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Everyone wants to know, deep within, that their time on earth meant something to others. That their being here mattered. They mattered. It is human nature to want to leave your footprint on the world for others that come after you to see. For some, it is through their betterment of the immediate world around them. Think Mother […]

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It was a chance encounter yesterday on a crowded street that sent me back in time. As I turned the corner onto our nearby shopping street affectionately known as ‘the Fred,’ I caught a snippet of conversation. The young woman was seated at one of the outside tables of a local restaurant, twirling her forefinger along […]

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As a writer and an expat, I like to keep abreast of the current literature in the field. The field itself is relatively small, which is why new arrivals are long awaited and eagerly devoured. Recently I had the opportunity to read and review Expat Teens Talk: Peers, Parents and Professionals Offer Support, Advice and Solutions […]

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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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One of the absolutely best aspects of the internet is the ability to find all kinds of information at your fingertips. Those of you who remember life before the ‘world wide web’ know exactly what I mean; those younger can just roll your eyes and skip the next paragraph. It continually amazes me that you can […]

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NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches It’s fast approaching the end of the year which means we have time for just one more Expat Dispatches for 2011. As always, your faithful expat dispatchers from the four corners of the globe are: North: Linda (Yours Truly here) in The Netherlands (http://www.adventuresinexpatland.com/) South: Russell in Australia (http://www.insearchofalifelessordinary.com/) East: Erica in […]

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NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches It’s the middle of November so you know what that means: it’s time for our monthly virtual four-way blogfest! North: Yours Truly in The Netherlands (www.adventuresinexpatland.com) South: Russell in Australia (www.insearchofalifelessordinary.com) East: Erica in Japan (www.expatriababy.com) West: Maria in Canada (www.iwasanexpatwife.com) This month’s theme? What is the one item each of us […]

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‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley’ Poet Robert Burns’ famous quote basically means that even the best laid plans can head south, go awry, fall to pieces. Recently I’ve been reminded of this sage advice. While (almost) nothing goes on my schedule that I don’t agree to, I do not completely control […]

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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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NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches We’re back — four intrepid souls who swap guests posts each month from the far corners of the globe. We are: North: Linda (Yours Truly) in the Netherlands (www.adventuresinexpatland.com) South: Russell in Australia (www.insearchofalifelessordinary.com) East: Erica in Japan (www.expatriababy.com) West: Maria in Canada (www.iwasanexpatwife.com) The great philosopher Socrates said that the unexamined […]

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Recently I had the opportunity to read the latest book by author Matt Krause, a mid-life memoir entitled A Tight Wide-open Space: Finding Love in a Muslim Land (Delridge Press, 2011). Matt was a happily single, well-traveled, successful thirty-something businessman living in Seattle when he encountered a beautiful, intriguing woman on a flight from California to Hong […]

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During the summer I was approached by an editor at a new site, AdaptingAbroad.com, to write two companion articles on expats and emotional resilience. The first article was to focus on what expats may risk if they find themselves lacking in emotional resilience.* I agreed, and found the experience particularly stimulating because I tend to write from […]

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Anyone who tries to tell you that expat life is a piece of cake, with everyone living the high life and doing whatever they please wherever they want to, is sadly misinformed. The truth is, living abroad is a lot like living in your home/birth/passport country. Except for the whole cross-cultural aspect to it, and the […]

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NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches Welcome back for another four-way guest post of our virtual blog NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches!  We are four bloggers who have joined together to rotate our monthly guest posts from the four corners of the world on each other’s blogs: Yours Truly here at www.adventuresinexpatland.com (North, Netherlands), Russell at www.insearchofalifelessordinary.com (South, Australia), Erica at […]

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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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  Whew. Finally. This is it. The last in the five-part series I’ve written on Emotional Resilience in Expat Life: FACTORS for the Emotionally Resilient Expat. I laid the foundation in Parts I through III by covering a range of key concepts: identity development, emotional resilience, transition phases, change model, emotional & social intelligence and […]

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NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches Welcome to the inaugural four-way guest posting of NorthSouthEastWest! We are four expat bloggers who have joined together to rotate our monthly guest posts from the four corners of the world on each other’s blogs: Linda (Yours Truly) at Adventuresinexpatland.com (North), Russell at Insearchofalifelessordinary.com (South), Erica at Expatriababy.com (East) and Maria at […]

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  I changed my point of view recently, and it’s changed my perspective.   Literally.   You see, I’ve finally moved back to my desk in our guest room. I’d set up my desk and writing area when we moved into this house two years ago (two years!), but didn’t make good use of it. At first it […]

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Adventurers (aka regular followers) know that over at I Am Expat I’m in the midst of a five-part series on Emotional Resilience and Expat Life. This week was Part III: Emotional/Social Intelligence & Optimism. Throughout Parts I through III, I’ve been laying the groundwork by explaining key concepts as they relate to expats: emotional resilience, […]

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Two weeks ago, my brother and his family visited from the US. All four are intrepid travelers, including overseas. My brother and sister-in-law have even been to Amsterdam before for a quick visit, as part of a larger trip. But this was the first time they’d come to visit us since we moved to The […]

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