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Charles McKinney

Travel is not just what I do but it is who I am. When I first traveled abroad in high school as a foreign exchange student, little did I know that it would serve as the threshold of a lifetime interest in globetrotting. Now nearly 10 years later, I have lived in four countries and plan to do much more traveling in years to come. The world of teaching English has given me incredible opportunity to engage in cultural anthropology and I certainly can't get enough of the language learning process as a polyglot in the making.My personal website is currently under construction but I also maintain a micro-blog on facebook that enables me to share my insights and experiences with my ever-growing following. All in all, I am most proud to be known as a global citizen, a reference I accept with humility and honor. Blogging is rad! Many thanks (muchas gracias, feichang ganxie, grazie un millon, fala menogu) to KFTW for allowing me this platform to connect with the world and vice versa. St. Augustine said it best: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page."


See the World

Pastor Catherine Short is the independent owner and operator of See the World Travel Agency. I have known her for nearly two decades as she and her husband, Pastor...


Mediterranean Pen Pals

Yesterday I encountered the delight of receiving a response from my new penfriend contact in Turkey. A Turkish kindergarten class wrote me back after receiving my Mercy...


Samsara Film Contemplation

Samsara is a film I had never heard of or seen until I watched it in my graduate international communication class. This movie really incited the wanderlust in me and my...


24 Hours in Ayutthaya

Traveling alone to Thailand's ancient capital just one hour north of Bangkok was my first solo adventure trip outside the city since sojourning in what used to be...


Another Dream Fulfilled

I have closed the chapter on another part of my life: my graduate school career. It has been an incredible adventure pursuing my master's in Southeast Asia, a place...


Inhabiting the streets of Bangkok: Stray animals of the Soi

Imagine arriving in Thailand for the first time and in your first week here, you notice large numbers of dogs on the sidewalks and curbs, many of them wandering around...


Skyscraper Scenes

Whenever I travel I love visiting the tallest buildings in the world. Such was the case last summer when a friend and I went to Thailand's highest tower known as...


Where Mystery Meets Magic

Feel like I’m in the remotest place on earth surreal yet real Grasslands, horses, sunshine, pristine air… clear blue sky Authenticity of living as a Mongolian...


Flashback to Songkran 2013: Water Insanity

The three-day holiday is celebrated with a huge water festival in which foreigners and locals gather to splash each other with water through water gun fights, water...


The Las Vegas of Thailand

My indecisiveness tends to get the best of me sometimes. But thankfully it didn't work recently during my final spring break as a grad student when I was trying to...

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