The Single Expat: Understand your natural patterns, embrace them and make them work for you

For the next few weeks my sister Kate - The Single Expat - will share some of her global mobility experiences. I'm finding her insights fascinating, both the parallels to my experiences as well as the differences, challenges and perks of moving on her own. Early Memories of Moving as a Family I turned three years old just a few weeks after my family moved to Germany from…

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Repatriation Part 1: Bumpy Landing – Arriving “Back” in Germany

Update - this is part 2 of a three part series. Click on links to read Part 2: The first few months and Part 3: Building Connections.We landed in Germany on 28. August with 11 suitcases and 5 carry-ons. We’d been living abroad for 8 years. During this time we had kept our apartment in southern Germany, but because Tom’s family lives in central Germany we never spent…

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Leaving Well – How to Say Goodbye

I feel resistance and dread just writing the title to this post. Do you know the feeling? Just the thought of farewells makes me want to run in the opposite direction, hope it all goes away and comes right in the end. But therein lies the crux of it. If we don’t make it right, it won’t go away and we will take that uncomfortable feeling with us,…

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