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.

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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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