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Proof Of Existence (And Other Challenges) For A Third-Culture Kid

I’ve recently been commiserating with one of our editors-at-large…

She’s also a third-culture kid. Born in Singapore—with British and Canadian lineage—she was raised for much of her life in Asia and the Middle East.

Like me, she has few real roots to any one place in this world, which comes with its own set of complications…

She hasn’t had a permanent residence since she graduated college nearly 10 years ago. She’s realizing only now what a serious impediment that is. A kid just out of college has little life administration to attain (what 22-year-old has ever thought about needing to maintain residency anywhere?), so the fact of a permanent address didn’t even occur to her back then.
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Properties shape us more than we know.

Settling into my new apartment here in Paris stirred up memories of all the houses in my life—and how each one shaped my future.

In Maryland, before moving to Ireland, we lived in five different homes, but none were very special to me. What was special was the home I spent much of my childhood in (perhaps more time than in the others combined)… my grandparents’ house. Continue reading

Apartment balconies in Paris

Why Planning Is Vital For Long-Term Property Investments

In preparation for our recent move to Paris, my husband Harry and I had a plan.

Because we were already visiting the City of Light for work, or passing through on the way to other destinations, we decided to stop by as frequently as possible—even if it was just overnight.

Half of this strategy was to bring over extra suitcases (stuffed with not-often-needed mementos, books, winter clothing, and other things we didn’t think we’d miss for a few months) and store them here until we could join them.

The other half was to house hunt. Continue reading

Colorful houses in the Lisbon sunshine

Read This If You’re Thinking Of Buying Or Renting In Portugal

Portugal, Then And Now

As one of the most unassuming countries of Europe today, it’s easy to forget the power trip that Portugal enjoyed for centuries…

I’ve spent so much time in Spanish colonial cities in my life, but I’ve still not been to Brazil. I didn’t make it to Goa while in India either. And, until two weeks ago, I’d never visited the motherland herself.

So, I return from this first trip with a smattering of trivia on the country, her culture, and history. Turns out, modest little Portugal made some pretty astounding impacts that persist to this day…
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Array of different tinned fishes in Portugal

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So Long, Portugal, And Thanks For All The Fish 

Don’t judge a country by its food.

Or, at least, by the first dish you experience.

On my first day in Portugal I feared that the Mediterranean diet wouldn’t be for me. The Portuguese seem to eat nothing but meat… and often in a hardy form.

Picture a lasagna of pork, chorizo, bread, and gravy and you’ve got yourself a Portuguese special.

When I ordered a veal appetizer, out came a bowl heaped with red meat—no additions or adulterations. (My best guess is it could only have been intended for multiple diners.)Continue reading

View across Panama Bay, in Panama City

After Four Great Years I’m Saying Au Revoir To Panama

Gone Surfin’ 

It started last Monday when I began emptying out my apartment here in Panama City.

I looked at the bed where, four years ago—new to town—I had thrown myself down in tears… wondering what I had done… how I could have left my country, my friends, and my family behind…

Now the tears were back again. And they’ve been coming every day since, as I prepare to leave behind the many friends Arnaud and I have made here… and the city and country that has gradually become our home… Continue reading

Medellin Colombia, view of the city and high rise apartment buildings

What I’ve Discovered After 9 Years Renting In Colombia

Dipping A Toe In Your New Home Overseas

Living overseas doesn’t have to be all or nothing. For many expats we know, it’s been a gradual process…

Take Jeff Paschke, for instance.

Jeff started out simply looking for a winter escape from his home in Dallas, Texas. He began his hunt by reading Life Magazine’s “100 Places to See in Your Lifetime,” whittling that list down to just two places he thought might suit him: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Cartagena, Colombia.Continue reading