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Human Ingredients is an online project that seeks to answer the question: how can we learn from those people, places, and ideas that are different from us?

After finishing my studies in the US, I realized two things: 1) not everything in life can be learned in a university, and 2) so much of our relationships depend on our ability to communicate through languages, cultures, and creative expressions. This blog became an online space where I could practice communicating and reflecting on my daily experiences as a human being and self-directed learner.

Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to live and work in different communities around the world. I frequently write about language learning, intercultural communication, and cultural adaptation (or my embarrassing lack thereof), and I hope that some of my content can be helpful for you on your own journey. You can discover all these different ingredients of my writing on the resources page.

Thank you again for joining me on this adventure! And if you’d like to stay connected or reach out, send me a message at michael@humaningredients.com or subscribe to my social media. and monthly newsletter.

Safe travels,


Don’t surrender your loneliness
So quickly.
Let it cut more deep.

Let it ferment and season you
As few human or even
Divine ingredients can.

Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft
My voice
So tender,

My need of God



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