I'm a consultant and writer based in Jakarta, where I work for the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. If that sounds exciting, you're right. It is.
But the road that took me here was long and winding, and most of the time I didn't know where it was going. Along the way I picked up a wife, a couple of kids, and some great experiences in Asia and the former Soviet Union.
I've lived in many places, mostly ones that were turned upside down by economic upheaval, natural disasters, or conflict. Banda Aceh, which was devastated by the Asian Tsunami in 2004, tops the list. But I also loved Armenia and Georgia, and there's a part of me that will always be in Mongolia.
The assignment in Jakarta came out of the blue and makes a good story all by itself. I won't tell it now, but the fact is, I wanted it to happen and it did. All the pieces fell into place as if it were meant to be.
So now that I'm here, I think I'll stay a while.