Stop the Press: We're Moving to China

Almost four years on board the expat train in the multi-layered metropolis of Hong Kong, it’s time to call it a day.I knew this post was coming… in fact I’ve known since the day we decided to pull up stumps and relocate from our home in Australia — that one day it would all come to an end.To be honest with you, the day I stepped foot in humid, heaving Honkers – I already had my eyes on the finish line. I’ll give it two years (at best) I thought, then we’ll go home....more


This weekend marks my two-year anniversary in London. There have been highs, lows, sunny times, and lots of literal grey times, but overall I wouldn't change the experience of being an expat for anything.Before I moved here, I assumed that moving abroad and living in London would be a very similar experience to living in New York, which I did for five years before I moved to the U.K....more

10 things I do after living in Asia

Or did in some cases as this is another one of those lists I started and forgot long ago.For the uninitiated: I ran away to South Korea and China to teach English after college. After living in Asia for a couple years, some habits tend persist during the initial re-entry phase back in the States.Some things I noticed:...more

My Spanish Siesta

Santiago de Compostela, SpainLast week, many people ...more

Travelling with Thom-Always an Adventure!

So, I asked him, “Do you have any weapons?” before we left the house.  Why?  Because Thom likes to be prepared and that, at the very least, means a swiss army knife is on his person at all times and could also mean that he has a knife or two in as well owing to his Idahoan “survival” mentality for the many years we lived there in the woods.  Thank God he had to give up the guns when we moved to China.  Having grown up in NYC, he was elated to get some firepower to protect his family in the wilderness when we moved to Idaho…latent mountain man that he is.  Knowing hi...more

Italians are newbies at Halloween, but I’m changing that

Should I celebrate Hallowe’en now that I live in Italy? And so, here I am, in Italy with my very own baby! Now what? Should I just stop preparing for Halloween since I’m in a country where technically it doesn’t exist? No! ...more

Expatriation: Living abroad is as lonely as it is wonderful.

A few weeks ago a friend came to me with questions about raising kids in Europe, and about being an expat in general. She has a two year old, and she may have the opportunity to live and work overseas for a few years. She wondered about our experiences.It was a short conversation, and so we stuck to generalities. I told her what I usually tell people when they ask about our two years in Amsterdam: It was a wonderful, probably once-in-our-lifetime opportunity. We would do it again in a second. (PS. It will be tough, in some ways. And you might be lonely. You should go anyway.)...more
Hi - I found your post really interesting, especially the part about "romanticizing" your expat ...more

Summer Plans, Expat Style: If we ARE home, how can we also be GOING home?

Summer is upon us. My kids and I are dragging themselves limply through school’s final weeks (although our final slog is nowhere near as funny as Jen Hatmaker’s brilliant summation); I have suffered through the indignities of wrestling in and out of bathing suits in a department-store dressing room because I’m tired of ill-fitting mail-order suits; we are making our plans for various family trips (which are not the same thing as vacations).   These early weeks of summer always feel transitional, provisional: we’ve not yet settled into the summer routine but clearly changes are in the air.The transitions of summer loom even larger, however, if you live in a predominantly expat community, as I do.  Sometimes living in an expat city is a bit like living in Chile under Pinochet: one day there’s that nice family whose kids are in your kids’ classes and the next day, poof! They’re gone. And if you don’t happen to know someone who knows the family, you might never learn what happened to them: New job? Family emergency? Abducted by aliens?  The story doesn’t end, it just…stops....more


Bringing our twelve year old to Spain have always been our main worry, having read many articles and forum discussions regarding bringing an older child to a different country can pose many complications, mainly affecting their education and social skills.  Having to learn a new language after the age of 10 proves a lot more difficult for many children....more

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