• Thanksgiving Finding gratitude during a pandemic Thanksgiving We are a mixed family. My kids like to say they are mongrels. Not a very flattering way of describing themselves but true perhaps. We are a NZ/US family so we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving. Ours is a hybrid version of the American holiday. We never celebrate it on a Thursday, this year it…
  • Emily in Paris ‘Emily in Paris’ writer Darren Star has never been an expat! Let’s just establish from the get-go Darren Star, who wrote ‘Emily in Paris’, has clearly never been an expat. It is a great premise for a TV show but fails miserably at even giving a glimpse of the reality of moving to a new and foreign city.  ‘Emily in Paris’ is one of the latest…
  • Minimal wardrobe. How to build the perfect minimalist wardrobe As I laid my pink and yellow summer dress into my donate pile, I wondered to myself why it was all of a sudden so easy a choice. This dress I had kept with me for years as I moved from house to house within Colorado, and the bigger move to Chicago. I didn’t necessarily…
  • lockdown zoom 35 Questions to ask when you are nearly zoomed out I was listening to a podcast this past weekend that prompted me to write this list. They were talking about a list called ‘45 Questions to ask while waiting’. After talking to a few friends the week prior who had told me they were nearly zoomed out from talking to their global friends all the…
  • Expat life Living the Covid-19 expat life is exhausting Living the Covid – 19 expat life is a weird and conflicting experience and it is exhausting. I am a New Zealander, my husband is American and the kids are obviously both. Both my husband and I have been expats since we left university. We have been living in Germany for the past 18 months…
  • Homeschooling COVID-19 This too will pass – coping with COVID-19 uncertainty Coping with stuff you didn’t expect, and want to run from, is hard!  When we least expect it, stuff happens. Our holiday goes down the tube, our house gets burgled, our freezer full of yummy food for the party fails, or worse, COVID-19 strikes! Coping with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and what it will bring…
  • Coronavirus displacement Q&A – Coronavirus displacement Russell Phillips and his family have been temporarily displaced due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. Russell and his wife Jess, are teachers at the American International School of Guangzhou. They have three children who also attend the school in grades four, two and kindergarten. This is a Q&A with Russell focused on their families…
  • Nationalism isn’t really the go for expats! The world appears to be in flux at the moment. The current worldwide rise in xenophobia and nationalism really doesn’t jell well with the expat experience. When you are living an international life it is tough to understand why people are so keen on nationalism. It’s hard to find any expats who support the idea.…