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All Aboard!

In our original plan, Nate and I would stay in Germany for a year or so, learn the language, learn about our roots, and do whatever else we wanted in our spare time. However, within a week of my arrival and after realizing just how tricky it might be to […]

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What’s in a Name?

The Gishbaughers are a dying breed; at least that’s the story my brothers and I have been told countless times with the same earnestness reserved for camp-fire ghost stories. My brothers got the worst of it; tales of caution that if they didn’t have boys to carry on the family […]

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How to be (F)UN-employed

Nate sent me an article touting that the most popular blogs are How to blogs. Always wanting to please my audience, I thought I’d give it a shot and talk about how to be (f)unemployed. To clarify, if you want to know the nitty gritty of getting oneself to a […]

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You are here

Home is going to be a fluid concept for the next year or so. Nate and I have a pretty solid list of countries we want to see while we have the time, but Augsburg will, for all intents and purposes, be the place we hang our hat and unpack […]

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…Continued

Fisch auf dem Trockenen…I came across this German idiom on the first day that I cracked open my German for Dummies book (Thanks, Sierra!). It’s the German equivalent to our American Fish out of water, and as the near-title to my old blog, I chalked it up as one of […]

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A Little Gish Back in a Big Pond

Writing a final blog can be intimidating. That’s perhaps the reason why it’s been exactly a month since coming home, and I still have yet to post anything. There is pressure to have something really wise to say and future plans to parade. Every time I think I’ll sit down […]

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You’re speCIAl

I’ve lived for three years in Indonesia with an inflated sense of coolness. When people hear that I work with police, they tend to make their own assumptions about what I “really” do. These assumptions usually work to my benefit. For example, the ojek (motorbike taxis) drivers next to my […]

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Call me Gishboger: Tales from the High Sea

Call me Gisboger. A hardened sailor, I am not. I’m pretty much afraid of everything that lies just below the water’s surface. Coral, jellyfish, sting rays, plastic bags, half-decayed bodies like in the book Hatchet, etc. Here in the land of 17,000 islands, I find myself constantly begging forgiveness for […]

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Dem Bones

For two and a half years, I’ve had Tana Toraja on my list of ‘must sees’ before leaving Indonesia. Every time I heard mention of this village in central Sulawesi, the descriptions always played out like a National Geographic special. The place is well known for its manic funeral ceremonies […]

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Blessed Life: Buddhist Edition

If you’ve ever asked yourself –  Just what is the nectar of the gods? – you’ve come to the right blog. The answer is…wait, what am I doing? If I just tell you, you might not read the rest of the blog. Well, smartypants, I’m not going to tell you […]

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