Tag Archives: memories

Moving back home after living overseas

As expatriate life draws to a close and the final phase in the expat cycle is about to begin, it’s normal to struggle with mixed feelings. Some expats dread the return to a “normal” life, while others are relieved their … Continue reading

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Bringing home the TCKs

Third Culture Kids are resilient creatures, but like adults, many find the move back to their passport country especially difficult. As parents, it’s our job to help them readjust. It takes preparation, patience and sensitivity, and I know from experience that … Continue reading

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The changing face of Hallowe’en

When I was a child, Hallowe’en was greeted with a sense of anticipation rivaling only Christmas in intensity. Choosing a costume, dressing up, wandering from door to door with your friends and getting free candy — life didn’t get much … Continue reading

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(Re)introducing…Forced to Fly

Hurray for second editions! Jo Parfitt has released an updated version of an old favourite, Forced to Fly. This collection of stories about the funny side of expat life was written (as the cover so generously puts it) by expatriates … Continue reading

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The untranslatable ache of saudade

My friend Heather, a former Missionary Kid* (who I had the good fortune to meet at an FIGT conference a few years back), recently sent me a link to this nicely written blog post on Communicating Across Boundaries about the … Continue reading

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RAFTing toward a smoother transition

Somewhere around the halfway mark of my recent holiday in Singapore, dermatological disaster struck. A week of constant ping-ponging between the sweltering heat and the Arctic air-conditioning so beloved by the locals had reduced my hands to an eczematous mess. … Continue reading

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The 5 stages of repat grief

This weekend I quietly celebrated my 5th repativersary. Hard to believe we’ve been back home in Canada the same amount of time we were away. And incredibly, we’re not just surviving — we’re thriving. (If you had told me back … Continue reading

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Kids say the darndest things

Posting “You know you’re a TCK when…” last week jogged a memory loose. It was the line, “You watch a movie set in a foreign country, and you know what the nationals are really saying into the camera” that did … Continue reading

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Most definitely not the opera

A little flurry of excitement around here: last week I taped a short segment about homesickness for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio show “Definitely Not the Opera.” A producer had emailed me the week before to ask if I’d … Continue reading

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Wowed by the Wall

I know I should be writing about my recent Singapore trip, but I feel like taking a quick detour down memory lane instead. Beijing was one of the most exciting cities I visited when my family and I lived in … Continue reading

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