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Most Excellent Free Reads

February 7, 2012


I recently extolled my love of the Kindle. We talked of how insanely convenient it is for travelers/expats/etc. This is true whether we’re talking about Kindles, Nooks, ipads, or whatever your e-reader of choice may be. My Kindle, for example, is an old version my dad bought used from a coworker who was upgrading her own. […]

Are you a lovepat?

February 1, 2012


A friend of mine runs an e-magazine for “Third Culture Kids,” or TCKs.  Have you heard this term?  It refers to people who are raised in a culture other than their parents’.  For example, children of foreign service officers, military personnel, missionaries, or international business people are often considered TCKs. Readers of this blog may […]

Expat Essentials: The Mighty Kindle

January 31, 2012


How do you pack up your entire life into two suitcases? This is a dilemma that many people in cross-cultural relationships must face, especially if they become expats in their spouse’s home country.  Amidst piles of clothing, important documents, and beloved knick-knacks like that special coffee thermos your grandpa gave you, there’s a lot that […]

Home is whenever I’m with you

November 3, 2011


Jumping back and forth recently between El Salvador, Chicago, and Minnesota led to a crazy hopscotch of emotions.  Gratefulness to see loved ones, giddiness to get back to others, twinges of homesickness and nostalgia jumbled up with the sensation of feeling incredibly comfortable and at home.  I guess that’s to be expected when you have […]

The Pores They Are a-Changin’

July 13, 2011


Moving abroad makes your body go whack. Of course there’s the obvious stuff the Travel Nurse warns you of: bacteria in the water, don’t eat the lettuce, yada yada.  Sure enough, upon arriving to El Salvador I ate something iffy (everything’s iffy) and got sick.  Went to the hospital.  Came back.  Had bouts of not being […]

Phone Home!

July 8, 2011


Those of us who are living abroad or in a long-distance relationship have it so easy compared to even just five years ago.  I love it every time I call my Grandpa, and he exclaims with thrill: “Oh, Jenny!  You’re calling from El Salvador?!  It sounds like you’re just in the other room!”  I laugh […]

Immigration Tips

July 7, 2011


As a follow-up to my post on my immigration escapade to Tapachula awhile back, I’m sharing a few pointers for avoiding immigration “issues.”  Immigration goes more smoothly when you’re prepared, so keep these thoughts in mind to navigate the immigration seas with ease: 1.  Know Your Plans When you have a vision for where you want […]