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Modern technology and staying in touch

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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 »

How would you feel if your child became an expat adult?

Expat teen waiting on a train platform with a backpack

Would you like for your child to become an expat? St. John’s International School conducted a poll among expat parents and asked “Would you like for your child to become an expat?” The majority of respondents, 66.1%, responded “yes”, 11.3% ... Read More »

Quotes about languages

Football displaying many flags

The importance of learning a language Why learn a language? Well, it goes without saying that you will gain so much more from your new home country if you can make yourself understood! At the very least, you need to ... Read More »

The pregnant expat

A pregnant woman holding an ultrasound scan picture

Pregnancy and childbirth in the US You’ve been trying for four months already? I think you should see a fertility doctor! We heard these words from my OB/GYN in Portland, Oregon after we had been trying to get pregnant with ... Read More »