For the last 20+ years, I’ve lived a pretty safe life. I grew up by Lake Erie in a middle class family, swam on the local swim team, read a lot of books through the Pizza Hut Book It! program, and ate a lot of apple pie. There’s probably a few thousand other people out there with similar stories. Nothing too crazy.

Now I’m living in Albania. A country that, once upon a time, had no allies except China. A nation with more of its people living outside of its borders than within. A place where crossing the street or walking down the sidewalk is like one giant game of chicken, but where you can buy pomegranates or persimmons at nearly every corner. The roads are not all as nicely paved as the streets of northern Ohio, but the mountains sure are beautiful!

For the 2014-2015 school year, I’m teaching art and media classes at an international school in the capital city of Tirana, and just possibly also taking advantage of the incredible hot chocolate.


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