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Last week Daughter and I were with my brother’s family spending a few days at the beach. My sister-in-law’s mother and stepfather were visiting as well. On the evening of July 3rd, we all piled into into two cars and headed off to that very American of all summer pastimes, a baseball game. Neither Daughter nor […]

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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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Here in the northern hemisphere, when it gets to be February, March and April, the season begins. You would be forgiven for thinking that I’m referring to the blossoming springtime. Emerging from winter is certainly important, but there is another season beginning to bud: it’s what I referred to last year as a matter of The Clash […]

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[Updated 20 June 2012] Today is a very special day here at Adventures in Expat Land. We have a guest post from the talented Shannon Young, a writer and American expat living in Hong Kong. I ‘met’ Shannon a year ago when I stumbled on her blog via Twitter. I’d recently purchased a Kindle, and […]

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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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  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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This morning Husband and I decided to take advantage of the glorious autumn weather by taking Oli on a long walk through nearby woods. The sun is out, the air is crisp, people are out walking, jogging and cycling; it’s an all-around gorgeous October day.   After an hour of hiking through the wooded parkland, meandering […]

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Last week we had the August installment of our monthly four-way virtual blog NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches. Once again, I was thrilled with the resulting posts. [For newbies, I join Erica (Expatria Baby, Japan), Maria (I Was an Expat Wife, Canada) and Russell (In Search of a Life Less Ordinary, Australia) to write on a joint […]

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Last month, some of you Adventurers may recall that I wrote about Julia Simens’ insightful book Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child. While interviewing Julia I had asked a few questions about how she went about writing her book. As someone in the early throes of trying to write a book, I can tell you that […]

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As promised, here is part ii of Part IV in our series on Emotional Resilience in Expat Life. Along with part i last week, we’re looking at ways to engender emotional resilience to help us weather the changes and transitions we face. I can’t believe that we are getting to toward the end of this […]

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  I’ll never forget learning my first words of Dutch. Ja. Nee. Dank u wel. Alstublieft. Yes. No. Thank you. Please. I learned them from Husband more than two years ago. Son, Daughter and I were visiting him during their school spring break, and had arrived in Den Haag (The Hague) the day before. Husband had been living […]

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I’ve been working on a five-part series on Emotional Resilience in Expat Life, and a couple days ago the second article, on Transitions & Change, was published on I Am Expat. As mentioned previously, emotional resilience is generally defined as being able to deal with and adapt to whatever challenges, setbacks and unpleasant curve balls […]

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I know, I know. You’re thinking ‘how can this hip, happening blogger possibly be old enough to have a child graduating from high school?!?’ I think the same thing myself. (Although usually it’s ‘how can I be THAT old??’) Let’s just say I was unusually youthful (not) when I had Son, and leave it at […]

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It never ceases to amaze me all of the cool people who find their way to your mailbox door when you’re a blogger. And no, I’m not talking about the scammers and spammers. Although if you knew how often I’m informed that I’ve won the Spanish, Swiss and Nigerian lotteries, you’d be very impressed and […]

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of info and experience, that is. Today I’m going to do something a little different. I was contacted by a reader who is an inbound ‘expat-to-be’. (Yay!) She’s a young mom of a one-year old, relocating to Amsterdam soon due to her husband’s work, and asked for any advice. Briefly I told her the following: As she […]

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It has been about 18 months since we arrived to join Husband. Today I was walking over to the shopping street near our neighborhood, intent on running some errands. My mind wandered back to the first time I had gone shopping for groceries, or to the hardware store or the post office. I tried to recall […]

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The first time you arrive somewhere, anywhere, you’re seeing it through fresh eyes. Sometimes when I’m driving around Den Haag, through the Dutch countryside, or close to Amsterdam, I’m transported back to the first time I saw it all. It was not quite two years ago, when Son, Daughter and I came to visit Husband. […]

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I am frequently asked by other expats, Dutch acquaintances and even strangers how we came to be living here in Nederland. Why did we decide to move from our home country to live abroad? Why did we choose to become expats? In an earlier post, I explained briefly that we moved here from the East Coast […]

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If you didn’t happen to see it, my last post talked about how we expats can be some serious pumpkin junkies.  And while I have solved the pumpkin/pumpkin pie spice dilemma, finding the requisite turkey is an entirely different matter. What I have learned is that I cannot just waltz down to my local Albert Heijn grocery store and pick […]

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‘You know you’re an expat when you win two cans of pumpkin and you are excited!’, a friend posted yesterday on Facebook. And you know what? She is exactly right. Her post triggered an avalanche of responses from kindred spirits. Comments flew back and forth about the paucity of pumpkin, what we’d make with it, where […]

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