Living from the Heart, Michelle's Memoir, The New Story, The Old Story, Writings

Landing

On August 6, 2009, I boarded a plane in my hometown, Austin, Texas, and took a flight into the unknown. Destination: Guatemala. I was 29. Ten years prior, the international travel bug had bitten. At age 19, prompted by my irrational fear that Y2K would cause global chaos and planes would fall out of the… Continue reading Landing

Education, Guatemala, Michelle's Memoir, Writings

Top 5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years in Guatemala

{Read the full version here.} 1. I am sensitive and resilient. In my three long years in Guate (a.k.a. Guatemala City), I was never robbed at gunpoint, as many of my friends were, but I was lied to, judged, cheated, rear-ended, side-swiped, overruled, manipulated, hated, loved, used, ignored and more. I experienced homesickness, loneliness, anxiety,… Continue reading Top 5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years in Guatemala

Guatemala, Michelle's Memoir, Traveling, Writings

The Borderline Day.

One of the (few) drawbacks to living abroad is having to deal with immigration issues. Ever since high school when I relished in skipping classes and not getting caught, it has been in my nature to rebel against authority. In line with this rebellious mentality, I believe that borders between states and countries are fictitious… Continue reading The Borderline Day.

Guatemala, Michelle's Memoir, Traveling, Writings

Confessions of an Expat Yogini: 5 Reasons I Live Outside the U.S.A.

As a kid, I was never proud to be a Texan. I despised all things ¨country.¨ As a young adult, I was not proud to be an American. Spending a semester studying abroad in London in 1999 with a pack of obnoxious Yankee college students didn´t help my image of the ugly american loudmouth tourist.… Continue reading Confessions of an Expat Yogini: 5 Reasons I Live Outside the U.S.A.