repatriate interview # 1

   Cordula, her husband and their three children (7, 9 and 11 years old) moved from the US back to Germany in summer 2015. They've lived in San Jose, California for almost 6 years.Why did you move back?I always wanted to move back. I wanted to work in my old job as a nurse. In the US I'd have had to go back to school in order to get a nurse license. We wanted our kids to be socialized in Germany as well....more

Survey: repatriating experience

Is it time to repatriate?

Expat, Immigrant or Global Citizen

I've read an interesting blog post about the benefits of Expat life and I realized once more that I am not a huge fan of the term expat. It sounds a bit pretentious sometimes. For me expats often are these mid-twenties who go to Hongkong, Shanghai or Dubai, work a cool job, earn shitloads of money and only hang out with other expats, in expat bars and do expat stuff. I do definitely not consider myself part of this group....more

Make the right fashion choices for the holiday season!

It is beginning to look a lot like christmas.... every store you go. It is very American to dress up according to the season. Or maybe a Anglo-Saxon custom, because we all remember Mr....more

Three Word Thursday

Start something new!A year from now you will wish you had started today.Karen LambSomeone posted this quote on facebook a pretty long time ago and I instantly liked it. So I'm using it as my writing prompt for today's post....more

7 things I loathe about my life in the US

After my post about the things I love about my life here, the opposite blogpost is now in order.You can't get a decent "Brötchen". Not even in a German bakery. No one here seems to have a clue how to bake a tasty "Schrippe", "Rundstück", "Wecke"....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

Book: Karma Gone Bad

The first thing my interpreter told me when my husband and I arrived to GuangZhou, China with a 4-year old boy was the fact that I should organize my schedule to visit the various international schools that were in the neighborhood. Back in 2009-2010, Tian-He district was a hot location for expats from all countries and we ended up there, as well....more

Off to Vietnam we go after the Super Bowl!

It's surreal to think I am enjoying the Super Bowl in Shanghai this morning-Go Seahawks-and then will be eating dinner tonight in Hanoi, Vietnam.  WHAT!  I'm just a simple Midwestern gal.  People like me marry young and never move from their hometown.  Certainly a nice life but not for me.  In this second chapter of my life with the kids all grown up, I chose to risk it all....more