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Get After Grateful: The Expat Edition

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”If I lived here, it would be so hard to find something wrong with this place,” I announced to my husband as we walked through a beautiful grocery store in a neighboring country. I walked by all the the things I normally couldn’t find in our host country: pork, deli meat, bagels, Life cereal. And […]

Four Weddings and a Funeral

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I am named after my grandma Joy who passed away recently. I wasn’t there to say goodbye to her. I wasn’t at her funeral. And it was all so terribly wrong and unnatural. It was so wrong that I didn’t get to hold my grandma’s hand one last time. It was so wrong that I […]

We’re Going Through Transition, We’re Not Scared!

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Each and every year in Expatland, there’s spike in transitions right around June. When summer rolls around (at least in the northern hemisphere) it’s time for good-byes. Graduations, vacations, visits to passport countries, and permanent moves all add up to major changes. Whether you’re the one staying or the one leaving, you are in the […]

Beating Back Cultural Stress with Exploration

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Sometimes cultural differences are seen in the stark differences you notice as soon as you get off the plane. People that look different than you. The polluted sky. The crowded streets. The staring at your fair skin and light hair. Or maybe it is in the tasks of daily life that you feel it. The […]

What’s on Your 2017 Cultural Bucket List?

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When we first moved to Kunming a couple of years ago, I was rarin’ to get out and explore all that this new location had to offer. I wanted to visit ALL the parks, try ALL the local food, and find ALL the little hole-in-the-wall shops that are often key to life in China. Although […]