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Getting Ready!

Oh my! We have been paring down our belongings. What we are going to ship is already packed! And minimal! We have sold many of the things we will not be taking with us, the rest we will give to friends and family, or donate. 219 more words


Home Strange Home

Home Strange Home.

Many expats will be moving home this year after living abroad and although one might think it will be a smooth transition to return to our previous lives, experts say — think again. 880 more words


See the number of Africans who were repatriated(send back to their countries) due to xenophobic attack in South Africa

South Africa has repatriated 5,645 foreigners since the end of xenophobia attacks in late April, the government said on Sunday.

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, who said this in a statement, added that the foreigners chose to leave South Africa voluntarily. 176 more words

This Week Out There - April 27th – May 3rd

A selection of this week’s expat-related stories Whatever gets you through the night…

It can be a little lonely out there as a stranger in a strange land, and everyone has different ways of dealing with it. 488 more words

Expat Life

The Hierophant

Prompt: Take a chance

The Hierophant

Without really knowing what the Hierophant means, I picked it out of the Tarot deck lying around my house, which my mother bought from the bookstore – when there were big box bookstores competing for everyone’s cash for about 20 years – and for once, I checked it out, opened the small bag that the cards were wrapped in, the clingfilm plastic that used to cover the cards now long gone, after my daughter checked out the cards for their pretty pictures, but I was too strung out at the time that she opened the cards and just wanted to look at the pictures, I took the cards from her, saying THIS IS LOLA’s, and she can’t play with them, or even just look at the pictures, because really, I was a little scared that she would ask questions and I didn’t know what the Tarot really was for, and I didn’t want her to get any ideas about the beautiful drawings and pictures, and I wonder actually how the artist came up with the pictures for all 52 cards of the tarot, they were all Victorian and a little kitsch, but all good, collages – I wish I had time to collage, I told myself – so I snatched up the cards from my weeping, bewildered daughter and put them back inside the cheap satin cloth bag they came in, and returned the instruction book into the box that they came in, the first time they came into my house, when my mom was curious about telling the future or coming to terms with her past, using the Tarot as a tool to recover, or remember, or repatriate her own past. 271 more words


New place.

It’s curious, being in this new place. There’s so much I’m unfamiliar with. Walking lightly cobbled streets that the soles of my shoes have never touched, ghosting my way under street lamps with a Cheshire small spread thick across my lips, scuttling down the subway steps in a false hurry to another new place. 372 more words

Phnom Penh

Out again.

And I’m off again, this time to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Blog posts later (including finishing the ones about the United Arab Emirates). See you in a few.