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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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A week or so ago, a strange entry popped up in my search filter. I didn’t recognize the website URL, but its name caught my eye. I clicked on the link and found myself reading an article about whether to become an expat, and my post Seven Reasons Not to Become an Expat was included. […]

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It was a week before my last semester when I packed my bags and moved into the university’s Intercultural House. I was studying for a Masters Degree in International Affairs, and events had conspired to bring me to the stone steps of the ‘IC House’ as it was affectionally called. I’d spent the three previous semesters of the […]

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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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Two confessions up front. First, credit where credit is due. A comment about my post on Bridge-Building in the city of Peace and Justice, left by fellow expat and talented writer/blogger Russell VJ Ward*, served as the impetus for this plea post. Second, I am a self-confessed policy wonk and international affairs junkie. I’ve studied it, worked […]

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When this week began, little did I know that by the end I would be writing what has essentially become my own personal Trilogy to the Dutch. I’d enjoyed all the excitement and revelry of my third Queen’s Day, stuck again by how virtually everyone gets involved in what is essentially one big party. There’s something about an entire […]

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In support of an effort by the group Bring Change 2 Mind to erase the stigma faced by those dealing with mental illness, my fellow expat blogger Aisha launched an ongoing series of posts on her site Expatlogue earlier this year entitled ‘Breaking the Code of Silence’. Bravely sharing her own disturbing memories from younger days, the pain and suffering […]

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I did something last night that was bad. Very, very bad. I knew it was wrong at the time, yet I still went ahead and did it anyway. What is it that has me feeling so uneasy, so guilty, so… naughty? Husband, Daughter and I brought her laptop to the dinner table last night and […]

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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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  It’s Christmas Eve day. The aroma of my Jamie Oliver-inspired gravy wafts gently throughout rooms regaled in ornaments, decorations, pine boughs and tiny lights. Another half hour and I’ll start lighting some candles. Carols are playing softly in the background while Daughter and Husband work diligently on a holiday puzzle. But this is not the […]

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  Twenty three days. Twenty three short days. That’s the amount of time left until Son reports to university and begins his college career. He won’t be living at home and commuting to school. Nor will he be moving out into his own place to attend college nearby. He’s not even moving across the country. […]

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Okay, let’s start again. This year I’m not going back. When I typed that sentence the other day, intending to write about one thing, it spiraled off onto another tangent. That happens. Since my writing muse was not only on speaking terms with me but appeared to be hunkered down for a full-fledged chitchat, I […]

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    This year I’m not going back. I was going to type ‘ back home’ but stopped short. Yes, the United States is my ‘home’ country. I’m lucky in that I’m able to state that clearly, without hemming or hawing or asking several qualifying questions. I’ve come to learn that for some, it isn’t […]

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The Washington Post headline read ‘US Stuns Brazil’, citing ‘enough twists and turns to fill an entire tournament.’ Sporting News called it the ‘Improbable US Victory’. In Sports Illustrated, Swedish coach of the US Team Pia Sundhage spoke of ‘this American attitude, pulling everything together and bringing out the best performance in each other, that […]

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Today in The Netherlands it’s Monday. Just an ordinary day, the start of a new work week (or vacation if you’re fortunate). For Americans, it’s much more. July 4th is Independence Day, the day we celebrate our nation’s birth. We recall the sacrifice of our forefathers in throwing off the chains of tyranny to become […]

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I wanted to share that there’s been some good news on the Alice front. (The original story ‘A Teen’s Bucket List’ is here.) The social media response has been amazing. The story has literally gone viral, and the family reports that they’ve been overwhelmed with emails, etc. I received an email response from a family […]

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Since this blog began a little over 7 months ago, I’ve been contacted by three different Americans who were planning to move here to Nederland this year. These women (and their families) are not aspiring expats; they are expats-to-be, in that the commitments are made, jobs accepted (and wrapped up back in the US), movers […]

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Earlier this month I was over at 4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle reading Shamozal’s thought-provoking post So, Where Are You From? In a nutshell, she wrote of how we tend to miss our ‘home’, the place we look back on (usually) with rose-colored glasses and fond remembrances. Deep down, most of us retain a hint […]

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It’s Friday morning and the sun is shining. Like you, I’ve got a busy day planned. The weekend looms. But first, I’ve got something special in mind for you. Today we have a guest post, but with a bit of a twist. The writer isn’t a blogger. Yet. (I keep telling her it’s only a matter of time.) Gry Tina Tinde […]

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