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We never know where we end up in life. Sometimes you wander into a bar looking for a drink. Sometimes you stumble into a country on the other side of the world. The two events are different, but not unrelated. I grew up in Europe (Slovakia, to be more precise), lived most of my adult life in the United States, and, last year, married a Filipina. That’s not a trajectory that I could have predicted when I threw rocks into ditches as a 9-year old in Slovakia.
I’ve visited the Philippines a few times now as a westernized adult, and it is quite an interesting place. It is marketed as a tropical paradise to those with money, a view that is reinforced by looking at its 7,000 islands and marveling at the natural splendor. It has also been marked in the American consciousness as a piece of tropical hell, due to its important role in World War II’s Pacific Asian Theatre, as well as being the site of Francis Ford Coppola’s mad masterpiece Apocalypse Now. Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is neither paradise nor tropical hell: it’s a dense, huge metropolis with a proud and friendly populace. And so this piece brings me to my overall impression of Manila and general observations.
Oh, Canada! The first thing I think of when I imagine Canada is the vastness of it. It’s the second biggest country in the world by total area, behind only Russia. If you wanted to drive across the whole of Canada, it would take you 2 full weeks! I also think of hockey rinks, […]
Carpooling. Very popular in Europe, much like crappy burgers and fast trains. In the US? Not so much, which is surprising given that Americans drive more than anyone else in the world. Carpooling constitutes only 10% of all US commutes. Driving is so ingrained in American culture that people will go into a mall […]
We’ve all been there. Friday night dinner. Do we stay home and eat the leftover rice and chicken, or do we hop to the nearest Oliver Garden and partake in their unlimited soup and salad menu (that’s still a thing, right?), or do we try that new recipe from Martha Stewart (also still a thing, […]