Who I Am
Hi, I’m Ketti. Welcome to the Wilhelm Scream. I was supposed to be a journalist, but I really should have been a philosopher. So I’m a writer. Really, I try to be a bit of all three. And for as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by all kinds of travel. I’m up to around 40 countries and I’m not slowing down anytime soon!
I grew up in a small, mountain town in western Montana, in the U.S. I started this site when I moved to China, three years ago.
Why did I move?
Because after studying abroad in Spain and traveling all over Latin America in college, I graduated and suddenly got this panicky feeling that I would have to start staying home.
So I got a job teaching English, packed my bags, and stayed for a year. By the end, I had decided teaching in a classroom (while sometimes fun) was not really for me, and neither was China. But then on a weekend trip to Shanghai, I met an Italian man. After traveling the world together for a while, we moved to Milan (which is where I’m writing this from).
I moved with a couple of goals in mind: To learn my partner’s language and understand (as much as possible) his culture, while taking a bit of a break from my freelance writing career. So that’s what I’m doing.
What I Write
My writing interests are the travel, technology, and food industries, and how they affect travelers and locals, economies and the environment.
That means the whole world, how it moves, what it eats, and what happens when it does. Basically, it’s all fair game.
To name a few topics, I have written (either in magazines or on this blog) about creativity, sustainability, tattoo competitions in China, trains, living in a van in New Zealand, fancy drinking water, coffee in Costa Rica, people’s odd habits (including my own), and traveling around Europe on crutches.
What This Blog Is
This is sort of, but as I said at the start, not really a travel blog. I’m not here to tell you where to go, or what to do when you get there. This is where I write about the adventurous strangeness of living my full-time life very far from home.
Thanks for reading.
This site’s namesake, the original Wilhelm Scream, is this sound effect. It has been in the background of some of the most popular pieces of pop-culture for decades, and most people never even noticed it. But it was there, quietly making history.