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Visiting our home country

Three young girls and grandmother photographed in front of Niagra Falls

Going home… Visiting home… This is our vacation this summer – the first time back to the US since moving to France almost 3 years ago. It’s exciting, it’s strange, it’s comfortable, yet it’s not… For our trip, I had ... Read More »

Build new friendships

Six friends holding hands and jumping

Quotes on friendship As an expat, one of the most important – and difficult – issues to sort out is to create a new friendship and social circle. Friends will become your new family; they will help you navigate your ... Read More »

How to maintain family bonds across borders

Keeping in touch Couple chatting on webcam Skype

How to keep in touch across borders I wrote some time ago about the difficulties of staying in touch with loved ones when you expatriate and how this has become easier over the years. Recently, talking to my Mother in ... Read More »

Modern technology and staying in touch

Vintage telephone and typewriter standing on the desk in the office

Keeping in touch as an expat The autumn seems to bring a spate of family birthdays – my children, mother-in-law, step-mother, sister-in-law, niece, father and my sister all have birthdays falling between September and November. In years gone by we ... Read More »

Expat life quotes

Woman sitting alone in a cafe

“You hang around cafés” Ernest Hemingway, the famous expatriate writer, wrote the following in ‘The Sun also Rises‘ in 1926. You’re an expatriate. You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink ... Read More »