Category Archives: Expatriating

The ex-pat life is a lot of metaphors.

It’s strange, this whole ex-pat thing.┬áMy inner monologue is sometimes a chaotic crowd of voices as the new intersects with the old. Each trip to the grocery story, I try to blend in, while off the shelf I pull item … Continue reading

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Our Epic Stateside Trip, Part 2b/4: New York City (the second time around)

Back to mid-August, 2013. We drove south on the Pike towards New Jersey, first. We have friends there, Sean’s old college buddy, Bob, and his family. They are great! We arrived slightly sluggish, a bit late, and still a little … Continue reading

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Our Epic Stateside Trip, Part 3: Our Fair City, Cambridge, Mass

Back to the post I started to write months ago. I am writing this now, in mid-January. But I must now conjure up the days of last (North American) summer. We’d left the dreary Gisborne winter and first landed in … Continue reading

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More of this

I have a lot of hopes for 2014. Athletic pursuits, like pushing myself from the half-marathon distance to my first full marathon. (I’m registered for the 50th Anniversary Rotorua Marathon in May. Yikes!) And becoming a better surfer. And of … Continue reading

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The Return

We spent 25 days visiting three cities we used to call home: Chicago, Boston, and New York City. It was a trip taut with culture and reconnection. We packed it in (they’ll be a re-cap blog post) and by “it,” … Continue reading

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9 months later, and what I’m feeling is this:

It’s been forever since I wrote a post that wasn’t merely summarizing our recent adventure. Busy busy busy, yes, but there’s more to it. Writing the ex-pat experience is at times painful in it’s tangle of emotions. I think I’ve … Continue reading

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The expat life is full of surprises

Here are a few things that I was surprised to find out, about the Kiwi people and culture. (Also, * = Sweeping Generalization.) 1) The Kiwis LOVE The Smashing Pumpkins*. 2) I thought that the Kiwis really liked the Lionel … Continue reading

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