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first post/introduction

Hello! I’m Chris Johnston and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. While I’ve already had the great opportunity to explore unique parts of the world, having lived in a rather isolated part of the country my whole life, I’ve been sheltered from many other realities. Additionally, most – if not all – of my experiences in travel have been as a tourist; I’ve rarely had genuine chances to build interpersonal relationships with people dissimilar to myself. This upcoming year will surely prove to be different from anything in my past. I am excited, I am anxious, I am hopeful, I am sad… I’d reckon I feel about all the emotions that I would expect to accompany the end of one story and the beginning of another.

Some crazy story we’re about to begin writing though. It’s almost unbelievable.


I am also intrigued – as I often am – to learn what it means to be an African American in a land so barren of many such individuals. I hope to be a positive representative of people like me for all those who I encounter. In attempting to do so, I hope that I will stumble upon lessons and truths that will teach me how to be an even better representative in the future. Perhaps, in leaving a sphere in which being African American is not particularly unique, I can learn more about what it means to be so.

Or something like that, if it made any sense at all.


As far as my interests go, I love most things music. That hasn’t always been the case – had it been, I’d likely be trying to play in some conservatory about now. When I was young, and playing piano, I had some lessons but no discipline. Now I have some discipline (still a limited amount, the past is hard to shake entirely) and no lessons. Not the greatest combinations there. I also enjoy a good busk around with the guitar. Always a good escape.


thanks for reading all that, I hope it wasn’t too long or anything 👍