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12 Reasons My Home Will Never be Featured on HGTV

I like pretty things as much as the next gal.   I think I’ve good taste when it comes to paint colors and fabric patterns…not that you could tell from my house.   I scan Instagram and look at gorgeous homes…even the homes of other expats.  I don’t know what filter they’re using, but I […]

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Taking Route – a play-on-words which sums up the two major steps taken by all expats: taking a route to a new location and then settling down to take root. The second step is usually the most difficult step, especially when the feeling of loneliness is ever-present. That’s why we strive to provide a community […]

Loving Well Long Distance: Family Relationships

While our family waited at the gate to board our flight to Slovakia, my younger sister told me she thought she might be pregnant with her first (turns out, it was her first and second). My older sister told me via Skype a few months later that she, too, was pregnant. Over that year, both […]

Loving Well Long-Distance: The Romantic Relationship

There are so many new people to meet and things to learn (like a language…or even an alphabet…) when you move overseas, your relationships back home can start to slip. We’ve got a simple three-part guide for keeping those important long-distance relationships thriving during separation, focusing on significant others, family, and friends. First up: your […]

What’s on Your 2017 Cultural Bucket List?

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 […]

Tongue-Tied? Blame Your Affective Filter

I was out running errands and happened to pass by a pharmacy so I popped in to buy some band-aids. In little pharmacies in rural China, band-aids are the kind of thing that are kept behind the counter, so I approached the employees to ask them to get me some. The weirdest thing happened, though. […]

Is It Time to Go Home? (And How Do I Know?)

Last week while sitting at Starbucks unsuccessfully trying to connect to their internet, a thought came to me, “Is it time to go home?” It had been a particularly stressful day that started with heading to the airport at 6:20 am for a “quick” turn around trip to immigration on another island.  After explosive diarrhea […]

The Shelter of the Golden Arches

During college, a friend and I spent a summer learning to teach English as a foreign language in Prague. We hadn’t been to the Czech Republic before, nor did we speak the language. When we got off the plane, we met up with a student with limited English vocabulary to find our rental apartment. The three of […]