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Hospitality and the International Table

I’ve had the privilege of welcoming friends from a dozen or so different countries to my table. Not all at once, of course, but frequently there’s a mix of cultures reflected in the faces gathered for that oldest of traditions—breaking bread together. (Or slurping soup. Munching salad. Sharing stir-fry. Devouring muffins.) I love the way the blend … Read more…

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10 Lessons I’ve Learned From Raising TCKs

Over the past eleven years of raising kids in China, my husband and I have learned a whole lot about what it’s like to bring up children in a country other than our own. Some of this knowledge was passed down from educational experts or families with many years of experience. Some we’ve learned from … Read more…

Our Actions Speak Louder Than Our Hashtags | TakingRoute.net

Our Actions Speak Louder Than Our Hashtags

I know how it feels when it hits you. You open up your Facebook feed, your Twitter homepage or your CNN app. Something else went wrong today. Terribly wrong. There’s another massacre, another senseless killing, another injustice, another seemingly-unquenchable evil entity rising in governments all around the world. For some of you, it’s not just … Read more…

Raising Little Travelers

Raising Little Travelers (and one reason you may not want to)

Our oldest two children have each spent time in almost 20 different countries. They’re five and three. And granted, they’re still young, so I don’t know what kind of travelers they’ll be as teenagers. But I can tell you that the seeds of wanderlust and adventure-love have been sown. We’re back stateside for the next … Read more…

Transitionitis | TakingRoute.net

Transitionitis: Also known as Happy and Sad Syndrome (HASS)

Written in jest (but only partly)… ABOUT Transitionitis/HASS is a very common ailment affecting hundreds of travellers each year. It is caused by the change in routine brought on by transition, and anxieties (often underlying) relating to the unknowns of the new location and losses associated with leaving the current location. SYMPTOMS Symptoms include –wildly … Read more…