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Taking Route

An Expat Tale (Of Taxis, Trains, and Turkeys)

    What is it with U.S. American expats and turkey?!? In honor of Thanksgiving and our beloved bird, I’m recounting a couple crazy turkey tales over at Taking Route today. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving! An Expat Tale (Of Taxis,… Continue Reading →

How Living Overseas Drained the Extrovert out of Me (Taking Route)

Our organization tends to attract introverts, so, as an extrovert, I tend to stick out like a sore (but happy and chatty) thumb at meetings. The truth is, I’m not as extroverted as I once was. Why the change? As… Continue Reading →

The two words overseas workers need to hear (Taking Route)

I don’t know about you, but I am ever-so-grateful for my encouragers. They are the ones who cheer me on over email, Facebook, Skype calls, and more. They’re the ones who bless us with care packages, and ask how we’re… Continue Reading →

The Silver Lining of Frequent Moves (Taking Route)

Moving has been on my mind a lot lately, and today I’m sharing some of the positive aspects of moving over at Taking Route. If you’ve moved a lot, maybe this will bring you a little encouragement. I’d love to… Continue Reading →

Decompression Layovers – Part 1 (Taking Route)

I’m writing a mini-series on decompression layovers over at Taking Route, and the first post is out today. I can’t remember clearly how we first heard of the idea of taking a decompression layover, and I don’t even know what… Continue Reading →

Insulting the elderly (Taking Route)

The swell gals over at Taking Route have been running a series called “31 Tips for Surviving (Not Crying) in a New Country.” This month, they and guest contributors are sharing all kinds of humorous tales of language and culture… Continue Reading →

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