There's nothing like the holidays to bring out the best -- or the worst -- in you when you're living overseas. If you're lonely, disoriented, or homesick, holidays can make you feel much worse. If you're enjoying your life, holidays can be a lot of … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Traditions — Are they the Same Overseas?
Last week my husband and I flew out of Panama's Tocumen International Airport for the last time. Well, maybe not the last time forever, but for at least a couple of years. If you're not on my mailing list, Facebook page or Google Plus page, you … [Read more...] about I Miss Panama! Here are 10 Reasons Why
Guest Post from Expat Explorer For many, a move to China has always been a dream. The country is rich in mysterious history and culture and the sheer size of it makes for an explorer’s utopia. Living in China, whether you are in Shanghai, Chengdu … [Read more...] about Why it’s Worth Expatriating to China
"Quality of life" means something different to each of us. On top of that, it changes over time. What makes for great quality of life when we're in our 20s doesn't work so well when our kids are in Middle and High School, or after they go off to … [Read more...] about Quality of Life is an Elusive Beast
Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama, is a huge event. It brings around 100,000 visitors to the town -- and Las Tablas' normal population is only about 10,000. Merchants make a big chunk of their annual sales before, during and after Carnaval. Families … [Read more...] about After the Lights and Music End: The Dark Side of Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama [Video]
Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama (and yes, that's the correct Spanish spelling for Carnival) is a big deal here. A very big deal. Every year the town of Las Tablas swells to more than 10 times its normal population. This normally quiet town -- … [Read more...] about Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama
Guest post by Catherine Perkins. If you spend enough time in a foreign country, things stop feeling “foreign” and start feeling normal; sometimes you don't realize just how normal until you return home. In my case, I expressed my reverse culture … [Read more...] about Travels from Bhutan: Repatriation and Reflections
Guest post by Catherine Perkins You know from my earlier post that I spent almost five months living, studying, traveling, and working in the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan, a small country in the Himalayas tucked between China and India. It’s one of … [Read more...] about Travels in Bhutan: Living in a Buddhist Country
Guest Post by Mike Henry As I write this, the movie Eat, Pray, Love is hitting the cinemas in the United States. I am sure most people are already familiar with the story. The book's author, Elizabeth Gilbert, is frustrated with her life in the … [Read more...] about Living in the Land of Love
My youngest daughter is halfway through a 2-1/2 month sojourn in France. This Easter, she was fortunate to spend the weekend with a French family in the village of Soissons. The village is northeast of Paris, about halfway to the Belgian border. The … [Read more...] about It’s Not the Easter Bunny, It’s the Easter Bell!