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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 I never imagined studying abroad for an entire 16 months. It was the greatest leap of faith I've taken in life to travel to a distant land with no job lined up, no place, no connections. Yet as I got through each day things started to fall into place and I adjusted to my new normal. My focus was to complete my program and I never lost sight of that goal.

While I was working toward degree completion, I've had the most amazing experiences a globetrotter could ask for; from trying all sorts of international dishes to landing a voice acting gig for a children's publication to witnessing the Bangkok political protests up close and personal. All of my encounters have created the person I am now as I am constantly evolving. Traveling will do that for you and that's why I love it. I am definitely not the same person I was when I stepped onto Thai soil.

An equally trying and rewarding journey, it was so hard for me to part with the people and the place I've called home for nearly a year and a half. Heartstrings that are sincerely linked to the beauty and bond of friendship do not easily take well to the thought of leaving the ones who made such a deep impression on your life. No matter how much technology advances, it can and will never replace the substance of being in someone's physical presence. Plain and simple. That is not to say that I'm not grateful for it because it has done wonders for humanity.

Life is always changing, always. Transition is not easy for human nature but it keeps us moving forward on the path of progress as we strive to achieve our purposes. I know that I was born to travel and to be a difference maker in all the countries I've been blessed to traverse. Never ever will I forget the people, places and moments that have all impacted my life for the better. And so I say thank you Thailand! Thank you for an extraordinary grad school quest. Thanks~


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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."

3 thoughts on “Another Dream Fulfilled

  1. Profile photo of iluv2globetrot globetrotter

    Great job and congrats Charles! Very happy and proud of your accomplishment as a fellow GT ;-).


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