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One thing I’ve learned in 20 years of travel is that we live in a world of infinite variety. No two countries are alike and you can spend years in a place and still barely scratch the surface of its culture. That being said I will attempt in this blog to share some of the insights and observations that I’ve picked up on the road. I write for fun. I love words and I get a kick out of crafting sentences and describing the world around me. Hopefully some readers will find my writings informative and maybe even entertaining.

So, what are my travel credentials? How did I come into this nomadic lifestyle? Well, let’s get down to brass tacks.

I’ve been travelling the world since I was six years old, the age at which my parents decided to head for the Far East without looking back. We endured a few brutally cold winters in northeast China back in the 1990’s, when Occidental people held an almost mythological status in that part of the world. Whenever we ventured outdoors we got heads turning. In the local vegetable market strangers would pinch our skin and run their fingers through our hair to see what we were made of.

All this attention was flattering to begin with but pretty soon privacy and anonymity became luxuries which I craved. So it was something of a relief when my parents sent my brother and I away to boarding school in the highland jungles of Malaysia and then to Thailand and finally to a hill station in India, all former colonies where the local people were more accustomed to the sight of foreigners.

Thus began an education which encompassed a large chunk of Asia. From the ages of 8 to 18 I never spent a full year in one country. I never hung around in one spot long enough to see the seasons change.

All this has left me with ‘itchy feet syndrome’. I cannot fully integrate into my home culture. I find an immobile life intolerable; claustrophobic. I can’t comfortably sit at home knowing that somewhere far away the shola forests of the Nilgiri valleys are rippling in an afternoon breeze; pan-chewing Dhobi women are thrashing clothes in a murky river, their bright saris billowing in the current; sampans are jostling for harbour space in front of the jagged Hong Kong skyline; buffaloes are wading through a dawn-purpled paddy field; rickshaw drivers are sitting on some roadside smoking beedis and swigging from unlabelled bottles; Toda farmers are keeping vigil over their fields against foraging wild boars; naked holy men are dancing on hot coals at a mountain shrine beneath a night thick with stars and incense.

When I was younger I drove myself half crazy trying to understand the world. I’ve since realized that nothing really makes sense and you can never get to the core of human existence. I have learned to stand back and admire the glories of creation; to embrace the mystery of it all.

吴诺杉

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21 comments

  1. mrghuxley · · Reply

    Some great stories on here and, hopefully, many more to come. Followed!

    1. cheers mate! much appreciated

  2. Wow. What a wonderfully amazing life. I understand the claustrophobic feeling. I grew up in one small town but left home at 18 and have hardly looked back. Three years ago I moved to Asia, traveled and saw things I’d never seen, nor imagined I would ever see. It made me realize that, the more you see, the more there is to see. I’m back home now, but itching for a life abroad. Excited to have found your site. Amazing pictures. Following.

    1. Thanks Jessica. Good on you for taking the leap into the unknown at age 18. If I had not been born into a traveling family I don’t think I would have had the guts to go and live in a foreign country at that age. I’m grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had to visit and live in different countries. I certainly think that travel is the best kind of education.

  3. I agree with that—that travel is the best kind of education. I learned so much in Asia, and still have so much more to learn! But I didn’t mean to say I was 18 when I went abroad. Forgive me for being unclear. I was 18 when I moved across the country for college. I was 25 when I went to Taiwan. Congrats on being freshly pressed. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  4. WordPress is brimming with travel blogs, blogs filled with foreign landscapes and architecture. Your blog brings out the fun aspect of travel, the experience, the people and the adventures. Your narrative style is engaging and photographs, more of a travel album than a brochure which I find highly pleasing.

    1. Thanks for the kind comment. I try to describe the characters and places as faithfully as I can, so your words are very encouraging 🙂

  5. “itchy feet syndrome” is so familiar! I’ve never been to Asia but after living in two different continents and three countries, I feel the same. But your story is even more impressive!

    1. Cool, which countries did you live in?

      1. Hey, nothing impressive as you. But every time I packed up my whole life with me and I thought that this was IT. But then years went by and I found myself moving again. Life is too unpredictable.

        When I was young, I run away to the US and then many years later I picked up my things and decided to move to Sweden. I knew nothing about it except that it had free education and I said fukc it. I am sick of paying these sky high tuition in the US! LOL And now the job led me to Luxembourg and I am sure it is not for too long.

  6. So, I read a few of your blogs, and when I came around to your profile, finally, I realized that we share a past geographical location in Brinchang. Great to read the musings of a fellow TCK, and Chefoosian, Cheers!

    1. Hi Corrie! Fancy meeting you here 🙂 Did you just randomly stumble upon my blog?

      1. Fancy, indeed! Well, if a word search for TCK and wordpress counts as a stumble, then yes. Enjoying your work so far, and probably comments shall follow, write on! I just started myself and love it!

  7. When you start… better never look back! Unless you’re readdy to loose “one heartbeat”… I’m interested… and follow you…

    http://annwynsecret.wordpress.com

    1. Thanks. Glad to have you on board 🙂

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    1. Not authorized but I can easily answer Q No.1.
      “1. What is the first thing you do in the morning?”
      He brushes his teeth 😐

  9. Beautiful blog, beautiful pictures, beautiful life, yours! Thanks for sharing all of this!

    1. Thanks for the kind comment. Love the work on your site too 🙂

  10. Lovely blog. Am gonna spend some quality time here. Plenty to read so just figuring out a way to get the posts I like into my Pocket account.
    Checked your Twitter and stumbled upon a good post (otherwise very few activity there though) of a YouTube by RenegadeEconomist. I am a big fan but I had missed that

    Read in a comment by you that you went to Hebron, Ooty.
    Is that the one perched right next to that lake at the far end?
    And was it a long back (more than or less than a decade)?

    1. Thanks. I was in Hebron exactly 10 years ago this year. It’s located in the botanical gardens in Ooty. Do you know anyone who went there?

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