There is usually a moment when living in a new country that you stop feeling like a visitor and realize I LIVE HERE! This was a lighting strike moment for me. It could be because I live somewhere as well-known as London, and after years of seeing flashes of the city on TV, in the news, […]
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My life has been one continuous expat experience. I have lived, been immersed, loved, and belonged to many countries: ex-Yugoslavia, Libya, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, the USA, Qatar, and Dubai. Growing up in the Sudan as a stepdaughter of a Sudanese and daughter of a Croatian was a fascinating lesson, a journey into multiculture and tolerance. […]
[pullquote align=”left”]Any westerner who has driven a car, rickshaw, van, or motorcycle in India will tell you it’s an experience that has to be lived to be believed. [/pullquote]Whilst I am not yet brave enough to drive a car in India, I am a regular passenger on many car trips, varying in length from 200 […]
What kind of Londoner would I be if I didn’t have a moan about the tube? I come from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city where the next bus is an hour-wait on ninety percent of the routes during off-peak travel times. If it is winter, that means waiting out in weather that can be -15C […]
[pullquote align=”left”]After school one Friday, the entire staff decided to go out to dinner in celebration of the completion of “open classes”. [/pullquote]Open classes are when the parents of the kindergarten students come to school and sit in on classes while you teach. Korean parents pay a lot of money to send their kids to […]
[pullquote align=”left”]One of the fundamentals of living somewhere is the need for a functioning bank account.[/pullquote] I should know; I spent four years of my life creating a business helping people migrating to Australia open bank accounts. This business opened accounts within 24 hours for customers around the world. It even worked in India. Although after […]
[pullquote align=”left”]Colmado in Spanish literally means full to the brim and is the word used here in the Dominican Republic for the equivalent of a corner shop or a 7-Eleven.[/pullquote] They are everywhere, and on my street alone, there are seven or eight. Some are tiny, no more than a little shack, and some are […]