calling Chongqing the Wild West of China.  Development was less than ideal, international residents were scarce and foreign-oriented establishments nearly impossible to find.  While not… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: Hong’en Temple Park

It was another one of what would be many grey mornings in the forthcoming Chongqing winter.  I had barely been in the city 2 weeks and had been too preoccupied to explore as much as I normally would.  On our… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing: Fleeting Friendships in the Night Market

This is where I found myself; I had been away from the United States for nearly a year. Through intermittent wifi, I received word my best friend of a decade had died. And I had just exited a bus in… Continue Reading →

Week in Pictures 27.06.2015

The Chongqing Days: A Sunny Day in Guanyinqiao

I had read it many times before ever arriving; Chongqing was notorious for its grey skies.  Optimists attribute this to the city’s surrounding mountains trapping the humidity and clouds overhead.  More cynical folks brush it off as constant pollution.  In… Continue Reading →

Week in Pictures 20.06.2015

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