R.I.P. Living Abroad: January 31, 2006 – May 01, 2013

More friends in Mexico

“A person can run for years but sooner or later he has to take a stand in the place which, for better or worse, he calls home, and do what he can to change things there.” – Paule Marshall

 

I’ve lived in four different countries in the past seven years. Really five, if you count the short stints I returned to the United States. That would be Costa Rica, Mexico, China, and Ghana. 

But as I’ve had some time to reflect from returning home this past May to the start of grad school in just a little over two weeks, I’ve come to the realization that I probably won’t live abroad anymore.

Friends in Costa Rica

Friends in Costa Rica

Don’t get me wrong, living abroad has provided me with challenges that I would’ve otherwise not have known had I been in the US for the past seven years.

The reason I’ve decided to not live abroad is that one of the lessons I learned  is home no longer becomes a geographic place; it becomes the people who care about you and vice versa. And I realize the people who care about me the most are in the United States.

(I will go back abroad on the condition that I will find the man of my dreams who wants to travel the world with me. Any day now. Any day now…)

This is a blog post that could’ve gone in a moleskin somewhere, but the reason I’m putting it here is that as I transition, this blog will transition as well. The fact is, this will no longer be a travel blog.

More friends in Mexico

More friends in Mexico… I promise you I have women friends as well.

But I guess it really never was.

I’ve never really been any good at suggesting what to do on a one week itinerary. And I can’t recommend the “hottest” beaches, clubs, or restaurants. I can tell you how to get a job in a region, or how you’ll be treated as an expat, a Black person, a woman, etc. Or what NOT to say to get kicked out of a stall in the Silk Market in Beijing…

(I still can’t believe my Mom managed to do that.)

The Great Wall

Black Girl in China Problems. All smiles here though

I believed in slow travel even before it became trendy. Slow travel is the idea of spending a period of time in one place connecting to the local culture, as opposed to emphasizing seeing as many tourists sights on one vacation. I take slow to the next level. I don’t just immerse myself for a week in Turkey. I live in Mexico for two years, lol.

Lately when people ask what my blog is about, I say ‘art, culture, and travel in the Diaspora,’ or ‘highlighting travel in Africa and the Diaspora.’ But I’ll have to de-emphasize the travel.

The focus of highlighting the global Black experience will still be present. However, I’ll be doing some experimenting with what aspect I want to cover. Art and culture? History? Identity? The Diaspora in New York? Social Justice?  I’m not sure, but the storytelling skills that I will begin to take on in grad school will give me the tools needed to be a better documentarian. Through trial-and error, I’ll become more refined at identifying the stories that resonate the most.

Anomabo Beach, Ghana

Somewhere in Anomabo, Ghana. Even before I thought about going to journalism school I enjoyed recording what I saw.

I will still be traveling. And highlighting relevant information on the site. I already have my sights on going to Puerto Rico at the end of the year, and I can’t wait to see for myself what’s going on there as far as Black history and culture. And I have a required journalism internship next summer that I’m pretty sure I’ll want to complete it abroad. Maybe back to West Africa. Maybe Brazil. Maybe Eastern Europe. I also still have a goal of visiting all nations in Africa (55 or upward, depending who you ask).

I look forward in challenging myself in new ways of storytelling and learning about the global Black experience. This transition is something like a breakthrough for me. I hope you’re up for the challenge as well.


 

 

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5 Responses to “R.I.P. Living Abroad: January 31, 2006 – May 01, 2013”

  1. AbbanBudu says:

    Scott, Ghana will be your destination right? You may probably get the man of your dreams here, and you know Ghanaian men right…:D, but hey, am happy for you. All the best with everything. Come back to Gh soon :(

    • Roxanne L. Scott says:

      Thanks Terry! I’ll be sure to visit. You’ll have to update me on the next BlogCamp and other happenings in Ghana.

  2. Efo Dela says:

    Hopefully, i get to travel around soon. Maybe then i will appreciate home more. Not that i don’t appreciate Ghana but it’s easy to take it for granted when i’ve lived here all my life.

    I wish u all the best

    • Roxanne L. Scott says:

      Thanks Efo. I highly recommend travel as you can see. And you don’t have to go far. What’s lovely about Ghana is that it’s not geographically isolated. You can start by not going TOO far away. Nothing made me appreciate my time in Ghana more than when I visited Togo and Benin, for example.

      Despite it being perfect, I really do appreciate the United States more. I wonder if your sister appreciates Ghana more after living in China for so long…

      Let me know if you do ever travel anywhere.

  3. Marcia says:

    Congrats on grad school, Roxanne.
    Fabulous move! Hope to catch up with you in person one of these days.

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