When Dreams and Reality Don’t Add Up

We first arrived in Southeast Asia five months after the destructive tsunami of 2004. My husband was leading our family on an adventure and I was excited about it. We were going to live on a base camp with our children and receive volunteers who were flooding into the affected areas. These volunteers were going … Read more…

Tip #29: Take a “stay-cation”

As we draw near to the end of this series, it’s clear to see that lots of learning takes place once you move overseas. Around every turn there’s a learning opportunity to be had. Whether we’re learning language, manners, how to get around the city, the proper way to host a guest, or how to … Read more…

Tip #13: When in doubt, think literally

Friends, it’s time to face the toilet topic. I have no doubt that each of you have your own array of bathroom stories, whether you live overseas, have travelled abroad, or have just happened upon a sketchy rest stop in good ol’ USA. When you gotta go . . . you gotta go. Before I … Read more…

Tip #6: Always turn on the light when going to the bathroom at night

When we first arrived in language school in our new country, I was in the habit of going to the bathroom in the dark if it was the middle of the night. If I turned on the light I would become too awake and not be able to go back to sleep. I especially needed … Read more…