Hey there! I’m Natasha

I’m a twenty-something self-proclaimed foodie from the United States living my life as an expat abroad in Japan.

When I was in university, I always knew that I wanted more than the confines of my hometown. I knew there was a whole world out there to explore and understand. I’ve studied Japanese for about half of my life and I’ve wanted to give up on the language many times, but it opened a larger world to me than I would’ve know had I not studied it. When I first decided to study abroad, the things that kept me excited about going abroad the most were reading blogs and watching videos about the places I could go.

Fun Facts:

1. I dance…a lot. I try to dance in every country I visit , but my passion is Latin dance.

2. I bake (and then try to get my friends to eat what I bake).

3. I speak Japanese (and, a little Korean).

4. I love the color blue, but I’ve made a great effort to add different colors to my style!

5. My true dream is to be a diplomat. I’m currently weighing my options on this, but diplomacy and foreign policy is my top passion.

My Story

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Virgina, USA. I lived life largely within that small world, never getting a passport and only being able to say that I was kind of well-traveled around the Eastern US. But, when I was a kid, a video game started it all. At 13, I decided that I was going to study Japanese, and it’s safe to say that the decision changed the course of my life.

Fast forward a few years, and as a naive and wide-eyed 20 year-old, I finally got the chance to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan. I launched my first blog, Capture Adventure, in 2015 to chronicle my study abroad experience at Sophia University and later on in Switzerland at the University of Fribourg.

My first dabble into travel blogging was short of…a disaster, but a year later, with a university degree under my belt, I rebooted the blog so that I could chronicle the next big stage in my life as an English language teacher with the JET Program in Fukui, Japan.

I’m by no means a “professional traveler” or a “digital nomad,” but I am someone who likes to see the world on her vacations and dream about the next destination until she gets the next set of seven days off! As a part-time traveler and a full-time “salary woman,” my travels tend to be short (a week or so) and budget-friendly or affordable, but I’ve found some of my best stories happen that way. 

"I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul."
William Ernest Henley

I tend to write the most about Japan as I live there (…here? where? over there…), but when I’m not sweating my hair into a big curly bird’s nest in the heat of Japanese summer with a bunch of junior high schoolers or in a compact office laboring over translations, I’m writing about some far-off destination for my next post, or traveling on a cramped budget airplane to God-knows-where.

I started Away From Origin to share my experiences, travels and interactions as experienced and told by me. Maybe someone out there will stumble on my little corner of the internet and find something that inspires them.

I hope Away From Origin inspires you to get out there and experience the world!

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Safe Travels,

Natasha

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