7 Tips for Traveling in Europe with Small Kids

Don’t miss Christie’s 6 part series “Moving Abroad!”   Our family spent the last year traveling throughout Europe. We lived in Slovakia, but over the course of our year there we took our two boys, ages four and two, to a total of 16 different European countries. (This doesn’t even take into account the number … Read more…

The Grace to be a Good Idiot

If you’re going to live in another country, it’s guaranteed that you are going to feel like an idiot at some point. We have all been there. (Some of us are there so often that we have annual passes.) Often, it’s what we say that makes us sound like idiots. We tell the clerk at … Read more…

An Expat Tale (of Taxis, Trains, and Turkeys)

Every expat has a desperate food story. On the one hand, expats are a flexible bunch when it comes to food. We are arguably the most adaptable people on the planet in this regard. We’ve all learned to substitute for ingredients we cannot get, like ricotta (scalded milk + vinegar and salt, let curdle) or … Read more…

6 Reasons Why My Adopted Child is Not Lucky

My husband and I finalized the adoption of our son at the end of August. In an amazing act of God, our adoption, from start to finish, took only 5 months. As residents of Tanzania, an adoption going that quick is pretty much unheard of. So, as you can imagine, when our adoption was finished, … Read more…

How Living Overseas Drained the Extrovert out of Me

Living overseas changes you, though not always in the ways you expect. For example, I knew that in order for me to adapt to life in China, my preference for advanced planning would need to be adjusted. I knew my time-orientation would need to shift towards event-orientation. I would probably even need to tone down … Read more…

9 Things to Consider When Choosing a Decompression Layover City

In this mini-series, I’ve introduced you to decompression layovers, and talked about how to plan one. As you look at airfares and travel routes, you may end up narrowing your choices down to two or three cities. How do you go about choosing which location will be best for your decompression layover? Here are nine … Read more…