Category Archives: Expat experience

Return to Ikaria

When I started to outline some posts about the week we just spent on Ikaria, I was astonished to discover that I have written only once about the island in the eight years I’ve kept this blog. Since moving overseas … Continue reading

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Should I stay or should I go?

The recruiting train for international teachers is proceeding full steam ahead. At this time of year, educators looking for new horizons are researching schools, sending out resumes, and interviewing via Skype.  Administrators are seeking out the best candidates to fill the vacancies the … Continue reading

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Three part two: new beginnings

I am not a superstitious person. At least that is how I see myself, as a not-superstitious person. But I am alert to what some people would call signs. I like to think this is my folklore training; it’s a universal human tendency … Continue reading

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“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. I’ve … Continue reading

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Disenfranchised no more

In theory, American expats are able to vote. In practice, it can be almost impossible to do so. When we moved to Ethiopia I notified the county clerk’s office that I was living overseas and needed my ballot sent to me … Continue reading

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I haven’t been home in a while. Four years, in fact. A summer at our house is a lot of work. My daughter Alice does a great job with maintenance, but certain activities like remodeling bathrooms and sorting out 30 years’ worth of clutter can … Continue reading

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The 1.6 days of Christmas

Last December I posted a Christmas tree retrospective. The 2013 entry in that lineup was our lavender bush, which I neglected to put back out on the porch before departing for our Berlin/Barcelona winter holiday family extravaganza. The housekeeper watered … Continue reading

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Cookies loved and lost

I invited some ladies who bake over to my house last Sunday for a cookie exchange. We drank mulled wine on the front porch in the afternoon sun. December in Ethiopia is very pleasant, just like all the other months … Continue reading

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My friend Mimi remarked that every time she sees the word “faranji” she can’t help thinking about the Star Trek ferengi. You may know from previous posts that “faranji” is what expats like us are called. Nik asked me a … Continue reading

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Smells like Christmas spirit

I’ve been finding it a little hard to get into a holiday mood. If you live in a country where Christmas starts as soon as the back-to-school sales are over, it might be hard to imagine anyone feeling nostalgia for … Continue reading

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