Archive for Category: "Daily Life"

One Year On — Things I Wish I’d Known When I Moved to Prague

One Year On — Things I Wish I’d Known When I Moved to Prague

[pullquote align=”left”]I recently celebrated the year anniversary of my move to Prague.[/pullquote] Whilst still relatively ‘green’ in Prague-expat terms, I have now been here long enough to be ashamed of my limited Czech,  to understand how trams work (all you need to know is that prístí zastávka means “next stop”), and to pass on some […]

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Life Somewhere Else

Life Somewhere Else

  [pullquote align=”left”]We all dream. Both asleep and in consciousness.[/pullquote] As a kid, I remember of dreaming about people’s lives in big cities. I chose to believe those big-city people also dreamed about the country life in rural Arkansas, USA, that I lived. As an adult, I have been able to live and work in […]

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Protests in Kyrgyzstan

Protests in Kyrgyzstan

  [heading style=”1″]Occupy Wall Street seems to be a constant story in my newsfeed these days, but it hasn’t made much of an impact on me or the people I know here in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. [/heading] [frame align=”left”][/frame]Kyrgyzstan has a history of protests. In 2005, a popular uprising successfully ousted a leader with increasingly authoritarian […]

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Sometimes It’s the Little Things: In Praise of Dominican Gift Wrappers

Sometimes It’s the Little Things: In Praise of Dominican Gift Wrappers

The gift-wrapping service offered by all shops all year round is not unique to the Dominican Republic, but it may well be alien to most expats.  This service is considered essential and important. Serious business.   In contrast, where I come from if you ask the shop assistant if they will wrap a gift for […]

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Right Hand = Spoon. Left Hand = Toilet Paper. Don’t Mess It Up.

Right Hand = Spoon. Left Hand = Toilet Paper. Don’t Mess It Up.

[pullquote align=”left”]I live a double life. I have my normal life, where I eat, sleep, work, and clean house.[/pullquote] When I’m living my normal life, I’m doing my best to act Senegalese. In my book, integration is key to successful work in a foreign community. I wear brightly colored wax fabrics. I speak Pulaar. I […]

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Good As You in Turkey

Good As You in Turkey

[heading style=”1″]Quentin Crisp once famously said, “Men deprived of the company of women turn to boys, and men deprived of the company of boys turn to animals.”[/heading] In the conventional sense, few are actually gay. It seems that a familiar fumble with the boys is tolerated if absolute discretion is exercised. It is certainly not […]

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What Expats Don’t Talk About

What Expats Don’t Talk About

When you live in Thailand, you come face to face with your shortcomings in all its hot sticky rice glory. This is ironic if you think about the people who leave their passport country because they are escaping something. Not over the food, per say, but over all the goodies that come from the frustrations […]

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