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Almost three months ago I wrote about the challenges inherent in being a member of the Sandwich Generation, Expat Style. You know what I mean: being squeezed between children (of whatever age) and parents and elderly family members. Both groups may need you, albeit in very different ways. It happens to many most of us, and we […]

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I’ve been back in the United States for a week now, and I’m still adjusting. Daughter and I are here for an extended period visiting family, beginning to check out universities, attending a pre-college program (her) while I hole myself up to work on some writing projects, and so on. Oh, and eventually spending some […]

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Do you hear it? That siren song, mystically seeping into your conscious mind, drawing you closer with each lilting syllable. That’s Shanghai’s calling. Shanghai wants you. Yes, you. Actually, Shanghai Calling wants lots of us. They’re conducting an expat story contest, and the winner gets to travel to an upcoming international film festival. Recently I was […]

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The software on my website decided to be difficult, so I wasn’t able to add all the photos of Malta that I wanted to share. For the initial set, please check out Marvelous Malta. Here are the rest, enjoy. BTW, the sun’s come out here in The Hague so obviously the pictures have worked their […]

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Today has been overcast, cool with showers. Correction: make that cold. It’s June 6th and we’ve got the heat on again. There should be some law against requiring heat in the northern hemisphere after June 1st. I’m just saying. Anyway, it got me thinking of sunnier climes. Soon my thoughts turned to Malta. You may […]

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It’s been awhile since we last met up with Matt Krause, author of the amazingly beautiful A Tight Wide-Open Space: Falling in Love in a Muslim Land (Delridge Press: 2011), a book I wrote about in A Love Song for Turkey and Author Matt Krause on Writing. As long promised, I wanted to share with you Matt’s insightful thoughts […]

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When we think of crossing cultures, what immediately comes to mind? It might be art, music, theater, dance. Perhaps it’s religious differences or religious similarities, the minaret or the church steeple. For many it’s traveling far and wide, or immersing yourself in one place, one culture, for an extended period of time. It can be […]

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I’ve been a big fan of The Displaced Nation for quite some time now. How could I not, with a tagline of ‘A Land of Plenty for the Global Voyager,’ promising advice, opinions and yarns? One of my favorite features on the site is the interview series called Random Nomads. The questions posed aren’t your average ‘where […]

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Every now and then I’m reminded of a cultural aspect of the Netherlands that is so very different from the US that it practically screams ‘this is SO different!’ This morning it was my journey to Schiphol airport to pick up Husband from his latest trip. Now first let me say that I love Schiphol […]

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The sun has been playing hide-and-seek behind the clouds all day. It’s teasing me with hints of its brilliance followed by longer periods of grey overcast sky. In other words, it’s a typical spring day. I was visibly reminded that it’s time to revisit earlier posts in the Further North series (here are Stockholm Sun and […]

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Recently I caught up with a couple expat friends, enjoying koffie while sharing the latest on comings and goings. Spring is in the air, along with blooming trees, blossoming flowers and plants, and the necessary but dreaded pollen. Students are getting antsy, ready to break free of their daily grind (oh, if they only knew!) of classes, course […]

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[Updated Mar 10, 2013] On a recent trip to England I had the opportunity to experience one of the items on my own personal bucket list: a visit to Stonehenge. And may I just say that it was everything I’d hoped it would be, and more. Competing theories abound as to the origination and purpose […]

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This weekend has been absolutely phenomenal. You know, the kind of first weekend that truly announces ‘Spring has arrived’. The sun has been shining brilliantly for three days, a gorgeous blue sky with just a few pale wisps of white cloud here and there. The weather has been in the mid 60s to low 70s (Fahrenheit) here in […]

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Recently I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing a talented young wildlife filmmaker, Michael Sanderson, for an article I was writing for The Underground, our new English language monthly newspaper here in The Hague. Michael’s a creative young visionary in his field whose work has appeared on the BBC and National Geographic, and it was […]

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You know what I realized yesterday? Humor is funny. Really funny. Let me rephrase that. I’m not talking about dark humor, sick humor, mean-spirited at the expense of someone else humor. I’m referring to your all-purpose humor. The good kind that makes you smile or giggle or even laugh out loud. It feels good. Humor has […]

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NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches It’s time again for our monthly 4-way virtual blog, aka NSEW. Expat bloggers from In Search of a Life Less Ordinary, Expatria Baby, I Was an Expat Wife and here at Adventures in Expat Land get together to write on a theme and then guest post at each others’ sites. Moving abroad […]

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  Earlier this week we had a wonderful celebration of sorts. Despite being late December, we weren’t celebrating the Dutch Second Christmas (Tweede Kerstdaag) or the British Boxing Day. Instead, we were celebrating the end of Bryan and Danielle’s (current) adventure in Nederland. I first heard from Danielle back in the summer when she contacted me […]

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Hi all. It sure has been a busy week! As most of you know, the book launched on Tuesday, November 1st. After a frenzied climb, it finally hit #1 on Amazon’s Books Bestsellers List for the Women & Business category, which is no small feat. In fact, it’s a huge whopping big deal! Turning Points also peaked […]

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I’ve had the lyrics from that Bob Dylan song swirling around in my head these past few days. Have you ever felt that change is in the air? I don’t mean piddly little stuff. I’m talking about momentous change. The kind of feeling like you’re standing on a precipice: nothing but open air in front of you and rocks […]

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Today is starting out as one of those rainy, overcast summer days, meaning only one thing. Time for more ‘Further North’. In honor of the extra daylight we celebrate here in The Netherlands during the summer months, I had decided a few weeks ago to write about visiting some of the places that enjoy even longer days. By […]

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