A life most different
UPDATE August 2014
I have been living in Seoul, Korea for over a year now. It has been quite the ride. My wife and son have made the adjustment and we get on with the daily grinds of life. The best part about being here is the nearness of so many other cool places to travel. We went to Thailand (Phuket) for Spring Break this year and are going to Tokyo next month during Chuesok (Korean Thanksgiving). After that we may go to Bali for Christmas and most likely will go to China next year.
I work for a large international contractor and have for a number of years. This has allowed me to travel the world for both business and pleasure. I try and combine both at times too.
I have lived in several countries as a child and as an adult. Mt father was also a contractor and I followed in his footsteps. It is not a lifestyle for everyone and we are a vagabond sort of group that does this kind of work. You never really have a home, you just jump from place to place.
I write from an American perspective. I do not ask everyone to agree with everything I say but these are my personal reflections on places I have been. I also have a macabre sense of humor and find some things funny that others do not. I don't ask you to have the same sense of humor as me but try to understand that I try to find some humor in everything. Life is too dog gone short to be serious all the time.
I took the name American Tourister because it says so much. I am American, not German-American or English-American like some of my relatives call themselves. I am simply American. I love being a tourist. I am not one of those guys who "goes native" when he visits some place and acts so nonchalant. I actually go "ooohhh" and "aahhh" when I see something wonderful or when I see something I have only read about or seen in photos. I love tourist attractions, museums, and guided tours. American Tourister is a brand name of luggage. It is tough and simple. It takes a beating and lasts. That is me, not so tough, but I have simple tastes and simple pleasures. I think there is nothing better than family and friends. The best days of my life are simple ones.
My understanding is that VT is for people to share information and opinions on places, not to try and please everyone all of the time. I am sorry if anyone is offended but I am honest in my impressions. I am an iconoclast, a dreamer, a trouble shooter, a wanderer and a family man all at once.
The greatest joys in my life are my wife, son, and dogs. Even though I love what I do for a living, they sacrifice for it. My wife is the best!