Where are you from? At the risk of sounding pretentious, this has been a rather complicated question lately. Currently, I have two two residences in opposite hemispheres, on opposite sides of the International Date Line, in totally different settings. My wife has a job in Bangkok with summers off, and I work summers in Alaska, so for the time being we are working on different continents, living a strange dual life with one home in remote Glacier Bay National Park and the other in a bustling, chaotic, metropolis.
Last week I returned to Thailand where I’ll be for the next seven months. Here is a look at what I’m trading for the time being.
Alaska → Bangkok
1 person per sq. mile → 6450 people per sq. kilometer
Into the Wild → The Beach
Trump → Junta
Super PACS → Coups
Conference Calls → Unemployment
Being the breadwinner → Being a kept man
Drizzle → Monsoon
Summer Solstice → Full Moon Party
Amazon.com → Night markets
Sunsets that last forever → Smog choked sky
Employee dining room → Street food
Xtra Tuffs → Chacos
Bears → Soi Cats
Stocking Caps → Swimsuits
Vitamin D deficiency → Melanoma
Trampled by moose → Run over by Tuk Tuk
Cruise Ships → Khao San Road
Sheeple → Backpackers
Using the heater in summer → Running the A/C always
Netflix → Pirated DVDs
Northern Lights → Red Light Districts
Full bodied craft beer → Watered down Chang
Drive thru espresso → Mobile Nescafe carts
Weekend trips to Juneau → Weekend trips to Krabi
Which place would you prefer to live?
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