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We’re Going Through Transition, We’re Not Scared!

A July fun fact for you: The word “summer” is derived from the Proto-Germanic word sumaraz, meaning “upheaval, chaos, change, uncertainty.” Wait, no. No it’s not. But it sure feels that way in Expatland. Summer is when everyone travels, moves,… Continue Reading →

8 Observations about the First 5 Hours in America

Like many American expats, June is the month our family boarded a plane back to the U.S. It’s always surreal to arrive back in the Land of the Free and Home of the Big Gulp. And there’s nothing like the… Continue Reading →

The elusive goal of traveling light

One time. There has only been one time that I have succeeded. And it was glorious. All the logistical stars aligned to make it possible: I was traveling alone, I was only staying one night, and I was staying at… Continue Reading →

Minge Hu (Folk Song Lake) boat tour

Apparently I’m a sucker for boat tours. We’ve gone on a dinner cruise through Alaskan waters, a narrated Star Ferry tour in Victoria Harbour, an airboat ride through the Everglades, a tour of the San Francisco Bay, bamboo rafts in a couple… Continue Reading →

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