Be Kind to Your Expat Friends This Month

It’s the annual summertime dance around the expat maypole— if the maypole was made up of travel documents, shipping instructions, and school applications with ribbons of packing tape flying in the breeze.

So You’re Moving During a Pandemic…

When I was a girl, I used to collect bunches of dandelions. It didn’t matter to me that everyone else was trying to get rid of them–out, out, damned weed!–I thought they were pretty. Together, they looked like a fist full of sunshine.  More than just a schoolgirl fancy though, I was convinced that a…

Expating in the Time of Corona

Unless you’re living under a rock (superb social distancing points), navigating this virus is affecting most aspects of our lives. It’s upended economies. It’s uprooted nations, plans, and traditions. The damn virus is upskirting us all–exposing fault lines within countries, within governments, institutions, and families. I feel a bit like a menopausal monkey, swinging wildly…

Story of an Expat, Part I

Here’s where my story starts. Almost twelve years ago, my husband and I were sitting up in bed on a sunny, Sunday morning. The kids were blissfully and, unusually, asleep; it was a rare moment of quiet. And as we lay there, this man I loved with all my heart told me about a job….