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About Maria

I'm a Canadian repatriate, former expat spouse, mother to two TCKs (and one yellow Lab), mentor to new immigrants, writer, reader, world traveller (grounded for now). I write about expat/repat issues and am still trying to figure out my place in the world.

How long after repatriating will I start to feel “at home” again?

The burning question asked by every expat facing re-entry (and every repat in its throes) is this: “How long does it take?” It’s a good question, but it’s tough to answer definitively, for a couple of reasons. First, every expat … Continue reading

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Reinvention and adaptation

Well, hello there. I know it’s been a while, and I owe you an apology for walking out on you with no explanation. It wasn’t my intention to stay away for so long. But you know how it is — … Continue reading

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Defining repatriation

“Don’t assume,” the saying goes. “It makes an ASS of U and ME.” Well I don’t know about U, but ME is feeling pretty ASS-like at the moment. I’ve been ploughing through the results of my repatriation survey, and it’s … Continue reading

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Re-entry: expectations vs. reality

When I decided to write a book about overcoming the challenges of repatriation, I knew I’d have to talk to repats about their experiences. I wanted to get an accurate picture of re-entry — the good, the bad, and the … Continue reading

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Help me write my book!

I’m not much of a multitasker. When I decided to write a book on overcoming the challenges of repatriation, I told myself I’d continue to post regular updates on my blog. Ha! Who am I kidding? I can’t even walk … Continue reading

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An expat teacher’s story

How was your summer? Mine was spent housetraining my new puppy Max, cleaning up puppy puddles, taking shoes out of Max’s mouth, keeping the two dogs from killing each other, and wondering what the hell I was thinking when I … Continue reading

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Expats by the numbers

Another great infographic from the folks at Feedbacq, this time on the world’s expat population — 230 million strong. Source: Feedbacq.com

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Even spacemen struggle with re-entry

I read an article a few days ago about astronaut Chris Hadfield, who became the first Canadian to command the International Space Station this past December. Although he’s been to space twice before, this latest mission was his longest ever: … Continue reading

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The case of the woman who loved international crime fiction

I’ve written before about my love of mystery fiction set in exotic places, an obsession that began in childhood. Some things never change, and these days my iPad is bursting with books written about people whose names I can’t pronounce, … Continue reading

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What the missionary sector can teach us about handling re-entry

Wouldn’t it be nice if the corporate world took care of its repatriates the way missionary folk do? My family was lucky when we moved abroad: Chef Boyardee’s employer sent us to Singapore for a look-see visit, provided cross-cultural training … Continue reading

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