Discoveries from the Diaspora

For the past 3 years I’ve been travelling almost continually, with no fixed home in any place.

Looking back, I’m totally overwhelmed by everything I’ve seen and all the people I’ve met. Encapsulating it all into a single post seems impossible, but I wanted to somehow express a sense of it. So, I present a few of the most useful, and not so useful, discoveries I’ve made along the way.

1. Cities where you can hear a pin drop.

Tokyo, July ’17

2. A friendly face if you look hard enough.

Friendly faces are everywhere
Seoul, June ’17

3. Signs, Part 1.

Signs are everywhere
Seoul, June ’17 / Tokyo, July ’17

4. Jaw dropping beauty.

São Bento Railway Station, Porto, Portugal, March ’17

5. The overwhelming hospitality of strangers.

From my Couch Surfing Host, Seoul, June ’17

6. The biggest smiles in the poorest places.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, September ’17

7. True belonging.

Practice run for the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival, Fukuoka, Japan, July ’17

8. Minimalism looks good in a photo but starts to suck in real life.

Hong Kong, May ’17

9. Roti Canai!

Kuala Lumpur, July ’17

10. A place for great Vietnamese coffee in Bangkok.

Bangkok, March ’17

11. Grand ambition.

Huangjueping Graffiti Street, the longest graffiti street in the world, Chongqing, China, February ’16

12. Journaling keeps me sane.

Bangkok, March ’17

13. The bliss of sitting in the back of a cafe, in a new city, just watching and absorbing.

Porto, Portugal March ’17

14. Color Full Bangkok

Bangkok, October ’17

15. Lisbon’s very own Sardine Museum.

Lisbon, March ’17

Yes, really.

Lisbon, March ’17

16. The agony of wearing barefoot shoes in Lisbon. The entire city has cobbled streets!

Lisbon, February ’17

17. Porto makes my heart sing.

Porto, March ’17

18. I miss playing the guitar.

Madrid, March ’17

19. The pain of revisiting the place of a first date.

Bangkok, April ’17

20. The absolutely amazing experience that is Couch Surfing.

Hong Kong, May ’17

21. I’m here to notice these things.

Various places ’15-’17

22. Not everywhere will welcome me with open arms.

Macau, May ’17

23. Taking candid photos is fun.

Taipei, June ’17

24. Getting caught isn’t.

Taipei, June ’17

25. A home might be kind of nice.

Berlin, January ’15

26. I am home.

Hong Kong, May ’17

27. Simplicity.

Penang Sunset
Batu Ferringhi,Penang, July ’17

28. Walking with Alan Watts.

Seoul, July ’15

29. Chocolate brownies in Amsterdam sometimes turn out to be just chocolate brownies.

Amsterdam, January ’15

30. Those who plan succeed.

Singapore, September ’15

31. I need to go back to Singapore.

Singapore, September ’15

32. The magic that is Teh Tarik.

George Town, Penang, March ’16

33. I can run but I can’t hide.

Belgrade, April ’16

34. Arriving is pure heaven.

Bologna, April ’16

35. Cities where you’ll never get wet.

Bologna, April ’17

36. Some like it cheesy.

Seoul, June 2017

37. Sketching on my iPad.

Sketch in George Town, Penang, Sep ’17

38. The importance of sharing my work.

Sketch of Venice
Grande Canal, Venice, April ’17

39. Things aren’t always what they seem.

Hoi An, Vietnam, July ’16

40. You’re never too old to write someone a love poem.

Hanoi, Vietnam June ’16

41. You ‘aint seen traffic ’till you’ve been to Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, June ’16

42. Ground-breaking modern art.

Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, Foshan, China, March ’17

43. The breath-taking splendour of Angkor Wat (even after a punishing 20 km cycle ride!).

Angkor Wat, Cambodia, July ’16

44. Ice-cream and bread go surprisingly well together.

Bangkok, September ’17

45. Some opportunities only come once.

Bangkok, December ’15

46. Morning appreciation.

Budapest, November ’15

47. Coffee and cake Moscow style.

Hotel Moscow, Belgrade, November ’16

48. Life in The Blocks.

New Belgrade, November ’16

49. Sometimes we need to hit bottom.

Seoul, June ’17

50. Some things make me want to shout.

Phnom Penh, September ’17

51. On Tuk Tuks in Phnom Penh…

Moments before someone jumped into my Tuk Tuk from the side of the road and tried to snatch my bag, Phnom Penh, October ’17

52. Thailand will never be the same.

Bangkok, October ’17

53. I’m in love with George Town.

George Town, Penang, ’15-’17

54. I’m never really alone.

55. Incredible technology.

Fukuoka, Japan, July ’17

56. 20 years on, the Tokyo subway system is even more confusing.

Tokyo, July ’17

57. Fuji can wait.

Tokyo, July ’17

58. Signs, Part 2.

Seoul, ’17

59. Peace with myself.

Tokyo, July ’17

60. The climb is always worth it.

View from Elephant Hill, Taipei, June ’17

61. Letting go.

Phnom Penh, August ’17

62. Eternal gratitude.

Bangkok, October ’17
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12 thoughts on “Discoveries from the Diaspora

  1. You just blasted my heart wide open and gifted so much joy! Seriously. I love Your observations and the way You are moving through Your life. It’s just beautiful. Thank You for sharing! Happy New Years, Cheers and Rock on!!! 🙂

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    1. Wow thank you so much, your kind comments have really made my day 😀 The energy and beauty of your artwork and words also uplift me and make my world a better place 🙂 Happy New Year to you as well!!

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      1. Wow! Thank YOU so much! You just did the same for me. Cheers!!! 😃😊

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  2. My absolute pleasure 😀 Please keep on doing everything you’re doing!


  3. I love your blog posts. This post is very interesting one full of pictures with appropriate captions. The way you observe & describe everything in this post is brilliant

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! Yeah I had a lot of fun writing it, going back into the details of those experiences and what I felt at the time. I love what you are doing too, pls keep up all your good work! Really appreciate you taking the time to read my stuff and for your feedback 🙂
      Stay well – Abraham


  4. Whoa!! My mind was blown already before #10, I don’t how I made it to #62!!!! What amazing, beautiful experiences! Priceless!

    Thank you for sharing, for taking us with you! I hope you always continue to!

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    1. I’m really so grateful and happy you enjoyed it!! And thanks for making it to 62! You win this month’s endurance award 🙂

      Yes I’ll keep taking you with me, at least until the money runs out 😛

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  5. 👍😄 If the money runs out I don’t see how your stories and art could ever run out! It will take more than a lifetime to look back on, talk about and explore even further! What dreams may come…

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    1. Yes you’re very right, thank you so much 🙂 You’ve actually hit upon something I’ve been feeling lately, that time to reflect on and digest my travelling is as important as the travelling itself. “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” – Stephen Sondheim

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  6. The nomadic life really is a vehicle for so many internal and external adventures. I too found Angkor Wat to be enthralling, despite the heavy crowds. Happy New Year and may your continued wanderings bring you wonder, kindness, and great desserts.

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    1. Thanks so much for reading 🙂 Yes you express the joy of nomadic life so well. Happy New Year to you too and hope your adventures are just as thrilling!


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