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Embracing the New Rhythms of the Expat Life

I don’t know about you, but for me the mention of any particular month of the year immediately brings pictures, feelings, memories and smells to mind. Having grown up in the Northern Hemisphere, whenever I hear the word March, I see bright yellow daffodils, feel the relief of sunnier days and the excitement of the […]

Sorry, Stephen Colbert, but I am America

It happens pretty frequently. I’ll be in a taxi (or restaurant, market, bus…) and the driver (or owner, vendor, fellow passenger…) will ask me where I’m from. I’ll answer, and, if they’re the curious type, they will launch into questions about my home country. Much of the time, it’s “Basic Geography and Culture for $100, […]

Culture Change, Identity Shift

Two weeks ago I got my hair cut. Not trimmed, but cut. Probably eight inches or so, into a totally new style. I warned the stylist ahead of time that I might get emotional. “I have all these pregnancy hormones, and you can never tell what will make me cry,” I told her.  She saw right through […]

A Giveaway and A Free Resource: Looming Transitions

This Giveaway is Closed.  Thanks for Participating! Something us expats are always doing, transitioning.  Whether to our “host” country, “home” country or somewhere in between, transition is inevitable.  Check out this awesome resource and enter to receive one of the three free ones we are offering!  Also, don’t forget to get your free guide to […]

When Fear Almost Killed Me

“Alina? Are you ok?” Over the sound of the wind, my consciousness drained.   I heard my husband calling, “Alina? Are you ok? Do I need to pull over?” I never answered back.  He decelerated his motorbike and parked in a safe place.   I stumbled off of the bike and put my head between my […]

The “Suffering” Expat

We all know the One-Upper, right? The person who always owns something a little better, did something a little more interesting, knows about something a little more in-depth than you do. Those one-uppers know how to bring a good conversation to a screeching halt. You just can’t compete. They win, they always do…  How about […]

Thriving Abroad: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

It’s all too easy to fall into the Complaining Foreigner trap. Living in another culture pits you straight against stuff that is going to rub you the wrong way. After a while, the irritations can become all you think and talk about. (Actually, you’re probably also thinking and talking about everything that suddenly seems so […]