Tag Archives: Culture Shock

Brave Beginnings

Dropping a comfortable and stable life for expatriation, whatever one’s reasons, is a brave thing to do. It’s also reckless and more than a little stupid. My first experience abroad was as an au pair the summer following my freshman … Continue reading

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In a Shrinking World

As I write this, one side of my computer screen shows Kate Middleton driving to Westminster Abbey. The modern, modern world lets me sit in Italy and watch a wedding in London while texting a friend at the space shuttle … Continue reading

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Getting Nowhere (Importing a Car, Part 2)

If I lived in Rome or Milan, I would by no means want a car. The traffic! The parking! Why drive when public transit is absolutely capable of getting you from A to B with little other hassle than looking … Continue reading

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Our Greatest Expat Mistake

This is a picture of our family car sitting in our garage in Italy. It has been sitting like this, alone and un-driven, for eleven months. It’s the reason I didn’t blog much last year, because every post was an … Continue reading

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