Archive for the ‘Cultural Adjustment’ Category

I still haven't found out why it's called Hoppin' John.

A Southern New Year Tradition

One of the things I love about moving is learning about local traditions and culture.  My husband and I are living in the South for the first time ever and it feels almost as foreign to us as Kenya did.  I love hearing Southern accents, and appreciate that strangers are often kinder and more patient [...]

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Starting New Holiday Traditions

My husband and I usually travel during the holidays.  My dad lives in Maine, my mom and brother live in Colorado, and my sister lives in Washington.  My in-laws live in Virginia, and my sister-in-law lives in London.  Hence, if we want to spend the holidays with family, we travel. This year, for the first [...]

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First Impressions of the U.S.

There’s nothing like leaving home sweet home to give you fresh eyes and a new appreciation.  I was only in Kenya for about five months, but it was a long enough time that when I got back to the U.S., I noticed all sorts of interesting things that normally slip past my radar. Here are [...]

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The Expert’s Guide to Buying Souvenirs

As you may have heard, my husband is an expert souvenir shopper.  Today, he is stopping by One Trailing Spouse to share his shopping and bargaining secrets with us.  Whether your traveling to the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, or Africa, these expert tips will help you get the best deals with the least amount of stress.

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Nairobi Half Life: Movie Review

Living as a wealthy expat in Kenya, I only see one microcosm of life here.  I recently saw a Kenyan movie called Nairobi Half Life, which illuminated another sector of life, a sector that I’m less familiar with. The movie follows a young man, Mwas, who moves from his village in rural Kenya to Nairobi [...]