The Wrong Impression

He took out his phone and checked the time. It was 15-minutes after they’d agreed to meet and since he’d arrived 10 minutes early it had been close to half an hour sitting alone waiting for her to arrive. His friends always said never to wait more than 10 minutes because after that you’d start…

The Universal Language

“Entiendes?” I asked, trying to see if I’d been understood. I’d just finished a slow and careful monologue of broken Spanish in an attempt to explain why and how my patient needed to do a particular exercise. It was difficult, but I’m proud to say we got there. She asked a few clarifying questions that…

The Long Way to the Top

I was starting to think I’d overdressed. We’d set off a little later than intended and the sun sat high in the sky and reflected off the snow stretched all around us. Drops of sweat were starting to pool under my ski jacket so I stripped down to just a t-shirt, and put the jacket,…

You Cancel you Flight

The departure board was enormous and it took me forever to find my flight. When I did I wasn’t impressed. Flight JK541 to Jakarta, Indonesia flashed up cancelled in bright red letters on the screen. Nice of them to tell me in advance. I was alone in Bangkok International Airport an hour after saying goodbye…

The Bittersweet of Leaving

I almost made it through the goodbyes without crying, but there were just too many of us and too much to say. One of my oldest friends had married the love of his life the day before during a ceremony in Bali, and a group of our friends that had grown up together were staying…

Digging out of a Hole (part 2 of 2)

Work the next day helped keep my mind off the sleepless night, but a few shifts later I came home to my roommate with tools set out on his bed ready to cook up. I tried to chat with him and pretend I was unfazed, but it was obvious I was intruding. I left and…

Digging into a hole (Part 1 of 2)

I peeled open the envelope with nervous hands and fumbled over the letter to read. It had been a long time coming and as I read the words of acceptance my heart swelled with pride. It was only a carpentry apprenticeship, but when you’re 16 these kinds of things take up your entire world. Our…