Transition Time
Life Lessons from Overseas / Travel

Transition Time

I’m in a funk right now. It’s the pre-moving-across-the-world-again funk. Come two days before we leave for India, I’m going to be flying high with excitement. I thrive on a high-octane mix of stress and adrenaline. I love the thrill of actually boarding the plane to head somewhere new and different. But for me, those weeks before we actually get to pack our bags are always a little yucky. Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: Culture Questions
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Life Lessons from Overseas: Culture Questions

how do you stay sane having to constantly operate in two or more cultures? What do you do when the right thing to do in one culture is the very wrong thing to do in another–how do you pick which set of etiquette and norms for any given circumstance and what can you do to avoid feeling constantly confused or even angry when things in the foreign culture aren’t the way your culture would have you believe they “should” be? It’s easy to say “When in Rome,” but really? For all situations? Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: On Making Good First Impressions & Complaining Wisely…
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Life Lessons from Overseas: On Making Good First Impressions & Complaining Wisely…

The Panda Hash version of a good first impression.  More from the Life Lessons from Overseas series here.  Apologies for the tardiness of this post and any typos, there’s a teething-induced sleep drought going on at Chez Hot Pot right now! First impressions.  Your own and the ones other people have of you. As much … Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: The Sanity-Saving Power of Travel
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Life Lessons from Overseas: The Sanity-Saving Power of Travel

Missing something?  Check out past Life Lessons from Overseas columns: an introduction, culture shock, making friends part I, making friends part II. It’s somewhat disappointing when it turns out that living overseas is not just one nice long 2 year vacation. I mean, you would think that living in a city that attracts tourists and backpackers … Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: The Shocking Reality of Culture Shock
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Life Lessons from Overseas: The Shocking Reality of Culture Shock

Culture shock can hit you anywhere, even Paris (or in this case-Georgetown). Here’s the thing about culture shock, it’s a total misnomer. You hear the phrase “culture shock” and it sounds like something that should happen that moment you step off the plane and feel that first hot wet slap of near-suffocating humidity.  Or it … Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: Things I Learned as a ‘Diplomat’s’ Wife–A New Mini-Series!
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Life Lessons from Overseas: Things I Learned as a ‘Diplomat’s’ Wife–A New Mini-Series!

Random Chengdu photo from our last few weeks in town. So I’m going to start a new mini-series here.  I could call it “Things I Wish I Knew About Being a Trailing Foreign Service Spouse Before We Went Overseas” but that’s kind of long and ungainly, so lets just call it “Life Lessons from Overseas.” … Continue reading