Sweet Sadness

Sweet sadness. This may be the most quintessential expat emotion. It’s the simultaneous desire to go and to stay. It’s loneliness wrapped in joy, blanketed in longing, softened by comfort. Going somewhere can be so sweet – the new adventure, the new friends, the...

Book Review – The Good Shufu by Tracy Slater

I don’t usually review books here, but increasingly I feel drawn to create an archive of book reviews. I read a lot. Maybe it’s a good idea. People often ask me if I can recommend books about the expat experience or about mindfulness. It dawned on me while reading...

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The quote above is from the third book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I never thought it would be my type of thing, but the books have captured me completely. It’s not really all that surprising though – it’s exactly my type of story....

What Happened When We Answered the 36 Questions

I love the New York Times Modern Love column. If you’re also a fan, you may have seen Mandy Len Catron’s piece – To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This. In the essay, she talks about a study in which strangers ask each other 36 questions. The New York Times reports that...

Space for Soul Mates

This article was originally published on Expat Bookshop – a great resource for finding expat-focused, expat-friendly, and expat-written books. She took the words right out of my mouth. We laughed. Then five minutes later I finished her sentence. Then we laughed...

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