Desi Downey is the author of the book NiHowdy, her recently published account of her six years in China as a trailing spouse. We appreciate Desi sharing her first impression of her adopted country. Scroll down for a link to purchase the … [Read more...] about First Impressions – China
First of all, let me state that I'm a big fan of International Living. Their magazine and their daily postcards are gold mines of information, and I've also bought several of their country books. But last week, they just floored me, and I've come to … [Read more...] about What Were They Thinking?
Released in 1999, starring Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat and Tom Felton. Based on the diaries of Anna Leonowens, an English widow who spent six years in the court of Siam as teacher to King Mongkut’s children, the film pays homage to Anna, portrays … [Read more...] about Expat Films: Anna and the King
I just finished reading a truly excellent article over at Expat Exchange. In Culture Shock: It's the Little Things that Count in the Biggest Ways, author Desi Downey identifies five stages of culture shock: Honeymoon/Tourist Irritation-to-Anger … [Read more...] about Five Stages of Culture Shock
A few months ago, I published the results of a Fast Company study of MBA students. The study concluded that those who had lived outside their home country performed better on a creativity test than those who had not. However, that study concluded … [Read more...] about Does Thinking About Moving Make You More Creative?
First Visit to New Overseas Home I'm looking forward with eagerness, and, I must admit, some trepidation, to visiting my possible new overseas home location for the first time. It's one thing to read about a place in books, magazines, and online. … [Read more...] about Tell Us About It
Mosquito Coast, starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and River Phoenix, based on a book by Paul Theroux, chronicles the adventures of the Fox family. Brilliant inventor/philosopher/father Allie Fox (Harrison Ford) gets disgusted with the United … [Read more...] about Expat Films: Mosquito Coast
New Feature: Books About Expats Just as we recently started a monthly series on Expat Films, this is the first of our new monthly series on Books About Expats. Once a month, we'll review a book about an expat(s), and I welcome your suggestions on … [Read more...] about Expat Books: A Year In Provence
In my last post, I asked the question, Why Would Anyone Want to Leave the US? One recurring expat theme revolves around “quality of life.” This is mostly subjective, and something you might perceive as positive which adds to your quality of life, … [Read more...] about Quality of Life: What Does It Mean to You?
I thought it might be fun to look at some expats as portrayed in books and movies.We'll look at some new releases, as well as some older ones, classic literary fiction as well as biography, mystery, science fiction -- in short, anything with an … [Read more...] about Star Wars is All About Anywhereists!