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2019 Year in Travel Review

Everyone does travel year-in-review blog posts. But let’s be real: it only really works for those lucky few who have been to dozens of different destinations. Those with enviable schedules and even better photos. I’d love to do a year in review of the sort, one that shows me jet-setting across the world (even if that’s not… Read more »

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Cross-Cultural Communication For a Better Life

Some say that so-called “soft skills” are the economic powerhouses of the 21st-century. That more than specific technologies, we need to help our children develop a high emotional intelligence, diplomacy and cross-cultural communication skills.  Little touches on my life more than cross-cultural communication skills. Traveling abroad or even more, living abroad, inherently requires some level of cross-cultural communication.  Defined… Read more »

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Why I Don’t Celebrate Thanksgiving Abroad

I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. Not because of its history, which is absolutely terrible, but because of what it’s become today. A long weekend to recoup and recover. A time for family. An entire holiday with the simple idea of giving thanks for the wonderful things in our lives. And one of the few holidays with… Read more »

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Real Talk: Italian Healthcare Insanity

Let me just tell you a little story to illustrate just how Italy works. …or, DOESN’T work. Awhile back I decided to get my nose and sinuses checked out. Work started late this year so I took advantage of my time off in September and went to my general practitioner to get a reference for… Read more »

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Sometimes … in Italy

Sometimes there are no more seats And sometimes you get on the wrong train. Sometimes it leads to the beach when it’s not the same dreary commute.   Sometimes your accent is made fun of other times it’s praised. Sometimes you code-switch like a goddess And other times you’re met with confused blinks.   Sometimes the café is out… Read more »

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Raising a Bilingual Baby in Italy

“You’re so lucky your baby is going to be born bilingual!” You can’t imagine how many times I heard that statement or something similar when expecting Adeline. Eventually, because I’m petty, I couldn’t stop myself from gently reminding people that babies aren’t born with any language. They have to acquire it, whether “native” or a second language. I… Read more »

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Modern-Day Dads, or The Lack Thereof

I had a wealth of fears about becoming a new mom when I was pregnant. Would the baby be healthy? Would I be able to make her happy? How would my life change? How would my relationship change? What if..? How, how how? What I didn’t expect was how isolating it can feel. See, we’re… Read more »

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Being Pregnant in Italy

It’s impossible to fully understand pregnancy until you’ve been pregnant. We all have an idea, but beyond that there’s really no preparing. I spent hours with my £36 What to Expect When You’re Expecting book shipped from the UK to my otherwise-Italian speaking home, desperately searching for answers. Is that normal? What about that? Holy hell what… Read more »

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How to Vote from Abroad

US Citizens abroad can vote and should vote. After all, moving abroad doesn’t mean you don’t identify as a USA citizen. You still support your country from abroad, you still pay taxes and your voice still matters. Living abroad doesn’t take away my rights or responsibilities as a United States citizen. And though voting from overseas can feel a… Read more »

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How to Be the Best Houseguest Ever

Summer is here, bringing with it vacations, road trips and impromptu visits. Whenever I’m invited to a friend’s place in another town, I always go. (Making me, of course, either the worst or the best friend….but at least now you know). I absolutely love visiting a new place with the help of someone who lives there…. Read more »