Back in Michigan in November.

So it is nearing a month since I have posted anything here.  My last post, from 18 November, was taken sun-up my first morning back in Grand Rapids, the city I grew up in.  It’s not certainly not anyplace I planned on going again for a long time, and more than that, not a place I wanted to return to under the circumstances that I did.

The things going on there are still sorting themselves out even as I am returned to Asia.  And I am thoroughly glad to be away again.  It will be written about at some point Further Still.

This blog has come to mean a great deal to me.  Aside from being a portfolio-of-sorts in the works, this has become to me a nice symbol of what my life has become in the last 2 years.  As much as I loathe the idea of over-indulgence in nostalgia, it is nice to look back on the things I’ve done in the time I’ve been writing this blog, and, at the very least, use that to inspire me to do more in the future.  That being in spite of the fact that I have a significant amount of catching up to do on the actual entries.

The short of it is that I am immensely happy with the way my life is going at the moment and I have no intention of giving it up anytime soon.

All that said, this blog – Slightly Removed – is coming to an end soon.  Until now, it has served its purpose perfectly.  But it’s outlasted its usefulness.

Instead I’m starting over again.  Or rather, expanding.  In the new year, I’m going to be re-launching the site on its own domain with much more varied content that I have had up until now.  Most notably, this will include the new column ‘Home in Nowhere,’ a series of posts dedicated to advice and stories for sustained long-term travel and those of us who don’t want to go back.

Also, much more coming to the Lost Cities section, as this is still one of the main reasons I keep travelling.

Slightly Removed isn’t done yet, and there will still be new posts this month before it’s all moved to the new site.  Afterward, I’ll have this blog auto-re-direct to the new domain.

Thanks for reading and I hope to continue this site down more paths that are yet unwritten.

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Nothing that notable to say yet. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in writing and anthropology and have no idea what I want to do with them. For now, I’m content with an unbound lifestyle; going where I want and doing what I can, and hopefully gaining some interesting stories along the way.

What are your thoughts?


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