Transitionitis: Also known as Happy and Sad Syndrome (HASS)

Written in jest (but only partly)… ABOUT Transitionitis/HASS is a very common ailment affecting hundreds of travellers each year. It is caused by the change in routine brought on by transition, and anxieties (often underlying) relating to the unknowns of the new location and losses associated with leaving the current location. SYMPTOMS Symptoms include –wildly … 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…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Trimming the Tree with Small Children

Thanksgiving has come and gone; our bellies are full and our joy is abundant.  With the entrance of snow and freezing temps (not for us but maybe for you) comes the magical time of the year known as Christmas.  Expectations are high for both children and adults.  It is a special time overflowing with family traditions … Read more…

Tip #30: Know when to DUCK

I remember a conversation we had with a colleague, Yoda, right before we moved.  His nickname comes from his bald head, large ears and shortish stature.   My husband was ragging on him for obvious reasons when Yoda made this statement, “Think of me when you are riding on Asian public transportation.”  My hubby laughed and … Read more…

Tip #26: Always Keep a Frisbee Handy

When moving to a foreign country, there will be a season of adjustment. Culture, language, driving, everything will be a shock to the system. And most people know that the food will be different and take a little while to get used to. I found that when I first moved to my host country that … Read more…