“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
Thanks for stopping by my little slice of the internet. For those who don’t know me, I am Pete, and I am a third culture kid. That is, as a child I grew up in a third culture; not my own Scandinavian culture, not the culture of the host countries that I lived in, but instead, the culture created by myself and the other international school kids that I grew up with.
Growing up in a third culture environment has subsequently shaped my studies, my career and my lifestyle. Fortunately it has done so in a good way, although at times it has been a real curse as well. For instance, I struggle to stay in one location for very long before I get bored and desperately need a scenery change. At the same time, I have no real national identity and my closest childhood friends are scattered all over the globe.
I set up this blog in order to share my adventures and my thoughts. I think I present a fairly unique perspective on things, including travel. I grew up in environments where I was constantly exposed to different cultures and languages, and had already been around the world multiple times by the age of five. I don’t travel for the purpose of seeing the sights, whilst still seeking some sort of familiarity with my home country (security blanket). I also don’t travel because I want to experience what it is like to be in a different culture. Instead, I travel because that is how I was raised, what I am used to, and I don’t know how to live any other way.
I also set up this blog because I like to write… actually “like” is a far too platonic term to describe it. I love to write. It was something I was good at even from an early age and I frequently had my work published in my school publications. During my academic years, I had several articles published in international journals and even had research that was presented at international seminars. I guess that was the start of my publishing career, but academic writing didn’t interest me the least bit. In fact, it was usually others that kept pushing me (and even jumped on as co-author) just to force me to get my work published.
Thanks to the emergence of ebooks and Amazon’s delivery system in particular, the opportunity to self-publish has not only become realistic, but in certain categories, the indie publishers are out-ranking the main publishing houses in terms of ebook sales. That’s kind of a dream come true for me, as it means I can publish what I want, when I want, and without the hassles and deadlines imposed by a publisher. It’s not that I am averse to deadlines, but writing is just a hobby. I still have a day job, and I am very unlikely to give that up because unless I became a Dan Brown or Stephen King, I would never be making the kind of income from writing that I make as a lawyer.
Anyway, I hope I have sufficiently piqued your interests and will see you reading following my blog. My objective is to publish something every two weeks and it will generally be travel related.