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Guest Blog: Book Review

Here you are – new place, new country, so much to do – now!  And you don’t even know how to ask what, when and how.  Your aim is to have a good life in this strange new place.  Learning the language can help you in that aim both in the short and longer term.  It helps you integrate with locals and earn their respect, meet other newcomers in the same situation as yourself, have a structure to your week and,...

TCKs don’t do ‘favourite places’

Growing up as a globally mobile kid, I occasionally felt bullied into defining my international identity in ways that made me uncomfortable. This happened, for example, when people insisted I give them an answer to the question, “So of all the places you’ve lived, what’s your favourite?” If people who don’t move have one favourite place, shouldn’t I have one too? But we don’t. Global nomads know that because we...

The Mobile Life: A review

Review by Dutchnews.nl http://www.dutchnews.nl/expatpages/books/the_mobile_life.php The Mobile Life – a new approach to moving anywhere by veteran global citizen Diane Lemieux and Anne Parker targets individuals embarking on their first expatriate experience. Knowledgeable about the topic from both a professional and personal basis, the authors have tackled the subject with an extremely detailed interpretation of what...

Empty-nest expat

For years I’ve been planning for the day my children would leave the house. Thirteen years ago my kids were two and five when we returned to the Netherlands. As I looked for a new career, I asked myself, what do I want to be when my children grow up? I decided that I wanted to be a writer, and set about working towards that goal. September 2013 my eldest went off to University and my youngest joined boarding school to do...

International childhoods: a 21st century approach ...

“It wasn’t that long ago that little thought was given to the long-term effects of uprooting children at such crucial stages in their development, but research now proves there is a need to adequately prepare youngsters for what can be an intensely distressing and unsettling experience.” I took this quote from the Amazon review of a book designed to support young children to move abroad. I haven’t read the book so...
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