todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful
for the blessed life I've had. I don't write too often about my travels, but I was so lucky for many, many years. My job in the oil & gas industry afforded me the opportunity to work and live in many countries and cultures. From 1988 until 2002 I worked in about 28 countries, many of them for 4 months or longer. This nomadic type of life gave me the chance to get to know the local populations and experience life as they know it. Granted, I was often considered as the rich white man (because I had the money to drink every day and eat at restaurants every day), but I did my best to blend in.
These countries included such wonderful places as Senegal, Nigeria and Mauritania in West Africa. I got to spend time in Egypt and Morocco for several long stretches of time. Namibia and South Africa were 2 of my favorite places to be. Of course, I got to work in many of the European countries. I was based from the UK for years. Mexico, Trinidad and Brasil were also places I lived.
Today, I live in Houston, Texas and am happy to stay home these days.
And Houston is a fantastic place to stay sober. Just like anywhere else.
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust