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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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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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Everything you ever wanted to know about expat support, but were afraid to ask

Norman Viss and Carol Van Dyken at the Expat Everyday Support Center have put together an Intercultural Blog Carnival with the theme Expat Support: What We Need, and How to Deliver It. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about … Continue reading

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Do you have expat DNA?

I found this infographic this morning — what do you think? Infographic courtesy Feedbacq

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On expat blogging

I have dedicated my entire life to avoiding the horror of public speaking. When Judy Rickatson asked me to be part of a panel discussion on “Blogging for Expat Success” at this year’s FIGT conference, I was relieved to have … Continue reading

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Border buddies

Canada and the United States share the longest undefended* border in the world: 8,891 kilometres long (that’s 5,525 miles, for our American friends.) We’ve been good neighbours for what seems like forever, but we don’t always understand each other. Prior to … Continue reading

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My life as a cartoon

Younger Daughter took a tumble off her horse earlier this week. That happens a lot, only this time she landed wrong side up and got a concussion. Just a mild one — but I still had to wake her up every … Continue reading

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The toilet revolution

When it comes to toileting habits, the world is divided into two groups: water cultures and paper cultures. Each clan is convinced their way is best, but the intercultural mantra of “there’s no right or wrong, just different,” fails in … Continue reading

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Hooray for the Sisterhood

If you get nominated for an award but forget to accept, does it still count? I’m not even sure I’m entitled to write this post. I received a lovely nomination from Kathleen at Expat Alien for the Sisterhood of the … Continue reading

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The lota position

Last week I spent an entire morning reading about poop. I hadn’t planned it, and Lord knows I certainly could have used that time more productively, but it was engrossing stuff (if you’ll pardon the pun.) The blame for my … Continue reading

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