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. […]

Posted in: Expat living

Spunky Love Songs

February 3, 2012


The recent post on lovepats got me thinking about some songs on the theme of following someone you love. Of course there’s Frankie who invites us to come fly with him (to Bombay, Peru, and Acapulco — I’m in!). Gladys Knight follows her man back to Georgia. More recently, Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros […]

Posted in: Playlists

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 […]

Posted in: Expat living

Tips for Starting Fresh

January 26, 2012


I recently wrote about emotional moldiness.  That, again, refers to the pattern we often get stuck in of becoming too comfortable or lazy in our relationships, which results in a slackening of our emotional boundaries and oftentimes causes us to treat our partners badly.  Couples really know how to make each other feel crummy.  Indeed, […]

Posted in: Tips

On Starting Fresh

January 24, 2012


Right when the States is getting into the heart of winter, here in El Salvador we’re enjoying the “summer.”  For me it’s counterintuitive to call it that, since this is the coolest (relatively) time of the year.  But we call it summer simply because it’s not “winter,” that is, the rainy season. Let me tell […]

Posted in: Relationships

New Year’s Grapes

December 29, 2011


Forget the masquerade parties and kiss at midnight, El Salvador’s New Year’s traditions are all about family dinners, fireworks at midnight, and partying til dawn (we have that much in common, I guess). But one Salvadoran New Year’s tradition that I just learned about and LOVE is The Eating of the Grapes at midnight. Apparently […]

Posted in: Culture & Customs