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Ask an Expat: It's here...

Ask an Expat: It’s here…

Welcome Autumn! On Saturday, we turned on the heat for the first time. We would have had a fire too, but the fireplace is in the music studio, and there isn’t a lot of lounging space in there. Still, it was a cozy weekend :-) Saturday, I enjoyed a lovely late lunch with my husband […]

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Ask an Expat: Our version of the first day of school

Ask an Expat: Our version of the first day of school

School books and supplies for five classes. In recent weeks, I’ve had  a number of people ask me about Roxi school, so I thought that was probably a sign that I should do an update… Roxi’s books arrived on Friday. The larger packet on the right contained her science kit–we haven’t had a minute to […]

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Ask an Expat: My new "carpool" commute

Ask an Expat: My new “carpool” commute

For the six years Roxi was in school in Houston, I drove morning and afternoon carpool most every school day. In the morning, I drove in rush hour traffic for 20-30 minutes (each way) and prayed a traffic jam wouldn’t cause Roxi to be tardy (the dreaded “T” word). For an hour each afternoon, I […]

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Ask an Expat: Drowning in papers and all our worldly possessions

Ask an Expat: Drowning in papers and all our worldly possessions

I could use about 50 of these. Fortunately for us, there isn’t a lot of paperwork for us to fill out for our return to the UK. Our visas are current and my husband works for the same company, so at least those important bits are taken care of. The paperwork I’ve been messing with […]

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Ask an Expat: Letting go and moving forward (or I've moved past senioritis, thank goodness!)

Ask an Expat: Letting go and moving forward (or I’ve moved past senioritis, thank goodness!)

Roxi and I enjoyed coffee and this view from La Place’s balcony yesterday. V&D, Den Haag Centrum. Yesterday was Liberation Day in the Netherlands. It used to be celebrated every year, but in 2000 someone decided that it only would be celebrated every five years. Hmm. Anyway, I thought that city workers would be on holiday […]

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Ask an Expat: Ice in drinks

Ask an Expat: Ice in drinks

In the comments from last week’s Ask an Expat, Julia left me this question: I think it’s interesting that you want less from the U.S. I don’t know what I’d miss the most if I left. Maybe ice since I hear that you can never get ice in your drink in Europe. Is that true? […]

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