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Author - Kristen Rossi

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It’s a Small World: Following Love from Hanoi to Aberystwyth

From Bangkok to Hanoi You may have heard of that Disney song, the one that plays to multi-cultural figures dancing about throughout the amusement ride of the same name: “It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all….” On November 3rd , 2014, an Indian living in the UK was on a business trip in Bangkok. An...

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Life Lessons Learnt in Asia: Holidays, Hollywood & Hospital

Holidays It was October 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand, and half-term break for the local Thai school in which I taught. I had been living in Bangkok for the past two years and loved October since half-term break meant I was off for a month! October is also prime mosquito season, but I never worried about it. I lived a privileged expat life, the landlord had exterminators...

Family Memories and Last Minute Plans: A Very Short Trip to Laos

Life Lessons Learnt in Asia Some of the highlights of living abroad are the memories made when family comes to visit. It was June 2012 and my sister Megan, her best friend Coco, and my youngest brother Richard were coming to visit me in Thailand. As their trip overlapped with my brother’s approaching 14th birthday we decided to make it extra special by adding a trip...

Life Lessons Learnt in Asia: Russians, Moet, and a Machete

When I sat down to write this next ‘lesson’ from my travels, a childhood story came to mind. As a teenager I used to read my youngest brother the book,“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, written by Laura Numeroff. The story starts: “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably...

Life Lessons Learnt in Asia: Macau Mania

Arriving in Macau Not knowing I needed to pay 6 MOP (yes ‘mop’) for keeping my bags in the trunk, I then found myself being thrown out of the taxi by a very angry, shouting Chinese driver. Shaken, I walked into the Conrad Cotai hotel where I had, an hour earlier, booked myself a room, unable to control my tears or even speak to the concierge. Twenty-four hours prior...

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Life Lessons Learnt in Asia: There’s No Place Like Home

Thoughts on the Internal Struggle of the Wanderlust My mother’s favourite movie is The Wizard of Oz and as a singer of the American song book I know the film’s music well. As a traveler the song lyrics “there’s a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby” always speaks to me. I am constantly searching to find that “land”. Recently I went home to visit my family in...