Striking a Balance

Striking a Balance

Mindset, Travel
If I don't have a picture of it, did it really happen? Monkeys swing from the trees to the corrugated metal protecting the steep stairs from the burning sun. They are looking for food or drinks they can steal. My phone is tucked away as I ascend 777 stairs to Mount Popa. I have heard these aggressive monkeys have a tendency to snatch anything they see from people’s hands. However, I’m itching to pull it out so I can take pictures of their cute little faces. What is this desire to capture everything in photos? My first camera used film. I remember lining up every shot to make good use of the 36 frames before I would have to beg my mom for another roll. Then I would wait weeks…
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Meeting a Princess Burmese Python

Meeting a Princess Burmese Python

Personal Story, Travel
I was expecting just another Burmese Python Sweat drips from my brow as I dismount the motorbike that has carried me from one side of Bago, Myanmar to the other. There are no expectations of meeting a princess because, to be honest, I haven’t done any research for this trip. Bago is just about an hour and a half away from Yangon, where I live.  My partner had to go for work and I tagged along. When I saw a place on the map labeled Snake Pagoda, I looked at the images and decided to go. It's easy to feel the greatness of the place the moment my feet are on steady ground.  In Southeast Asia, a pagoda is a cone-shaped monumental structure constructed in memory of Buddha. In Myanmar, one…
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Observations About Myanmar from an Expat

Observations About Myanmar from an Expat

Travel
It has been one year now since I came to Myanmar! What I planned as a three-week adventure has evolved into so much more! So I thought it was time to update this post on my observations about Myanmar. I have gone from being a tourist to an expat.  (Expat is short for expatriate, a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their native country. I can't remember if I knew or used this word before coming here.)  (more…)
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Cataplexy in a Cathedral

Cataplexy in a Cathedral

Narcolepsy, Personal Story, Travel
Sharing a plate of fried watercress, a heaping dish of tea leaf salad, and a bowl of eggplant curry, I found myself saying more about my chronic illness than I ever expected to disclose on a first encounter. I heard myself explaining things my body does in words I had never strung together verbally before. Maybe it was the second glass of wine, or maybe it was the humid air, the colorful Myanmar decor, and the attentive listener on the other side of the able. He seemed genuinely interested in how a person with narcolepsy had come to travel as a lifestyle choice. (more…)
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Tips for Riding a Sleeper Bus in Vietnam

Tips for Riding a Sleeper Bus in Vietnam

Personal Story, Travel
Before my sleeper bus experience, I had never imagined being asked to take my shoes off as I entered a public bus.  But when you get on an overnight sleeper bus, it makes a lot of sense.  An attendant held out a black plastic bag for me to place my shoes in. I continued barefoot down the aisle to my very own reclined sleeper seat. (more…)
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Healthcare in Auxiliar Program Spain

Healthcare in Auxiliar Program Spain

Narcolepsy, Personal Story, Travel
In 2014 I applied for the Ministries of Spain Auxiliares program on a whim. I didn't know the healthcare in the auxiliar program in Spain would be so great! I was also considering teaching in Asia for programs like EPIK and HESS. I had promised myself I was going wherever I got an offer first because I had to get out of the USA. The day the email came telling me I had a position in Spain I couldn’t believe it. I was going to be living in Ibiza! Everything happened pretty quickly since I got my carta mid-summer. I had to quit my full-time job, sell all my furniture, get the Spanish student visa in Chicago, and physically move to Spain! But of course, there were some worries. I…
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Low Carb Snacks On the Go

Low Carb Snacks On the Go

Diet, Travel
We all know we work hard to maintain our ketogenic lifestyles while we are at home. So why not continue that habit when we travel? Sure it takes a little extra effort, but we do keto for the amazing health benefits, and we want to feel good and enjoy the trip whether it’s for work or pleasure. So here are some quick and dirty tips for keto travel if you are feeling uninspired! Remember not everyone has the same restrictions or macro goals so check the label before you pack!Low carb road trip snacksLow carb road trip snacks with a coolerKeto airplane snacksLow carb non refrigerated snacksLow carb snacks to buy at the grocery storeLow carb snacks that require preparationKeto product recommendationsKeto travel tips Low Carb Road Trip Snacks Beef JerkyNut…
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Myanmar Visa Application

Myanmar Visa Application

Travel
If you are planning to visit Myanmar, it is likely you will need a tourist visa, or Myanmar Social Visa in order to enter the country. Do I need a Myanmar Visa? Don’t get confused by the conflicting information on the internet about this issue. If you are entering the country, you likely need to apply for a visa before you arrive no matter how short your stay. Although [caption id="attachment_752" align="alignright" width="300"] Image by Pexels on Pixabay[/caption] technically they will stamp the visa in your passport at immigration when you arrive, this eVisa processing is required before entering the country. Please do not ignore this as you can be denied entry and required to fly back to wherever you came from. Myanmar Visa from an Embassy You can apply…
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Tips for Traveling With Narcolepsy

Tips for Traveling With Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy, Travel
Don't Travel Tired Do you worry about traveling with narcolepsy? Traveling tired can be dangerous. I feel like I am a smart traveler and pay attention to my surroundings. But once the sleep starts creeping in its easy to start letting my guard down and focus on staying upright.  (more…)
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Dong Xuan Night Market, Hanoi

Dong Xuan Night Market, Hanoi

Personal Story, Travel
Dong Xuan Night Market was high on my list since visiting markets is one of my favorite things to do when I travel.  Of course I also like to browse grocery stores looking for new and interesting keto friendly foods, but nothing has the same ambiance as a local market.  Hanoi didn’t disappoint! The Dong Xuan Night Market opens at 19:00 (7:00 PM) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and is frequented by both locals and tourists alike. Cultural Experience at the Dong Xuan Night Market  The Dong Xuan night market runs all along Hang Dao Street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and ends near the entrance of the Dong Xuan Market building.  Near the front of the building, there was a stage with performances of local music.  Both tourists…
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