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Ask an Expat: Settling in, finding balance

The chaos that is my studio. We are approaching the three month mark of our move back to England. And while we didn’t have a lot of acclimating to do for this move culture-wise, our lives have definitely taken a turn in a different direction. Almost as soon as we moved back, we plunged into […]

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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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These are the good old days*

Outside our local grocery store. This pooch could teach me a thing or two about being patient! Roxi got a citizen award yesterday! Participation in school and community service Positive attitude toward classmates, school community Strength of character and courage to do what is right An understanding and appreciation of civic responsibility Promotion of citizenship […]

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Ask an Expat: A suit of a different sort, more about Jantje, and an update on The Move

Fashion Wrap Up They take Orange quite seriously here ;-) Bravo! I loved reading all of your comments on the DH men’s fashion post last week. I took those photos during morning rush hour on a work day and yes, I was near an office building (hence all the suits). However, I do think that […]

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Ask an Expat: Men’s fashion in The Hague

A couple months ago, Duncan asked if I could post some photos of men’s fashion. It’s finally been warm enough here that people have been riding around without their big coats. So here you go, Duncan–a small and very unscientific sampling of Den Haag men’s fashion :-) As usual, if anyone has ever wondered anything […]

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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!)

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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Eeyore weather

It’s been dark and gloomy these last few days. Lots of  strong wind, rain, and occasionally some sleet. I wish someone would say: “April Fools! Here’s your beautiful Spring weather back.” [Edited 7:00 pm to add: Mother Nature took pity on us and offered a sun-filled afternoon. Still lots of wind, but I felt those […]

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Ask an Expat: Weather in May and June

A beautiful March sky in Den Haag. Last week, Alinda asked: We’re spending 2 months in Europe beginning mid-may. (our 1st time too) We’ll be camping a lot because we’re frugal and we love the outdoors. I’m wondering just how much it really rains in northern Europe and Britain. How much (dry) camping is possible? Thanks! Alinda, oh […]

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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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