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An English Schoolgirl’s Wardrobe

I thought I’d share today about something that is so normal and classic here, but that still makes me roll my eyes– school uniforms.  Granted, when I was Amelia’s age, I was being homeschooled with a bunch of other kids, and the only rule about what we could wear was that we had better not […]

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Life in England

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Expat Life: Let’s Talk About Culture Shock (Part 1)

I remember the first time I heard the term culture shock.  I was eight and had just moved to the Philippines.  It sounded like something terrible that could knock a person out, maybe for good.  Like electric shock, or toxic shock, or something equally awful.  The adults (all American missionaries in the Philippines) were talking […]

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Petite Chef

It has been spring break here for the last week and a half.  We still have almost another whole week to go!  I wish we could have taken a trip while Amelia was out of school, but instead we have mostly been hanging around at home. I like taking her with me on errands, and […]

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Into the Mouse Hole!

Ever since Amelia could crawl, she has been clutching some little scrap in her fist.  It started out as something edible, but now it’s usually a wad of tissue, a barrette, or a pebble.  I also find these in her pockets, along with, leaves, twigs and a hundred tiny bits of paper.  Although she isn’t […]

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The World’s Best Tourist is Five Years Old

“Look, it’s Big Ben!” she squealed.  She walked faster, and excitedly started rambling… “You know what that means… The buildings of Parliament must be nearby, too!  This is where the Great Fire of London happened.  This is where Samuel Peeps lived…” Yes, my five year old is a historian.  You could not meet a more […]

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Expat Life

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Expat Life: Let’s Talk About Alienation

Part of the deal when choosing an expat lifestyle is being a foreigner.  It’s just a fact.  On the one hand, being a foreigner is really cool, since by definition, you are constantly discovering your new surroundings, and so your senses are heightened toward the new exciting world you have chosen.  On the other hand, you […]

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Turkish People + Amelia = LOVE

It started as soon as we arrived in Turkey, at the Istanbul airport.  We were going through security for our connecting flight to Antalya, and after Amelia walked through the metal detector, one of the male security guards knelt down– I thought to inspect Amelia or ask her to take her boots off– and swept […]

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Travel in Turkey

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For My Fellow Expat Mamas…

It’s been fun participating in the Top 25 Expat Blogs contest, the main reason being that I have discovered many new blogs and fellow expat mamas.  For you, ladies, I thought I’d share an article my mother (an expat mom herself) passed on to me about bilingual children.  Here’s the link. My own sassy little […]

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