An Introduction

I started this blog as a way to document my travels. Recently, I came to the decision to leave my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. The reasons are many, and I won’t go into detail here. In a word: I died. My identity, as an Appalachian, as an activist, and as a romantic, have been lost to me. I can’t make a living here, and my heart breaks every day driving down the streets I once called mine. So, when an opportunity came up to move to Dubai, I took the opportunity.

I am leaving my politics, my roots, and my heart behind to set off on a new adventure. This is not an easy decision, but it is one I wish to document. I will be living in the Middle East, starting my life over, processing heartache and loss, dealing with mental illness, exploring the world, and enjoying what I can. I am trying to find out who I am when the parts of me I most valued have died.

This is also a project to force me to write something and publish something every single day. It’s less about inspiration and more about discipline. We’ll see where this goes.

One thought on “An Introduction

  1. I wish I had the proper words to propel you on your first steps of this journey. I do not. However, I can provide you with some words others have shared with the world.

    “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
    “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
    “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
    “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
    “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
    “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
    “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous
    “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley
    “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

    One foot in front of the other Poncho, one day at a time. I absolutely cannot WAIT to read about your discoveries, your adventures, your new friends, and your accomplishments. <3, KC


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